www.oregon4biz.com RSS http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php Latest news en <p><B><i>From Oregon Cultural Trust</i></b></p><h1>2014 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=142 <p>Prizes awarded daily Oct. 1-8 for social media posts. Please visit the Cultural Trust Web site to <a href="http://www.culturaltrust.org/news/2014-days-culture-celebrate-how-oregonians-experience-culture-prizes-awarded-daily-oct-1-8" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> October 1, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Successfully Secures $300,000 in Federal Funding for Small Business Export Promotion Grants</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=141 <p>Oregon has been awarded $300,000 in a third round of federal grant funding to help Oregon companies promote their products to customers around the world through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program. <p>Since 2012, STEP-funded export promotion grants totaling $594,000 helped 170 Oregon companies achieve immediate sales of more than $21 million. These sales were a direct result of attending trade shows and other foreign activities with the grants. These grant recipients also reported estimated future sales of more than $80 million as a result of the connections made at the shows. <p>"Selling into these foreign markets brings new revenue into the hands of small businesses, and new dollars into Oregon's economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That's serious ROI, $594,000 in and $21 million back in return with another $80 million potentially down the road. Pairing our staff's foreign market expertise with individual grants of $5,000, these companies have already realized an incredible return on the state and federal investment." <p>The grants play a large part of Business Oregon's global trade strategy, as do trade missions, such as one currently planned for Asia in October, where Business Oregon will join the Port of Portland and others to lead a group to China, Hong Kong and Japan. The mission will promote Oregon goods and services as well as in-bound investment. <p>Oregon's trade with Pacific Rim remained paramount in 2013 with significant exports to Japan and South Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013, and trade with China grew 27% over 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. The increased trade with China was highlighted by 122% growth in manufactured machinery exports and 36% growth in computer and electronic goods. <p>The third year of STEP funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration will become available on October 1. The funding supports the participation of Oregon small businesses in international trade shows and trade missions through individual export development grants of up to $5,000. <p>These new grant funds can be used for activities through September 2015. More information available <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/STEP-Program/">here</a>. <p>### September 4, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Brings Together State Agencies to Study Endangered Plant and Promote Economic Growth</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=140 <p><B>Klamath Falls</b>&#151;After hearing the concerns of elected officials, business leaders, and citizens, Business Oregon and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) have teamed up to advance a native plant study as part of a larger effort to improve infrastructure at the Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Airport. Business Oregon identified this collaborative opportunity during the first of its 11 Regional Economic Forums being held across the state.</p><p>At the request of the Governor's South Central Regional Solutions Team and local officials, including State Senator Doug Whitsett, Business Oregon will provide $18,000 to fund the environmental study, which is a key component of the overall airfield improvement project. The scheduled taxiway construction and related improvements are designed, in part, to better enable takeoffs and landing for air tankers fighting forest fires.</p><p>"The Crater Lake-Klamath Airport Regional Airport is a critical driver of the Klamath Basin economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "After our recent visit and the July 16 community forum in Klamath Falls, it was clear the best way we could help in the near-term was to meet the funding gap for this conservation study. I'm pleased we could respond so quickly with a signed agreement to move forward."</p><p>Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Regional Airport is home to the largest remaining population in the world of Applegate's milkvetch, a rare plant that is both state- and federally-listed as endangered. The consultation work, supervised by the ODA, will help craft a management solution that facilitates the essential infrastructure upgrades while preserving the integrity of the milkvetch population and its airport habitat. A mitigation plan that meets state and federal conservation guidelines is required before Federal Aviation Administration funding of as much as $7.7 million to support the new taxiway can be released.</p><p>"This is a great example of successful collaboration at the state level to address important local and regional issues," said ODA Director Katy Coba. "We were able to align funding from one agency with the subject matter expertise of another through coordination provided by the Regional Solutions Team. This is the type of teamwork Oregonians want to see as part of good government."</p><p>The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport is home to the 173rd Fighter Wing of Oregon's Air National Guard, the second-largest employer in Klamath Falls, with approximately 900 workers at the adjacent Kingsley Field. The Guard provides an estimated annual economic impact of roughly $118 million and the proposed taxiway development will allow the Guard to safely continue operations.</p><p>According to the city of Klamath Falls, the airport provides 750 jobs either at the site, or within the community, in aviation-related businesses and industries located on or adjacent to the field. In addition, the airport produces an estimated $85 million more in positive economic impacts for the Klamath Basin region.</p> August 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Delegation of Five Oregon Outdoor Gear Companies to OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=139 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon will lead an Oregon delegation of five outdoor gear and apparel companies to the OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014 trade show in Germany this week.</p><p>Another 13 Oregon outdoor firms will also either appear at the show or promote themselves in the Oregon Outdoor booth. The <a href="http://www.outdoor-show.com/" target=_blank>OutDoor Friedrichshafen show</a> takes place July 10-13 and is considered Europe's premier outdoor industry event, featuring more than 900 exhibitors from 40 countries showcasing their products and services.</p><p>"Nike and Columbia Sportswear aren't here by accident. Oregon has emerged as a global leader in the outdoor gear and apparel industry, in part because we are the place where customers come to play and to push their gear to the limit," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That is why we work hard every day to help Oregon's outdoor gear designers and manufacturers find customers all around the world so they can grow back here in Oregon."</p><p>Business Oregon will provide <a href="/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/">export assistance grants</a> to five firms to help defray their costs of attending the show. Those companies include Oregon City's <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/CTF.php" target=_blank>FixnZip</a>, climbing pack maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/Cilo-Gear.php">CiloGear</a>, climbing apparel maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/NW-Alpine.php" target=_blank>NW Alpine</a>, stainless steel bottle maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/Hydro-Flask.php" target=_blank>Hydro Flask</a> and ultralight equipment maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/Six-Moon-Designs.php" target=_blank>Six Moon Designs</a> of Beaverton.</p><p>Business Oregon offers matching grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon companies to help defray the expense of traveling to trade shows around the world, and can also provide technical assistance and expertise to Oregon companies seeking export markets for their products.</p><p>Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded 240 Grants totaling $804,303 to 222 different Oregon companies. As a result, these Oregon firms report an estimated $29 million in immediate sales, and another $105 million in projected future sales as a result of the trade shows appearances.</p> July 9, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Delegation of Six Oregon Companies to the National Innovation Summit</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=138 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon will lead an Oregon delegation of six technology companies as well as university representatives as they present their ideas for new technologies at the third <a href="http://nationalinnovationsummit.com/" target=_blank>National Innovation Summit</a> June 15-18 in Washington, D.C.</p><p>The effort to commercialize and develop the new technologies comes from the ongoing efforts of Oregon's technology sector in conjunction with the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) as well as Oregon State University, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon.</p><p>"The National Innovation Summit provides an exceptional opportunity to showcase the type of groundbreaking new technologies innovators in Oregon are producing," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "The results coming out of our investment in the Oregon Innovation Council are tangible, bringing entrepreneurs, university researchers and venture capital together to kick-start new ideas that turn into new companies that turn into new jobs for Oregon."</p><p>The six Oregon companies attending the event are: Microflow CVO, Inc.; AMES Technology, Inc.; SupraSensor Technologies; Beet Inc.; VoxtelNano; and OnTo Technologies. In addition, representatives from the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST), two of Oregon InC's Signature Research Centers, will attend the innovation showcase.</p><p>One of the goals of the Oregon delegation is to highlight at least 11 new technologies in the areas of advanced materials, energy and biotechnology developed here in Oregon. The Summit affords opportunities to connect these emerging technologies with private sector and government funding.</p><p>The National Innovation Summit was started in response to calls by the White House and the U.S. Congress for innovation commercialization initiatives. The meeting is believed to be the world's largest showcase of industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization.</p><p>The National Innovation Showcase will be held in conjunction with the National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference. The SBIR and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs, which encourage small businesses to engage in federal research and development work in order to achieve commercialization for emerging technologies. At this year's SBIR Conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers.</p> June 13, 2014 <h1>Japanese Advanced Manufacturing Officials Visit Oregon This Week, Learn About Business Opportunities</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=136 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon leads top executives from 14 Japanese advanced manufacturing firms on a brief tour later this week, meeting with Oregon business leaders and learning firsthand of the state's strengths as a business and investment location.