Designer Knives Pay Dividends to Clackamas Manufacturer
Benchmade Knife now employs 180 workers and exports its designed manufactured knives to customers in 40 countries.
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.
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Tim McCabe, Director
Tim McCabe has been the agency director since May 2008. Tim's credibility as an economic development professional and his history as the Governor's Economic Development Policy Advisor changed the reputation of the agency internally and externally. Tim's vision of partnership has allowed the agency to be innovative in the way it approaches serving Oregon's businesses across the state to retain existing jobs and create new family-wage jobs for Oregonians. Almost every business development strategy the agency currently deploys can be tied to another economic development partner—a testament to Tim's commitment to delivering the most effective and cost-efficient services possible.
Tim came to Business Oregon after serving as Governor Kulongoski's Senior Economic Development Policy Advisor for more than two years. Prior to that position, Tim worked for Pacific Power for 10 years as manager of the economic development department. Tim is a graduate of the University of Oregon.
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.
A 2011 report by Ernst and Young on the best states for business, pronounced Oregon has the second-lowest business taxes on new investments.