Jon Stark, Senior Manager
Jon joined REDI in 2006 with a strong vision for the Redmond’s future and a deep belief in its growing business community. He has enjoyed being a part of the city’s many success stories over the last decade, big and small. As REDI’s Senior Manager, Jon recruits new companies to Redmond and supports the expansion of the city’s existing traded-sector businesses. On any given day, you can find him helping companies with business finance, site selection and zoning, facilities development, manufacturing processes, product marketing, workforce training, employee recruitment, incentives and much more.
Prior to REDI, Jon was VP of Business Development for Express Employment where he developed workforce solutions for over 200 Central Oregon companies. The experience drove home the importance of a prepared workforce to healthy economic development. As a result, he has continued to champion this focus at REDI, helping to create innovative educational programs that connect technical training with local job opportunities. It was the success of these efforts and other initiatives that led to Jon being named Economic Development Leader of the Year by the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) in 2015.
Growing up skiing competitively and exploring the outdoors, Jon loves living in Central Oregon and taking his family on recreation adventures. Most of all, he’s an avid fisherman. Make sure to ask him about Deschutes Steelhead and Chinook salmon – he knows as much about the lakes and rivers of Central Oregon as he does about economic development!