</p><p>The three-day tour of both large and small manufacturers and technology companies came about as a direct result of five-years-worth of relationship building which occurred during several trips to Japan by Business Oregon and the Governor's office. During these business development missions, Business Oregon hosted numerous "Doing Business in Oregon" seminars for dozens of Japanese firms and their top officials to encourage them to consider possible direct investment and/or expansion here in Oregon.</p><p>This week, in partnership with<i> Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun</i>, the leading Japanese daily technology and manufacturing newspaper, Business Oregon will host some of those Japanese executives here in Oregon.</p><p>"We are very excited to show our friends from Japan how attractive and competitive our state's business environment is for foreign direct investment," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "The team at Business Oregon has developed good relationships with dozens of leading Japanese firms and we are hopeful that their visit here this week will lead to future investment and, ultimately, jobs and prosperity for Oregonians."</p><p>Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will host activities for the visiting executives including tours of successful global companies' manufacturing operations and headquarters campus tours. There also will be a seminar with information on Oregon's business climate, key industries and tax structure as well as evening receptions and events with local business and economic development leaders.</p><p>The majority of the companies will be represented by a top-level, senior executive and come from advanced manufacturing industries such as metals processing, chemicals and plastic materials. Many regional partners came together to make the event happen, including PDC, Greater Portland Inc, PGE, Port of Portland, Metro, Mackenzie, CBRE, InSpec Group, Majestic Realty, Lane Powell PC, Perkins & Co., SEDCOR, Clackamas County and the cities of Hillsboro, Gresham and Beaverton.</p> June 3, 2014 <h1>OAC Announces New Executive Director</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=137 <p>Visit the Oregon Arts Commission Web site to <a href="http://www.oregonartscommission.org/sites/default/files/news/file/2014-06-03_OAC-Announces-New-Executive-Director.pdf">read the release.</a></p> June 3, 2014 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber Signs Declaration of Cooperation to Support Innovation, New Jobs and Regional Economy</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=135 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_052814a.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> May 28, 2014 <h1>World Trade Week Highlights Export Growth Opportunities for Oregon Companies</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=134 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon and local partners will host a week of events to showcase available export assistance that can help Oregon small- and medium-sized businesses seize growing export opportunities for their companies.</p> <p>This "International Road Show" will take place during World Trade Week May 19-23 in Portland, Bend, Salem, Redmond, Eugene, Corvallis, Hood River and Warm Springs. The meetings and presentations are excellent opportunities for Oregon companies to learn about assistance available from state, local and federal government agencies designed to help companies find new customers by selling into foreign markets.</p> <p>"The International Road Show events provide great opportunities for Oregon companies looking to expand their customer base across the world and increase revenues," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "These events highlight critical resources including Business Oregon's overseas-based experts to answer questions and give advice on how Oregon companies can access these markets."</p> <p>The events include presentations on opportunities in the European Union, Greater China (including the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Japan and South Korea. In addition, other presentations will focus on export opportunities in key Oregon industry clusters such as aviation, outdoor gear and activewear, bioscience, clean technology and green building.</p> <p>Many companies, such as <a href="http://www.wctcorporation.com/" target=_blank>World Class Technology</a> and <a href="http://www.toughguard.com/" target=_blank>Toughguard International</a>, attended Road Show events in the past and then followed up with Business Oregon's global trade specialists to secure Export Promotion grants to help finance appearances at trade shows around the globe. Participation in those trade shows resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in new sales for the companies.</p> <p>In fact, since 2012, Business Oregon issued 203 Export Promotion Grants totaling $661,243 to 157 companies to help them appear at trade shows around the world. Along with those grants comes expertise and guidance on the process of exporting, as well as assistance finding distributors and customers. Those grants have resulted in a reported return on investment of $26 million in immediate export sales and $80 million in expected future sales as a result of the grant-funded activity.</p> <p>In 2013, the state's trade with China grew 27% over 2012. The increased trade with China was highlighted by 122% growth in manufactured machinery exports and 36% growth in computer and electronic goods.</p> <p>Oregon's trade with Pacific Rim remained paramount in 2013 with significant exports to Japan and South Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013.</p> <p>Many partners make this year's events possible, including: the city of Portland, Greater Portland Inc, Oregon Consular Corps, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific NW International Trade Assoc., Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, Port of Portland and the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Portland.</p> <p>See the <a href="/tradeweek/">full schedule of events and online registrations</a>. Registration is required for all events.</p> May 15, 2014 <h1>Oregon InC Releases Requests For Proposals For New Ideas To Spur Innovation and Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=133 <p>The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.</p><p>Oregon InC is a public-private partnership with a mission to nurture the growth of industry clusters in areas where Oregon has unique advantages in leadership, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. In recent years, Oregon InC has funded new initiatives supporting wave energy, bioscience, nanotechnology, clean tech, electric vehicle development and unmanned aerial systems. With each, the goal is to create new companies and new jobs in developing areas that will strengthen and diversify Oregon's economy.</p><p>Oregon InC initiatives have helped incubate 86 new companies which have raised more than $130 million in non-state funding. They have helped companies and researchers capture more than $400 million in federal and private grants, and provided new companies with access to technical expertise and mentoring, R&D help and a network of 11 labs and 450 university researchers able to help get ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.</p><p>Proposals will be evaluated by a team of private sector leaders who will focus primarily on a proposal's potential to: create new businesses and jobs in an emerging industry sector; successfully compete for private and federal investment; help new and existing businesses access additional sources of capital; and demonstrate a clear return on the state's investment.</p><p>The 2014 RFP may be viewed on May 1 at <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/</a>. Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.</p><p>The current 2013-15 Innovation Plan comprised of seven initiatives is available at <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/</a>.</p> May 1, 2014 <h1>Oregon InC Releasing RFP on May 1st For New Ideas To Spur Innovation and Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=132 <p>The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) on May 1 to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.</p><p>Oregon InC is a public-private partnership with a mission to nurture the growth of industry clusters in areas where Oregon has unique advantages in leadership, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. In recent years, Oregon InC has funded new initiatives supporting wave energy, bioscience, nanotechnology, clean tech, electric vehicle development and unmanned aerial systems. With each, the goal is to create new companies and new jobs in developing areas that will strengthen and diversify Oregon's economy.</p><p>Oregon InC initiatives have helped incubate 86 new companies which have raised more than $130 million in non-state funding. They have helped companies and researchers capture more than $400 million in federal and private grants, and provided new companies with access to technical expertise and mentoring, R&D help and a network of 11 labs and 450 university researchers able to help get ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.</p><p>Proposals will be evaluated by a team of private sector leaders who will focus primarily on the proposal's potential to: create new businesses and jobs in an emerging industry sector; successfully compete for private and federal investment; help new and existing businesses access additional sources of capital, and demonstrate a clear return on the state's investment.</p><p>The 2014 RFP may be viewed on May 1 at <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/</a>. Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.</p><p>Interested parties may review the 2012 Request for Proposals as well as the current Innovation Plan, which is comprised of seven initiatives at <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/.</a></p> April 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Business Development Mission to Japan and Taiwan</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=131 <p>SALEM&#151;On April 14 a delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon, in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.</p><p>It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation returned from Brazil on March 22, and Business Oregon is accompanying seven Oregon companies to the world's largest trade show for advanced manufacturers this week in Hannover, Germany.</p><p>The latest delegation of officials and business leaders will travel to Tokyo and Osaka the week of April 14th for a series of meetings and to deliver two seminars with the broad goal of developing business and trade between Japan and the state of Oregon. The centerpiece is the annual Doing Business in Oregon (DBO) seminar, to take place in Tokyo and then Osaka, which has been presented in Japan by the Business Committee of the Japan Oregon Society of Oregon (JASO) since 2010.</p><p>"We have built up a strong network of relationships and a strong reputation in Japan as an ideal place for Japanese investment and trade," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We have proven that using our foreign office in Tokyo and a network of Japanese-speaking resources, we are ready to help duplicate the success in Oregon already enjoyed by such firms as Panasonic, Montbell and Shimadzu Corporation."</p><p>The DBO seminars in Japan are presented by the Business Committee of JASO and Business Oregon. Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Port of Portland, Lane Powell PC, InSpec Group, the City of Salem, the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, the City of Gresham, Greater Portland Inc, Portland General Electric, CBRE and Deloitte LLC.</p><p>Over the five consecutive years that Business Oregon has held the DBO seminars, attendance has increased steadily. In 2013, 107 Japanese company representatives participated and in 2014 Business Oregon hopes to attract 220 with the promotional help of organizations such as JETRO, the U.S. Commercial Service, Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper, SME Support and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.