SAM Medical Positioned for Future Growth
Business Oregon helped SAM Medical increase productivity by 100%, reduce lead-time by 33% and attend two international trade shows where the company generated an additional $25,000 in export sales.
In order to advance critical job creation and economic development activities, industrial development must occur without lengthy approval processes through multiple agencies. The 2011 Legislature reviewed the permit processes at state agencies, and is creating an environment where agencies work together to meet a 120-day timeline.
To oversee this process, the Economic Recovery Review Council (ERRC) was created along with two, distinct programs which the council has oversight. The council is made up of agency directors from five state agencies: Business Oregon, Environmental Quality, Land Conservation and Development, State Lands and Transportation. The council also must include a representative from an affected local government if requested.
Sean Robbins, Director
Sean Robbins became the Director of Business Oregon June 1. Sean comes from Greater Portland Inc. (GPI) where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011. He has more than a decade of experience in economic development, commercial real estate and urban and regional planning.
From 2009 to 2011 Sean served as the Executive Vice President of Thrive, Madison, Wisconsin's, regional public-private economic development partnership and from 2006-2009 as the Senior Vice President of Development for one of the upper-Midwest's largest commercial real estate firms.
Sean holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Dick Pederson, Director
Dick is the Director of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality and has been serving it that role since June 2008. Prior to that and beginning in November of 2007, he was DEQ's Acting Director. He started his career with DEQ in September 1996 as Manager of the Environmental Cleanup program. He also was Manager of the DEQ Water Division's Watershed Management Section; Division Administrator for the Land Quality Division; Region Administrator of DEQ's Northwest Region; and Deputy Director.
From 1993 to 1996, Dick was the U.S. Department of the Interior's project manager for a major natural resource damage assessment of a mining area in Northern Idaho. Prior to that, Dick worked 18 years for the state of Montana. His last position there was Manager of the state's Superfund and Natural Rescue Damage programs.
Dick has a Bachelor's degree in Combined Science (Biology and Chemistry) from Carroll College in Helena, Montana.
Jim Rue, Acting Director
Jim Rue is the Acting Director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Prior to joining DLCD in October of 2009, he spent 10 years working to reclaim and remediate the Ross Island complex of islands in Portland, eventually arranging a donation to the city of Portland. Rue is the third generation of his family to own and operate a small farm in Silverton, where he currently resides with his wife. He has a Master of Forest Science and a Master of Business Administration from Yale University.
Louise Solliday, Director
Louise currently serves as Director of the Department of State Lands. Previously she spent 8 years working in the Governor's Office during the Kitzhaber and Kulongoski administrations in a variety of positions including Watershed Advisor, Natural Resources Project Manger, Natural Resources Advisor and Senior Policy Advisor.
Louise has a BS in Education, spent ten years teaching high school economics and government, and served for 5 years as a labor relations consultant. She also spent 6 years working for a conservation organization prior to working in the Governor's Office.
Matthew Garrett, Director
Matthew Garrett is the Director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, leading its 4,600 employees and managing its $4.07 billion biennial budget.
Before assuming the directorship in December 2005, Matthew served as Local Government Liaison, Chief of Staff and as the Portland Region manager for ODOT.
Before joining the ODOT staff in 1997, Matthew served on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield from1994 to 1997 in both his Washington, D.C., office and as Oregon field representative.
Matt is a graduate of George Washington University and holds a Bachelor's degree in political science.
Oregon is a unique balance of geographic beauty and modern technological development and is well known for an accepting, active culture with a vibrant arts community.