Economic Development

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Economic Development Department to diversify the Tribe’s revenue source, and to ensure sustainability for the next generation and beyond.

Vision Statement

To become a self-reliant, self-sufficient and sustainable economic driver for the Confederated Tribes Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.

Economic Development Contact Information

Director - Bruce Thomas

9615 Grand Ronde Road
Grand Ronde, OR 97347

Phone: 503-879-5211

Monday - Friday
8am - 12pm, 1pm - 5pm




In May of 2012, Tribal Council directed the Economic Development Department to explore options to acquire a third party administrator (TPA) for health care services. When Shasta’s divestiture from Jeld Wen was announced later in the summer of 2012, CTGR put in a bid for Shasta and negotiated the acquisition through a joint venture with HWMG.

Lamatsin, LLC, a joint venture between Huy Huy, LLC (a wholly owned tribal entity; a majority owner or 51% owner of Lamatsin) and Hawaii Western Management Group (a health care service provider in Hawaii, a minority or 49% owner), completed its acquisition of Shasta Administrative Services on October 31st, 2012.

Partnership with HWMG has unique benefits to the Tribe. HWMG brings certain assets and infrastructure that would have otherwise required the Tribe to make significant additional investment


The Tribe’s investment in SAM Medical Products was completed on December 31, 2012. In 2013 our department began working on the Phase II of the two prong strategy. Phase II would use Dakta, LLC to have our own Tribally owned distribution/assembly hub. Currently we have accounting set up and have taken small orders in house.

The investment in SAM satisfies the Tribe’s diversification investment strategy and potentially provide jobs for Tribal members.


At the beginning of 2012, we had the opportunity to explore a partnership opportunity with AreoEnvironment Inc., to establish an electric vehicle charging station in Grand Ronde. The project was funded by the U.S. ODOT Tiger II grant. At no cost to the Tribe, we were able to put an electric vehicle charging stations at the convenience store adjacent to the casino.

The construction was completed on November 27, 2012. As of now, commuters with electric vehicles can use the Tribe’s facility to charge their vehicle. This project complies with the Tribe’s synergistic strategy.