</p><p>In addition, Director McCabe and Business Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will travel to Taiwan April 21 and 22 to attend a series of meetings in Taipei. They will investigate ways that Taiwan and Oregon can work more closely with one another on both inbound and outbound investment opportunities in various technology industries.</p><p>Delegation members include Director Tim McCabe, JASO Chairman Doug Smith, Metro President Tom Hughes, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Joe Mollusky of the Port of Portland, Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears and Mitsu Yamazaki of the Portland Development Commission, as well as business representatives from Lane Powell LLC, CBRE, Perkins & Co., Mackenzie and InSpec Group.</p> April 9, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to World's Largest Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show in Hannover Germany</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=130 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon's global trade and recruitment teams will travel with representatives of seven Oregon companies to <a href="http://www.hannovermesse.de/home" target=_blank>Hannover Messe,</a> the largest advanced manufacturing trade show and conference in the world to be held in Hannover, Germany April 7-11.</p><p>Business Oregon is providing <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/" target=_blank>Export Assistance grants</a> ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 in matching funds to six of the companies to defray the costs of travel and exhibiting at the show. Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded more than 200 Export Assistance grants to 157 companies. Those companies have report actual and projected sales revenue as a result of these trade show appearances at more than $50 million.</p><p>"The return on investment of our export assistance strategy has been really impressive," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "A small amount of backing has helped many Oregon companies realize hundreds of thousands of dollars in new sales to new customers around the world. It's been a tremendous economic development strategy for small businesses."</p><p>The seven Oregon advanced manufacturing firms exhibiting at this show are: ClearEdge Power (fuel cells), Xzeres Wind (small wind turbine systems), EV4 Oregon (EV charging stations), Powin Energy (energy storage), Zess, Inc. (micro-channel heat exchangers), IndustrialEnet (network solutions) and Real Carbon (carbon fiber technology). In 2013, Oregon advanced manufacturers exported $4.24 billion in goods.</p><p>In addition to the companies traveling to Europe, Business Oregon will partner with the cities of Gresham and Hillsboro, as well as the Port of Portland, to promote Oregon's business climate for technology and advanced manufacturing <a href="http://www.ormanufacturing.com/Industrial/" target=_blank>opportunities.</a></p><p>It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation just returned from Brazil on March 22, and on April 14 another delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon. </p> April 1, 2014 <h1>Cascade Tissue to Expand its St. Helens Operations Adding 29 Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=129 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe toured the Cascade Tissue plant in St. Helens today praising the company's decision to retool and expand its operations adding an estimated 29 jobs at the site.</p><p>Business Oregon provided the company with a $60,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to help fund training of the company's expanded workforce on the plant's new equipment. The company currently employs 66 full-time employees at the plant.</p><p>"We are pleased with Cascade Tissue's decision to re-invest in Oregon and expand its operations here in St. Helens," said McCabe. "By choosing to not only remain, but expand this former mill site, Cascade has shown its commitment to the community of St. Helens and to providing high-paying jobs to Oregonians."</p><p>The $30 million expansion at the St. Helens site, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will more than double the plant's capacity while improving efficiencies. Under the terms of the forgivable loan, the company must maintain both the existing and new employees for a two-year period or else pay back a portion of the funds.</p><p>Cascade Tissue Group Oregon currently manufactures tissue paper for multiple customers on a single paper tissue machine in the former Boise Cascade Paper Mill in St. Helens. Cascade Tissue Group Oregon's operations were previously integrated and co-located with Boise Cascade's papermaking operations at the St. Helens site until December 2012, when Boise Cascade ceased its operations there.</p><p>Cascade Tissue Group is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascade produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed of mainly recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 workers at more than 100 plants in North America and Europe.</p> March 31, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to Brazil</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=128 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon director Tim McCabe and representatives from four Oregon businesses will be in Brazil this week to build relationships with this key emerging market in South America.</p><p>"While we have made much headway in Europe and Asia, and have long-standing relationships in both those markets, we must continue to broaden our reach into strong emerging markets such as Brazil," McCabe said.</p><p>The mission coordinates with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce with goals to promote Oregon as a place to do business, build relationships with companies and local officials, and tout Oregon companies and industries to Brazil.</p><p>Four Oregon small businesses joined Business Oregon to explore export opportunities: Warco/API International, Western Shelter Systems, Whites Electronics and Craftport.</p><p>The group will hold meetings in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro. McCabe will conduct presentations on Doing Business in Oregon at three American Chamber of Commerce events.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0;">Scheduled meetings include:</p> <ul style="margin-top: 4px;"> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">U.S. Commercial Service briefings</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">Invest Sao Paulo</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">AES Eletropaulo, (largest utility in Sao Paolo)</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">American Chamber of Commerce&#151;Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio Di Janeiro</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">Sao Paulo Secretariat of Energy</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">Rio Green Building industry</li> </ul> March 17, 2014 <h1>Airbnb Announces Move to Portland, Oregon</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=127 <p><B>Portland, Ore.</b>&#151;Today a partnership of economic development organizations welcomes the news that Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, is opening its North American operational headquarters in Portland, Oregon.</p><p>Airbnb will employ 160 people at its new offices, expected to open later this summer. The Portland Development Commission (PDC), Business Oregon, Greater Portland Inc (GPI) and Worksystems, Inc., have been working in partnership with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to bring the company to the region. "This project bolsters an already strong and growing cluster of software firms and technology talent in Portland," said Patrick Quinton, PDC executive director. "We're especially pleased to welcome Airbnb to the Oldtown neighborhood and its emerging entrepreneurial scene."</p><p>Airbnb joins a list of software firms that have recently expanded in Oregon, from big names such as Salesforce.com, Ebay and Garmin, to homegrown startups such as Puppet Labs, Urban Airship, Viewpoint Construction and Jama Software.</p><p>"Software has been a fast-growing complement to the tech manufacturing sector," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "I'm proud of the partnership of our organizations to take advantage of these opportunities and bring new jobs to Oregon."</p><p>All three organizations work together to market the state and the region around the U.S. as well as overseas for business expansion.</p><p>"The Greater Portland region continues to be a strong draw for companies like Airbnb," said Sean Robbins, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. "It's another proof point that Greater Portland has entered a new chapter in its economic history&#151;one in which global brands see the region as a place that they can invest and grow."</p><p>For more on Airbnb and its plans, visit the <a href="http://blog.airbnb.com/airbnb-portland" target=_blank>company's blog post</a>.</p> March 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Launches Redesigned Industrial and Commercial Property Search Tool</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=126 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon launched a redesigned Web site, <a href="http://www.oregonprospector.com/" target=_blank>oregonprospector.com</a>, to serve as an industrial site selection and analysis tool to help spur economic development and investment in communities across the state.</p> <p>Oregonprospector.com allows site selectors and commercial developers to more easily locate available properties in Oregon. In addition, the site offers detailed demographic, economic and business data about the community surrounding each property such as wages, consumer spending, labor force and housing information.</p> <p>"We want to make it as simple as possible for prospective industrial and commercial developers to find prime sites in the state," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "These sites hold the potential to create hundreds of high-paying jobs for Oregonians, and this new innovative tool can help turn that potential into reality."</p> <p>The Web site also is a helpful marketing resource for existing landowners and realtors to list their Oregon sites for lease or sale. It is free to list properties.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0px;">Business Oregon continuously looks for innovative approaches to facilitate economic growth, and this site offers some new features and improvements including:</p> <ul style="margin-top: 4px;"> <li>Simplified and intuitive search options make it easy for customers to find properties</li> <li>Expanded demographic and employment data for every property</li> <li>Business search allows users to build industry clusters visually</li> <li>More extensive community comparison and demographic tools</li> <li>Demographic mapping of more than 700 variables allows users to visualize demographic, employment and consumer spending data</li> <li>Simplified property listing functionality that streamlines data entry and management of multiple listings</li> </ul> <p>Listings, user logons and other account settings have been migrated over from the previous version. The site is now live, and training sessions for economic developers and land owners are being scheduled in the coming weeks.</p> March 12, 2014 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b><BR><h1>Oregon Small Business Lending Programs Awarded Additional $5.6 Million</h1></p> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=125 <P>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_031014.