Tag Archives: Economic Development

What lies ahead for Corning plant

New York-based glass producer Corning Inc. says it has no immediate plans for the huge shuttered Hynix computer-chip plant it recently bought in west Eugene. But state and local economic development officials have been working hard on a top-secret plan for Eugene’s largest manufacturing site. The plan could involve lucrative enterprise zone property tax waivers […]
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Business Oregon pushes Port of Astoria to think strategically

Business Oregon has lent the Port of Astoria about $20 million to expand and repair its aging infrastructure since the 2000s.Chris Cummings, the deputy director of the state’s economic development agency, told the Port Commission on Tuesday that the agency might not loan any more money until the Port’s strategic plan is updated. Source: Business Oregon […]
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GOP Tax Plan Would Make It More Expensive for States and Cities to Build Affordable Housing and Hospitals

State and local stakeholders were blindsided by an aspect of the tax bill that would eliminate tax-free financing for many large government projects. In a surprise move, the Republican tax plan released on Thursday contains a proposal that finance experts say would be devastating for governments trying to find money for economic development projects. The bill would […]
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‘Plywood on steroids’ holds great potential for Oregon economy, environment

Oregon BEST study finds the state could gain thousands of jobs by nurturing the cross-laminated timber industry. Oregon and Southwest Washington are well-positioned to become a manufacturing hub for cross-laminated timber — an innovative building product sometimes called “plywood on steroids” — according to a new study prepared by Oregon BEST. Source: Pamplin Media Group […]
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State agency aims to ‘spend more time in communities’

Business Oregon, the state’s agency for economic development and business community, is heavily invested in Malheur County. That’s why the county was one of the first counties that Director Chris Harder visited last week while on a tour to find out the status of projects and further needs. Harder was accompanied last week by a […]
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OUR VIEW: Laying a housing foundation – Editorials

If our economy is a house, then housing is the foundation. Every new job added at a data center or RV manufacturer or local hospital is one more person looking for a home, and depending on the profession, those housing needs will look different. In Umatilla County there is a narrow 1.4 percent vacancy rate […]
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Growing jobs in Lakeview

It’s been several years in the making, with various regulatory curve balls changing plans along the way, but the finishing touches are finally being placed on a commercial marijuana facility in Lakeview. The latest acquisition by The 42nd Group, a California-based property management company specializing in commercial agriculture operations, is an abandoned door manufacturing facility […]
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Help for small firms in new natural resource economy

Helping small companies take advantage of emerging opportunities in agriculture and natural resources is the goal of a new award-winning development program in Eastern Oregon. The New Natural Resource Economy project aims to help small firms develop new products, such as organic wheat, biomass fuels or lumber from juniper trees, as well as find new […]
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Renewal of federal grant for UO center supports rural Oregonians 

The Community Service Center helps small communities with economic development. If you were to ask UO students who hail from the state’s small towns what they did for fun growing up, chances are they’d say they went to the movies at a local theater. They might even say they sold tickets and worked the popcorn […]
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Portland has ownership group in place for MLB team, looking to fast-track baseball to Oregon

Baseball America first reported that Portland has a “legitimate ownership group” in place, which makes the city an intriguing target for MLB expansion. Source: Portland has ownership group in place for MLB team, looking to fast-track baseball to Oregon | OregonLive.com