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> March 10, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe Honored by Data Center Industry Leaders</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=124 <p>Leaders of Oregon's booming data center industry will recognize Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe later today with their first ever Leadership Award at an event in Hillsboro. <p>McCabe will receive the recognition at the inaugural meeting of a new 7x24 Exchange chapter for Oregon and southwest Washington. The new chapter aims to promote thought leadership and best practices throughout the critical infrastructure sector. <p>The 7x24 Exchange Leadership Award recognizes McCabe's vision and passion to improve the region's critical infrastructure, his work to create a strong culture of cooperation and his excellent support of the data center industry. As a recipient of the award, McCabe will serve on an Advisory Committee to the chapter's new board, which includes representatives from Facebook, Google, Intel and Business Oregon. <p>"Tim McCabe has provided incredible leadership to Oregon's critical infrastructure providers and is being recognized for his strengthening of Oregon's economic climate and our industry," said Jim Linkous, president of the new 7x24 Exchange chapter and ViaWest's regional vice president of sales and general manager. "Oregon and the surrounding region has become home to many large data centers over the past few years, as it's an area with a very high quality talent base and strong technology ecosystem." <p>The new chapter's event, held tonight at Intel's Jones Farm campus, will feature an expert panel to discuss the major technology and business drivers behind the explosive growth in the data center industry and cloud computing. <p>As an international association specifically geared for critical infrastructure professionals, 7x24 Exchange is known as a "knowledge exchange" and is comprised of 23 chapters across the U.S., Europe and Middle East. <p> "Oregon's strong data center industry has created hundreds of high-paying jobs in some of Oregon's most economically challenged communities," McCabe said. "This industry provides essential services to nearly every business sector in the state and helps our economy grow. It's a great compliment to our high-tech sector. I'm very grateful for this award, and proud of the work we've been able to accomplish in the industry." <p> February 27, 2014 <h1>Oregon Exports Rise in 2013</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=123 <p>The state's trade with China grew 27% over 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. The increased trade with China was highlighted by 122% growth in manufactured machinery exports and 36% growth in computer and electronic goods.</p><p>Oregon's trade with Pacific Rim remained paramount with significant exports to Japan and Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013.</p><p>In 2012, manufacturing made up 27.8 percent of Oregon's GDP, second highest in the nation. Overall, machinery exports grew 20% in 2013, valued at $1.6 billion, reflecting Oregon's position as one of the leading manufacturing states in the nation. Exports of computer and electronics grew 4.8%, and is by far Oregon's largest value export at $6.5 billion. Oregon's food processing industry continued to show strength with exports of value-added food products growing 4.3% in 2013.</p><p>"The export of high-quality, high-value Oregon products across the globe continues to drive the state's economic and employment growth," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon. "State export assistance grants, regional initiatives, as well as leadership at the federal level continues to spur export growth."</p><p>Oregon <a href="/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/">export promotion grants</a>, a majority of which are backed by the Small Business Administration, have helped 120 Oregon companies travel overseas to trade shows seeking foreign customers. Those companies are realizing an estimated $28 million in new revenue from only $483,000 in matching grants since 2012.</p><p>In addition, the International Trade Administration's <a href="http://trade.gov/nei/" target=_blank>National Export Initiative</a>, begun in 2010, has put a new emphasis on increasing U.S. exports and is paying off with the U.S. selling more goods and services to the 95% of consumers who live outside of our borders. In 2012, U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion and supported 9.8 million jobs.</p> February 6, 2014 <p><B>From the Secretary of State</b></p><h1>Sustainability Award Winners to be Honored at Northwest Environmental Conference</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=122 <p>Visit the Secretary of State's Web site to <a href="http://oregonsosblog.us/2013/12/sustainability-award-winners-honored-northwest-environemental-conference/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheOregonSecretaryOfStateBlog+%28The+Oregon+Secretary+of+State+Blog%29" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> November 26, 2013 <p><B>From the Oregon Lottery</b></p><h1>Oregon Lottery Fuels Economic Development and Creates Jobs with $92.5 Million in Grants and Loans in Oregon Counties</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=121 <p>Please visit the Oregon Lottery Web site to <a href="http://www.oregonlottery.org/About/PressCenter/PressReleases/20131120_StatewideEconomy.aspx" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> November 20, 2013 <h1>Advanced Metals Manufacturer to Stay and Expand in Lane County</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=120 <p>COBURG&#151;State economic development officials today celebrated the recent decision by Canadian aluminum manufacturer APEL Extrusions, Inc., to expand its Lane County operations in a former RV plant in Coburg.</p><p>"Keeping a growing advanced manufacturer such as APEL here in Oregon means more high paying jobs for Lane County residents," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "APEL's decision to stay in Lane County and invest in Coburg is further proof of Oregon's global competitiveness especially when it comes to manufacturing."</p><p>The Canadian aluminum extruder is the first manufacturer to move into a portion of the former Monaco Coach manufacturing complex in Coburg. Company President Mike Flynn said APEL plans to add 25 to 30 people over the next two years to its current 50 Lane County employees.</p><p>The company will spend $12 million to move its Springfield operations and then renovate and equip the 112,000-square-foot building at the Coburg North industrial site by July 2014. The company chose to move and expand in Coburg rather than move its operations outside the state.</p><p>Officials from Business Oregon and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's office presented a $100,000 forgivable loan check today from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF) to company officials. As a condition of the state incentive, the company agreed to create 25 new jobs and retain an existing 50 jobs over a two-year period.</p><p>Lane County also provided the company with $100,000 in economic development assistance for the expansion project. Both the state and local assistance will help finance the company's purchase of a new $7 million hydraulic aluminum press. The company currently operates two aluminum extrusion presses at its Calgary, Alberta, plant and one press at its Springfield plant.</p><p>"We are delighted in the support and assistance provided to us by both the state of Oregon and the people of Lane County," Flynn said. "This support and the outstanding local workforce were instrumental in our decision to maintain and to grow our business in Oregon. Ultimately, our decision will result in APEL investing an additional $12 million dollars in the state and adding 25 good paying jobs to our current workforce of 50&#151;thank you Oregon!"</p> October 17, 2013 <h1>Amber Case to Open Oregon Broadband Conference</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=119 <p>Hood River, OR&#151;"Broadband: The Pulse of the Future," is the theme of the 18th annual Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference presented by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, at the Hood River Inn and Conference Center in Hood River.</p><p>The conference's keynote Speaker will be Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist and Director of the Esri R&D Center in Portland. The conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications and information technology. The 2013 conference will explore the future of broadband networks and applications as broadband information technologies become an integral part of business, healthcare, education, government, public safety and our personal lives. The meeting also will honor individuals and organizations that have positively impacted telecommunications development in Oregon.</p><p>Conference information and registration are available on the <a href="http://www.oregonconnections.info" target=_blank>conference Web site</a>.</p><p>Sponsors include LS Networks, CoastCom, Association of Oregon Counties, Hunter Communications, Structured, Integra Telecom, InfoStructure.net, Western Independent Networks, Charter Business, CACHE, Frontier Communications, CenturyLink, Oregon Broadband Advisory Council, City of Eugene, Q-Life Network, Pace Engineering, Business Oregon and the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.</p> September 23, 2013 <h1>Business Oregon and Ninkasi Brewing Company Team Up to Drive Economic Development Conversations With the Creation of Oregon Beer</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=118 <p>SALEM, Ore.&#151;Sept. 19, 2013&#151;Craft brewing is an established piece of Oregon's brand image and a significant economic driver. As Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, markets the state as an ideal location for business, the agency often includes messaging on quality of life, diverse geography and culinary attraction in addition to profiling the business climate. Craft beer, as well as Oregon's esteemed wines, is part of that image and a very effective tool to spark conversations about Oregon.</p><p>Business Oregon came up with the idea to work with an Oregon brewery to develop a product that economic development professionals could use to promote the state, and Ninkasi Brewing Company loved the idea.</p><p>On Wednesday, September 18 Governor John Kitzhaber met with Nikos Ridge, co-founder and CEO of Ninkasi in Eugene, to toast to the release of "Oregon Beer," a special promotional bottling of a NW Pale Ale. Ninkasi and Business Oregon collaborated in development of the label and Ninkasi produced 40 cases in gratis for the state to use at foreign and domestic tradeshows, follow-up thank you gifts to recruitment meetings, delegation gifts, business development events and more.</p><p>"There are 149 breweries in Oregon pumping $2.8 billion into Oregon's economy," said Governor Kitzhaber. "With Oregon so well-known for the product, it's great we could partner with Ninkasi to represent the brewing industry and develop a unique promotional tool like this."</p><p>The bottle was made exclusively for use by the state and isn't available on store shelves. "This wasn't about setting out to make a new retail product for us, it was to work together in partnership with the state and do something cool they can use to get people talking about Oregon and highlight our growing industry at the same time," says Ridge. "The state has been a great partner as we continually expand in Eugene; this was a great new way to work together."</p><p>On the label reads a message from the Governor:<BR>"Craft beer is one of Oregon's many flourishing industries, but it's not all that's brewing in Oregon. A beautiful landscape with a highly skilled workforce driving the second-fastest growing GDP in the nation makes for a great place to do business. And of course . . . enjoy great beer."</p><p>Business Oregon has already used the beer at several events, including a technology trade show in California. The bottles caught the eye of a site selector, a profession that consults with expanding firms to identify ideal business locations, who came over to the Oregon booth to ask about it before talking about beer and home-brewing.</p><p>"After chatting about beer, he looks over at our business recruiter and said he may have a manufacturing project that would be a good fit for us. Whether that turns into anything or not, that is a relationship we now have due to just starting a conversation over the beer. It worked great," said Nathan Buehler, marketing and communications manager with Business Oregon.</p> September 19, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Small-port Dredging to Begin on Oregon Coast</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=117 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_091213.aspx" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> Sept 12, 2013 <p><B>Oregon BEST</b></p><h1>Cleantech Exec to Help Expand Cleantech Research Programs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=116 <p>Please visit the Oregon BEST Web site to <a href="http://oregonbest.org/mundorff-hired-as-research-director" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> August 15, 2013 <p><B>OTRADI</b></p><h1>OTRADI Fills State's First Bioscience-Specific Incubator Within Two Months of Opening</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=115 <p>Please visit the OTRADI's Web site to <a href="http://www.otradi.org/news/news081413.html" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> August 14, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Oregon Workforce Shows Competitive Edge with 25,000 Career Readiness Certificates</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=114 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_072313.aspx" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> July 23, 2013 <p><B>EPA Region 10</b></p><h1>EPA announces $800,000 funding to clean up and redevelop contaminated sites in communities across Oregon Washington</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=113 <p>Please visit the EPA's Region 10 Web site to <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d96f984dfb3ff7718525735900400c29/64b355d2ed95ed0685257ba9007ee8a1!OpenDocument" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> July 15, 2013 <h1>Governor Kitzhaber Praises Successful Effort to Grow Pelican Brewing; Create 20 New Jobs in Tillamook</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=112 <p>Salem, OR&#151;Governor John Kitzhaber today praised the successful partnership between local and state officials backing Pelican Brewing's plans to open an expanded brewery in downtown Tillamook.</p><p>The state of Oregon contributed a $150,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve fund to help finance the $1.4 million expansion project. Representatives of the Governor's office, State Senator Betsy Johnson, Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, Tillamook Mayor Suzanne Weber and Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe were on hand today at the brewery's construction open house in Tillamook.</p><p>"The work of state and local officials has yielded a real win for the Oregon Coast and Tillamook County," said Governor Kitzhaber. "More fine tasting beer and twenty new jobs&#151;now that is an Oregon solution."</p><p>The Governor's Regional Solutions Team and Business Oregon officials helped Pelican remain in Tillamook County and the city of Tillamook find a vital use of an underutilized industrial land as part of its urban redevelopment efforts. Financing partners for the project include the brewery owners, the Bank of Astoria, the Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency and the state of Oregon.</p><p>"This is the 18th Oregon brewery we've worked with to expand production," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "Together these small businesses are creating a big impact."</p><p>The Oregon Brewers Guild reports that the industry employs 6,400 full- and part-time workers in Oregon and produced $2.83 billion in total annual economic impact in 2012.</p><p>The planned expansion of the former warehouse is expected to create 20 new jobs by 2015 and will allow the brewer to offer more of its award-winning ales in 12-ounce bottles, in addition to 22-ounce offerings. The new brewery, which will also include a tasting room and viewing area when it opens later this summer, will eventually produce 11,000 barrels of beer annually. The company, which currently employs 130, plans to continue to operate its restaurant and pub, as well as a small brewing operation, at its beachside location in Cape Kiwanda.</p> July 12, 2013 <h1>Business Oregon Director Honored as Business Leader of the Year</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=111 <p>Salem, OR&#151;The Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) today honored Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe as its Business Leader of the Year.</p><p>"It is my pleasure to award the SEDCOR Business Leader of the Year award to an individual who has helped to pave the way for Oregon's recovery," said SEDCOR President Chad Freeman during today's luncheon. "Business Oregon, under Tim's direction, is a true leader in economic development, working to help add jobs and build a stronger Oregon and an invaluable asset to SEDCOR."</p><p>Freeman cited McCabe's leadership on such Salem-area projects as Home Depot's distribution center at Mill Creek; Diamond (Kettle) Foods' manufacturing expansion; the successful recruitment of Sanyo Solar; and the expansion of Garmin Industries.</p><p>"Tim's vision of partnership has allowed the agency to be innovative in its way of serving Oregon businesses and communities," said Freeman. "Almost every business development strategy the agency currently deploys can be tied to another economic development partner&#151;a testament to Tim's commitment to delivering the most effective and cost-efficient services possible."</p><p>McCabe has headed Business Oregon since May 2008 when he was appointed to the post by then Governor Ted Kulongoski for whom he served as Senior Economic Development Advisor for more than two years. McCabe led the effort to shape the state's clean-technology business recruitment strategy responsible for Oregon's growth and recognition in this industry sector. Tim worked for Pacific Power for 10 years prior to coming to work for the state of Oregon.</p><p>Tim is a past president of the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA), where in September 2006 he was honored by OEDA as its Economic Development Leader of the Year.</p> June 19, 2013 <h1>Applications for the Governor's 2013 Oregon Sustainability Awards Now Being Accepted</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=110 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;Applications for the 2013 Oregon Sustainability Awards are now being accepted by Business Oregon on behalf of Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Sustainability Board.</p><p>Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and the Oregon Sustainability Board will honor leading Oregon companies or organizations for their commitment to sustainable business practices at the 25th Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow sponsored by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) and Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) scheduled to be held December 10-11, 2013.</p><p>The NEBC/AOI annual conference is the Northwest's largest and most comprehensive, environmentally-focused conference and trade show. Sustainability is an integrated concept in the strategic planning of most Oregon organizations and companies, but some are truly moving to the head of the pack. Governor Ted Kulongoski created the Sustainability Awards to recognize those outstanding efforts.</p><p>The Oregon Sustainability Awards are intended to promote and advance the inclusion of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. Any private, public or non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards will be given based on merit, but organizations may be grouped by size and/or type in order to make comparing applicants more efficient and appropriate.</p><p>Winners must show a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. They will be innovators in their fields and show that becoming more sustainable is not in conflict with achieving the organization's core mission, whatever that may be. The awards broadly define sustainable practices as those that strive to optimize an organization's financial, environmental and social performance.</p><p>Last year's winners were Mountain Rose Herbs, Hopworks Urban Brewery, EasyStreet Online Services, Oregon Iron Works and Bridgetown Natural Foods.</p><p>More information and downloadable applications are available on the Business Oregon Web site. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Applicants should expect a response approximately three months after the deadline.</p><p>Information and Applications at <a href="/Sustainability/">Business Oregon</a><BR><a href="http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/EAM/SUST/pages/osb_home.aspx " target=_blank>Oregon Sustainability Board</a></p> June 18, 2013 <h1>Two Oregon Companies Will Appear in First Oregon Booth at Paris Air Show</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=109 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;Two Oregon small businesses will exhibit at this week's 50th Paris Air Show in Oregon's first state booth in the U.S. Pavilion at the pre-eminent international showcase of more than 2000 aerospace companies.</p><p>Business Oregon's booth, funded by <a href="/STEP/" target=_blank>State Trade and Export Promotion</a> (STEP) grant funds, will feature Sightline Applications of Hood River and HR ToughGuard of Portland. In addition, a representative from the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) an industry organization representing Oregon and Washington military companies, will be on hand to help launch the Coalition's export initiative.</p><p><B>Sightline Applications</b> produces cutting-edge, onboard video processing systems. Its products feature DSP-based, embedded systems well suited for airborne and ground video applications. The company boasts years of experience with unmanned systems and in delivering image processing solutions.</p><p><B>HR ToughGuard</b> manufactures a proven Nano-scale paint protectant product. Commercial, corporate and private Aviation/Aerospace industry customers as well as the U.S. military use ToughGuard's product to preserve asset life, reduce fuel burn penalties and reduce maintenance/cleaning labor and materials cost.</p><p>Both companies will receive export assistance grants from Business Oregon to help defray their costs associated with appearing at the international trade show. The funding supports the participation of Oregon small businesses in international trade shows and trade missions through individual export development grants of up to $5,000.</p><p>The U.S. Pavilion is the largest international group represented at the show. It will feature 22 state pavilions exhibiting, with 34 states represented in total. There are more than 260 U.S. companies participating in the U.S. Pavilion for 2013, the largest U.S. participation at the Paris Air Show in more than a decade.</p><p>Oregon received its second STEP award of $499,049 from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a 30 percent increase over the 2011 award, in late 2012. As the first year of Oregon STEP concludes, more than 80 Oregon companies enrolled in the program, participating in 66 trade shows. Half of those companies have completed their export activity, resulting in nearly $500,000 in export sales. All together, the participants expect to sell more than $6 million worth of goods as a result over the next year.</p> June 17, 2013 <h1>Oregon's 2012 GDP Growth Again One of the Largest in the Nation </h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=108 <p>Salem, OR&#151;Oregon's 2012 GDP growth came in at nearly 4% (3.95%), an increase ranking third in the nation according to data released today by the <a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/2013/gsp0613.htm" target=_blank>U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.</a></p><p>"Our steady GDP growth over the last three years shows that Oregon's economy is headed in the right direction as we continue to work hard to increase the wages and job opportunities for Oregonians in all 36 counties," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe.</p><p>Oregon's GDP growth has been among the top four largest in the nation over the past three years, and was ranked only behind North Dakota and Texas in 2012.</p><p>The growth continues to point to the importance of the manufacturing sector, whose 11.4% growth was the largest of Oregon's industries. Oregon continues to be a very competitive state for manufacturing, where businesses small and large are producing goods that drive this growth, with the high-tech sector leading the way.</p><p>The competitiveness is affirmed by not only by the increase in GDP, but also analysis such as The American Institute for Economic Research ranking our state #1 in the nation for manufacturing, saying there's no state more efficient to produce goods than Oregon.</p><p>In addition to competiveness of business costs, companies are looking at workforce quality when making expansion decisions, and innovative programs like Oregon's Career Readiness Certificate and Certified Work Ready Communities will increase that competiveness in coming years.</p> June 6, 2013 <h1>Governor Appoints Three New Members to Oregon Broadband Advisory Council</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=107 <p>Salem, OR&#151;Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed three new members to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council. The members of the council are community leaders representing Oregon's cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Native Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government, the Public Utility Commission and the Oregon State Legislature.</p><p>The mission of the council is to encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth, and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px;">The new appointees to the council are:</p><ul style="margin-top:4px;"><li>Christopher Denzin, Portland, Vice President and General Manager at CenturyLink, representing telecommunications and Internet service providers;</li><li>Wade Holmes, Bend, Vice President of Technology at BendBroadband, representing telecommunications and Internet service providers; and</li><li>Julie Pearson-Ruthven, Salem, Chief Information Officer at State of Oregon, representing eGovernment.</li></ul><p>"The appointment of Mr. Denzin, Mr. Holmes and Ms. Pearson-Ruthven is great news for the citizens of Oregon," said Joe Franell, General Manager and CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, and the Chair of the council. "The presence of such qualified people on the Broadband Advisory Council will greatly assist us in making sure that Oregon remains a leader in the deployment and use of broadband."</p> May 2, 2013 <h1>CDFA & Business Oregon Launch Oregon Financing Roundtable</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=106 <p><a href="http://www.cdfa.net/cdfa/cdfaweb.nsf/0/2DAED886B843164388257B5E005B31C7/$file/Oregon%20Press%20Release%20-%202013%20Launch%20of%20Roundtable.pdf" target=_blank>Read the release</a></p> May 1, 2013 <h1>Islabikes, the children's bicycle specialists, launches in North America with new U.S. headquarters in Southeast Portland</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=104 <p>PORTLAND&#151;Islabikes, widely respected in the United Kingdom for leading the way in children's bicycle design, will be launching its U.S. presence with headquarters here in Portland on April 15.</p><p>Islabikes leads the world in the design and manufacture of exceptional bicycles for children. This British company has singlehandedly redefined the notion of a child's bicycle with a product unparalleled in its depth of design detail. An Islabike gives a child a real head start from learning balance to full-on racing performance.</p><p>Islabikes was founded by renowned British bicycle designer Isla Rowntree, one of the few female designers in the industry. Isla's reputation is built on a thorough understanding of ergonomics. With a meticulous attention to detail, Isla is reshaping how children experience cycling. Parents across the United Kingdom have embraced this concept and word has spread quickly as families endorse the 'Islabike' effect. As a result, Islabikes has established an enviable brand loyalty and is held in high regard within the bicycle industry.</p><p>"I'm really excited that more children will have the thrill of riding our super lightweight well-fitting bicycles," said Rowntree. "In looking to site premises in the U.S., Portland stood out as the natural home for our company. With the familiar climate and a sense of shared values, it's a welcoming, visionary community with a passion for cycling as a sustainable way of life."</p><p>Officials from the state of Oregon and the city of Portland, which offered the company technical assistance and a small grant for improvements to the company's new Produce Row storefront on Southeast Seventh Avenue, welcomed Isla to North America's most bike-friendly community.</p><p>"Oregon is a great fit for Islabikes as part of our highly successful outdoor gear industry which numbers in the hundreds already," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "I am confident that Portland families as well as the community's eager and trained workforce will embrace this new company."</p><p>The Portland Development Commission worked with Islabikes and the property owner of the building, Mike Tevis, on improving the space and fa&#231;ade by providing a storefront grant of $20,000. PDC officials also assisted in site selection of the property at 2113 SE 7th Ave.</p><p>"Portland makes perfect sense for Islabike's U.S. launch, thanks to the city's outstanding reputation for intelligent design and quality products," said Patrick Quinton, executive director of the Portland Development Commission. "In partnership with Business Oregon, we're delighted to welcome Islabikes to our growing community of athletic and outdoor companies."</p><p>For more info, please visit <a href="http://islabikes.com/" target=_blank>islabikes.com</a> or call 503-954-2410.</p> March 28, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor's Marketplace to be held Wednesday, April 17, in Salem</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=105 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_032813a.aspx" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> March 28, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Oregon identified as a leader in the U.S. manufacturing resurgence</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=103 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_031413.aspx" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> March 14, 2013 <h1>Business Oregon Announces Hiring of Colin Sears as Business Recruitment Officer</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=102 <p>Salem, Oregon&#151;Today Business Oregon announced the hiring of Colin Sears as a business recruitment officer, a key member of the business development team that works to bring growing companies into Oregon. The position was vacated by retiring employee Bruce Laird earlier this year.</p><p>Sears previously served as the vice president of business development at Greater Portland Inc (GPI), a regional public/private economic development partnership helping companies expand and locate to the Portland-Vancouver area. Prior to his role at GPI, Sears worked in economic development at the Portland Development Commission for 12 years.</p><p>"In his previous roles, Colin has been a long-standing collaborator and partner with Business Oregon, and comes to us ready to put his skills to work for the state," said Tim McCabe, director of Business Oregon. "Colin knows the state's assets, the business recruitment process, and has the professional networks to be successful. His experience at both Greater Portland Inc and PDC will grow our already strong partnerships with those organizations."</p><p>"Colin has been instrumental in building the regional infrastructure to attract new jobs to our community and we thank him for his contribution to our region," said Sean Robbins, president and CEO of GPI. "We look forward to continuing to deepen our partnership with the state and the Governor's office."</p><p>Business Oregon employs two business recruitment officers. Sears joins Jill Miles to recruit companies into the state. Miles is a 17-year veteran business development and recruitment officer. These positions work with partner organizations to actively market the state as well as respond to inquiries from businesses looking to expand. Sears will begin with Business Oregon April 8.</p> March 11, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber promotes Oregon as a premier travel destination at the world's largest tourism trade show</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=101 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_030613.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> March 6, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber celebrates five years of Delta/KLM/Air France nonstop service between Amsterdam and Portland</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=100 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_030413a.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> March 4, 2013 <h1>Business Oregon Announces that Salesforce.com is Leasing New Oregon-Based Office</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=98 <p>Hillsboro, Oregon&#151;Business Oregon announced today that salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing leader, has chosen Hillsboro, OR, for a new office location.</p><p>Salesforce.com chose the location to recruit from the incredible talent pool in the Pacific Northwest for a variety of positions including finance, IT support, legal support, customer service and human resources.</p><p>Sustainability is very important to the company, and salesforce.com's new office will be LEED Gold certified and have no disposables with all cups and dishes reusable and washable. Eco-friendly commuting is also highly encouraged and salesforce.com will have an on-site bike shop for do-it-yourself repairs and bike share options.</p><p>Founded in 1999, salesforce.com has approximately 10,000 employees worldwide. The company was named by<i> Forbes Magazine</i> as the World's Most Innovative Company in both 2011 and 2012, and has been named to<i> FORTUNE Magazine's</i> "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for five consecutive years.</p><p>To help facilitate the process, salesforce.com participated in Business Oregon's new Business Expansion Program. For more information visit our <a href="/Business-financing-resources/Oregon-Finance-Programs/Business-Retention-Program/">program Web page</a>.</p><p>Business Oregon worked with local and regional partners including Greater Portland Inc., the city of Hillsboro and others to recruit the company to the state. The new office will be located at 2035 NW Cornelius Pass Road in Hillsboro, Oregon.</p><p>For more information on career opportunities with the company, please visit their <a href="http://www.salesforce.com/dreamjob" target=_blank>Web site.</a></p> February 25, 2013 <P><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber to lead business development mission to the Netherlands and Germany</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=99 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_022213a.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> February 22, 2013 <P><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber praises Oracle's commitment to job retention and job creation at its Hillsboro facility</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=97 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_021913.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> February 19, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber praises ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston's Boardman expansion plans</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=96 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_021313.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> February 13, 2013 <h1>Governor Reappoints Four Members of Oregon Broadband Advisory Council</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=95 <p>Salem, OR&#151;Governor John Kitzhaber has reappointed four members to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council. Council members are community leaders representing Oregon's cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Native Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government, the Public Utility Commission and the Oregon State Legislature.<BR><BR> The mission of the council is to encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth, and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities.<BR><BR> Reappointments to the council to serve a second term are:<BR> <ul style="margin-top:0px;"> <li>Joseph Franell, Hermiston, General Manager and CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom representing rural telecommunications consortia</li> <li>Mary Beth Henry, Portland, Manager Office for Community Technology, City of Portland and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission representing cities</li> <li>Dr. Miles Ellenby, Portland, Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Anesthesiology Division of Critical Care Medicine and Medical Director, Telemedicine Program Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University representing health; and</li> <li>Dave Sabala, Roseburg, General Manager of Douglas Electric Cooperative representing economic development</li> </ul><p>In addition, Senator Ted Ferrioli, John Day, has been appointed by the Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney to serve another term on the council.</p> February 12, 2013 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Praises DuPont Pioneer's Expansion and New Jobs in Eastern Oregon</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=94 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_013013.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> January 30, 2013 <p><B>From the Secretary of State</b></p><h1>Oregon Governor Sustainability Winners Honored at Northwest Environmental Conference</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=93 <p>Please visit the Secretary of State's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregonsosblog.us/2012/12/oregon-governor-sustainability-winners-honored-at-northwest-environmental-conference/" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> December 4, 2012 <p><B>From ConAgra Foods</b></p><h1>Conagra Foods Lamb Weston To Expand Operations In Boardman, Ore.</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=92 <p>OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 9, 2012&#151;ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE:CAG) announced today an estimated $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato facility in Boardman, Ore. This strategic investment will add a new line to the plant&#151;increasing capacity for making french fries and other frozen potato products&#151;and is expected to create approximately 100 jobs for the region.</p><p>As consumer demand for frozen potato products continues to grow both domestically and internationally, this significant capacity increase is needed to fulfill Lamb Weston's customer growth projections, particularly the dynamic growth expected from international markets.</p><p>"Our need to expand is a testament to our strong customer partnerships, our great-tasting french fries, and the outstanding work our employees do every day to create food people love," said Rick Martin, vice president, Global Operations, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston. "This expansion also reflects our confidence in the region's growers to deliver high-quality potatoes while working with state and local government to ensure long-term, sustainable growing practices. We specifically appreciate the efforts and support of the Columbia River Enterprise Zone, Port of Morrow, city of Boardman, Morrow County and the state of Oregon and are proud to be an active part of this thriving community."</p><p>"We're thrilled Lamb Weston has reaffirmed its commitment to Boardman and the entire Columbia River Basin," said Gary Neal, general manager, Port of Morrow. "As Lamb Weston realized, Boardman is an ideal place to expand as its business and employees continue to thrive here."</p><p>Construction of the 192,000 square foot, state-of-the-art addition is expected to begin in early 2013 with completion in 2014. The expansion does not alter ConAgra Foods' existing fiscal 2013 capital expenditure guidance.</p><p>"We are excited about Lamb Weston's commitment to expand its operations in the Columbia Basin," said Tim McCabe, director, Business Oregon. "We look forward to working in the near future with the Port of Morrow, city of Boardman and Morrow County as a partner to assist Lamb Weston's growth and ensure they remain a major employer in the area for years to come."</p><p>ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston is one of the largest employers in the Columbia River Basin&#151;an area known for growing high-quality potatoes and other vegetables. The company operates seven facilities in the region employing nearly 4,500 people, including 500 employees in Boardman and 500 in Hermiston, Ore.</p><p>With easy access to the Port of Morrow, the Boardman facility is strategically situated to support both domestic and international growth plans of Lamb Weston customers. Proximity to prime growing and shipping operations also helps reduce transportation needs, supporting Lamb Weston's efforts to shrink its carbon footprint. The existing Boardman facility is EPA ENERGY STAR&#174; Certified as a result of employee efforts to reduce energy, reuse water and increase recycling.</p> November 9, 2012 <p><B>From ONAMI:</b></p><h1>ONAMI Wins Prestigious National Award</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=91 <p>Visit the ONAMI Web site to <a href="http://www.onami.us//home/press_release_archive/onami_wins_prestigious_national_award/" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> October 29, 2012 <h1>Local Communities to Create Broadband Strategic Plans</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=90 <p>Salem, OR&#151;Four Oregon communities will participate in the Oregon Broadband Outreach and Strategic Planning Project to create strategic broadband plans for their citizens in order to help increase broadband adoption and utilization across the state.</p><p>The four communities participating are the city of Eugene, city of Sandy, Wasco County and city of The Dalles, and the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The project begins this month and the strategic plans will be completed by the end of April 2013.</p><p>Business Oregon will provide training, technical assistance and financial support to each selected community in order to facilitate and support the development of a broadband strategic plan that advances the individual community's economic and community development goals through the utilization of broadband technology and services.</p><p>The community strategic plans will promote access to broadband infrastructure and address barriers to adoption and utilization. Participating in the project is an opportunity for communities to connect their local economic development, education, healthcare and community efforts to state and federal initiatives. The project will bring together community leaders to develop the plan and further community goals through broadband utilization.</p><p>Oregon was awarded a federal grant of $5.6 million from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to support mapping and planning for broadband growth and adoption. As a part of that grant, Business Oregon on behalf of the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council is implementing the Oregon Broadband Outreach and Strategic Planning Project to develop eight local community plans to accelerate broadband utilization. Four additional communities will be recruited to go through the planning process next year.</p> October 11, 2012 <h1>U.S. Small Business Administration Awards Oregon $499,000 to Help Oregon Companies Increase Exports</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=89 <p>SALEM&#151;Oregon has received an award of $499,049 in federal State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a 30 percent increase over last year's award.</p><p>The funding supports the participation of Oregon small businesses in international trade shows and trade missions through individual export development grants of up to $5,000. <a href="/STEP/">New STEP applications</a> for grant funds to be used through September 2013 are now available.</p><p>As the first year of Oregon STEP concludes, more than 80 Oregon companies enrolled in the program, participating in 66 trade shows. Half of those companies have completed their export activity, resulting in nearly $500,000 in export sales. All together, the participants expect to sell more than $6 million worth of goods as a result over the next year.</p><p>"My upcoming trade mission to Asia highlights the critical role exports play in creating jobs, and bringing new dollars into Oregon's growing economy," Governor Kitzhaber said. "Nearly one-fourth of Oregon's manufacturing jobs depend on exports, and this assistance will expand Business Oregon's existing efforts to help Oregon firms market and sell their products overseas."</p><p>The Governor will be joined by public and private sector leaders on the 10-day mission, October 14-25, 2012, with meetings and events in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kyoto and Tokyo.</p><p>Oregon's exports in 2011 totaled $18.3 billion. The state's largest market was China. Oregon posted merchandise exports of $3.2 billion to China in 2011, 17 percent of the state's total merchandise exports. China was followed by Canada ($2.7 billion), Malaysia ($2.2 billion), Japan ($1.6 billion) and South Korea ($1.1 billion).</p><p>Export-supported jobs linked to manufacturing account for an estimated 5.1 percent of Oregon's total private sector employment. Nearly one-quarter (23.3%) of all manufacturing workers in Oregon depend on exports for their jobs. Looking at the latest data 89 percent of the close to 5,000 companies exporting goods from Oregon were small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.</p><p>The federal State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, launched in March, 2011 aligns with President Obama's National Export Initiative. The President's initiative calls for doubling U.S. exports in five years&#151;and in so doing, supporting two million jobs.</p><p>The Oregon STEP Project has grown the pool of potential and existing exporters from across the state in partnership with export and small business assistance providers. Recruitment efforts emphasize outreach to small, minority- and women-owned businesses. The project draws from resources, seminars, workshops and all technical education and export counseling and financing services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, Oregon's Small Business Development Center Network, SCORE, the Portland Metropolitan Export Initiative and other education and public and private-sector partners.</p> September 26, 2012 <h1>Gigi Sohn to Open Oregon Broadband Conference</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=88 <p>Hood River, OR&#151;"The Broadband Ecosystem: Living with the Cloud," is the theme of the 17th annual Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19, at the Hood River Inn and Conference Center in Hood River, and is presented by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.</p><p>The Keynote Speaker will be Gigi Sohn, President of Public Knowledge, a non-profit telecommunications public interest advocacy organization in Washington, DC. The conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications. The 2012 conference will explore how broadband access to IP networks and the business, government, education, healthcare, computing, communications, entertainment applications and other services available in the "Cloud" are impacting individuals, organizations and society. The conference also will honor individuals and organizations that have positively impacted telecommunications development in Oregon.</p><p>Conference information and on-line registration are available at the <a href="http://www.oregonconnections.info" target=_blank>conference Web site</a>.</p><p>Sponsors include LS Networks, Integra Telecom, CoastCom, Association of Oregon Counties, Harris, NWAX, ezWireless, CACHE, Pictures & Words Productions, CenturyLink, Oregon Health Network, Charter Business, City of Eugene, Q-Life Network, Cerium Networks, Business Oregon and the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.</p> September 24, 2012 <h1>Hillsboro Semiconductor Firm Saves 250 Oregon Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=87 <p>SALEM&#151;Governor John Kitzhaber announced that a Hillsboro semiconductor firm, Jireh Semiconductor, Inc., recently decided to "on-shore" their proprietary technology keeping 250 manufacturing jobs here in lieu of contracting production in Asia.</p><p>Jireh Semiconductor is a newly established and wholly-owned subsidiary of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, Inc., (AOS) who acquired the Hillsboro fabrication facility from Integrated Device Technology (IDT) earlier this year. The purchase of the facility from IDT reflects a strategic decision by AOS to expand and optimize products and innovative technology while bringing manufacturing back to the United States, company officials said. AOS acquired the 8-inch wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro with plans to re-train the employees on Jireh's production processes. The acquisition helped the company accelerate the development of their innovative power device technologies.</p><p>"This is one more piece of good news for Oregon's thriving Silicon Forest of high tech manufacturers," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Jireh Semiconductor is just the latest firm to return jobs here to Oregon from Asia and we welcome that vote of confidence in Oregon and its highly trained workers."</p><p>Earlier this year, Governor Kitzhaber approved a $250,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to help the company with its workforce re-training costs associated with the move. In addition, in January, the Governor joined President Obama to call on companies across the nation to invest in America at a forum at the White House. The forum focused on the increasing trend of on-shoring&#151;where companies are bringing jobs back to the United States and making additional investments here in America.</p><p>AOS's growth is reflected by the company's increasing market share within the power semiconductor industry. The company's products are widely used in applications such as high performance servers, laptops, desktop computers and graphic cards, LCD TVs, smart phones, communications, networking and industrial equipment.</p><p>"To begin manufacturing in the U.S. was a strategic decision; AOS believes that America and the American people are fundamentally innovative in technology, products and productivity," said Mike Chang, PhD and CEO of AOS. "AOS's core competiveness is in its ability to innovate and innovate quickly. However, it also is the company's painful experience that technology cannot innovate faster or at a higher level without in-house manufacturing."</p> September 6, 2012 <h1>Governor Kitzhaber to Lead Business Mission to Asia to Promote Oregon Business</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=86 <p>(Salem, OR)&#151;With Oregon's economy increasingly dependent on global sales of its products, Governor Kitzhaber will lead a business mission to Asia in October to promote Oregon products and innovation, and attract new investment to the state.<BR><BR>Governor Kitzhaber will be joined by public and private sector leaders on the 10-day mission, with meetings and events in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kyoto and Tokyo.<BR><BR>Oregon's exports to Asia remain a critical component of the state's economy with international trade growing by 19 percent in 2011 on nearly $18 billion in foreign sales. China is currently Oregon's second largest trading partner with $1.2 billion in exports from Oregon during the first six months of 2012. Meanwhile, Japan remains the most important export market for the state's agricultural products.<BR><BR>"Selling Oregon's high quality products in international markets is a critical to creating good paying jobs in Oregon and helping grow our businesses small and large," said Governor Kitzhaber. "In the highly competitive global economy, Oregon needs to continue to make its presence known and work to improve its business relationships in every corner of the world."<BR><BR>International trade impacts every region of the state with nearly 5,000 Oregon companies exporting their goods and services abroad&#151;from large companies like Intel and Nike to blueberry farmers in the Willamette Valley and recycling equipment manufacturers in Eugene. Governor Kitzhaber plans to promote foreign direct investment in the state as well as Oregon as a tourism destination.<BR><BR>Governor Kitzhaber last visited Asia on a business and trade mission in September of 2011, when he held meetings in South Korea, China and Japan.<BR><BR><B>Governor Kitzhaber Tentative Trade Mission Public Itinerary</b> (subject to change, more details to follow):<BR><ul><li style="margin-bottom:6px;">Oct. 14 Depart Portland for China</li><li style="margin-bottom:6px;">Oct. 15-17 Shanghai<BR>U.S. Consulate General Delegation Briefing<BR>Friends of Oregon Reception</li><li style="margin-bottom:6px;">Oct. 18-20 Hong Kong<BR>U.S. Consulate General Delegation Briefing</li><li style="margin-bottom:6px;">Oct. 21-24 Tokyo<br>U.S. Embassy Delegation Briefing<BR>Friends of Oregon Reception</li><li style="margin-bottom:6px;">Oct. 25 Depart Tokyo for Portland</li></ul></p> August 15, 2012 <h1>Business Oregon Finance Teams Garners National Recognition</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=85 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) has named Business Oregon, and its business finance programs, as the winner of the 2012 CDFA Distinguished Development Finance Agency Award (State).</p><p>The CDFA Excellence in Development Finance Awards recognize outstanding development finance programs, agencies, leaders, projects and success stories. The CDFA is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading members of the development finance community representing public, private and non-profit entities alike.</p><p>"CDFA is proud to honor Business Oregon for their excellence in development finance. Their work as a state agency is cutting-edge, innovative and an example of best practices in our industry," said Toby Rittner, President and CEO of CDFA.</p><p>The finance team at Business Oregon provides a range of financing services to businesses and lending partners. These services include revolving loan funds for working capital and term loans; loan guarantees on bank loans; loans for startup businesses; and tax-exempt, industrial bond financing for manufacturers. Between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, the team has completed financing agreements worth more than $70 million funding job creation and retention efforts by more than 160 Oregon businesses.</p><p>"Our business finance team has helped hundreds of Oregon businesses, large and small, get the financing they need to grow and create jobs for Oregonians," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. </p> August 8, 2012 <h1>New and Redesignated Enterprise Zones Established to Spur Job Creation</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=84 <p>As a direct result of legislation passed by the 2012 Oregon Legislature, Business Oregon has designated four new enterprise zones in Beaverton, Portland, Veneta and Springfield, designed to help drive job creation.</p><p>Enterprise zones are managed by local officials to temporarily abate property taxes on new investments to help induce manufacturing and other types of traded-sector businesses to grow, creating new jobs. These firms may be new to the enterprise zone or already in operation.</p><p>In 2012, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill allowing the creation of eight more enterprise zones, which could raise the total statewide to 68 if all were enacted. As a result, after a round of applications, Business Oregon has authorized the creation of new zones in the cities of Beaverton, Veneta and Portland. Business Oregon also is granting an E-commerce designation for Springfield's currently designated enterprise zone.</p><p>"Enterprise zones attract businesses which can create high-paying jobs for Oregonians," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We are happy these local communities see the potential benefits and plan to make them work for their citizens."</p><p>A 2010 study concluded that 192 businesses qualified for enterprise zone exemptions on newly finished projects in the prior tax year. The study estimated that at least 7,000 new jobs were created in 59 enterprise zones over a six-year period.</p><p>In addition to the new designations, Business Oregon redesignated existing enterprise zones in Gold Beach, Gilliam County, Cottage Grove/Lane County and Prineville/Crook County. The Prineville/Crook County zone is home to Facebook's growing data center development and the future site of an Apple Corporation data center. Apple's enterprise zone agreement requires the company to invest $250 million and employ at least 35 workers within several years of operation. A recent economic analysis by Economic Development for Central Oregon concluded approximately $75.6 million in capital spending has been accrued statewide because of Facebook's arrival and approximately 234 Central Oregon jobs have been created.</p><p>The Portland Development Commission estimated that since 1986 the North Portland enterprise zone has led to industrial investments totaling more than a billion dollars. Now, the city is looking east to once again spur job creation. The city's new East Portland Enterprise Zone would exist between Northeast Airport Way and Milwaukie and between Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Gresham.</p><p>PDC officials hope the proposed enterprise zone is as successful as the one in North Portland, where 50 businesses have participated. Several businesses moved to the area because of the program, including SoloPower. The California-based thin-film solar energy panel manufacturer plans to build a $340 million solar plant in the Rivergate Industrial District and create hundreds of jobs.</p><p>The Beaverton City Council unanimously approved their new enterprise zone application in May. Companies within the designated areas&#151;about 5 square miles in three or four industrial areas southeast and west of Central Beaverton&#151;are required to commit to at least $1 million investments in infrastructure and equipment to receive a three- to five-year abatement of property taxes.</p> July 2, 2012 <h1>Brownfields Conference Recognizes Redevelopment Success in Oregon</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=83 <p>Salem&#151;The ninth Oregon Brownfields Conference will be held June 13-14 in Portland and include the presentation of awards to four outstanding brownfield cleanup projects. The conference brings together state and local officials and private sector leaders to discuss how to expand redevelopment opportunities across the state.</p><p>The conference&#151;presented by Business Oregon in partnership with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Northwest Environmental Business Council and the Center for Creative Land Recycling&#151;will emphasize the tools and resources critical to the success of such redevelopment projects.</p><p>"To succeed in brownfield redevelopment, we need truly collaborative partnerships between property owners, government and interested stakeholders,"said Tim McCabe, the Director of Business Oregon. "These projects are instrumental as they either strengthen Oregon's livable communities or create opportunities for existing Oregon companies and jobs for Oregonians."</p><p>The highlight of the first day of the meeting will be the fourth Oregon Brownfields Awards Program Luncheon held at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel in Portland.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0;">McCabe pointed to the four projects slated to receive 2012 Oregon Brownfields Awards as examples of how brownfield redevelopment can help create hundreds of new jobs for state residents while improving nearby neighborhoods. This year's winners for outstanding projects include:</p><ul style="margin-top:5px;"><li style="margin-bottom:12px;">The <B>June Key Delta Community Center</b> in North Portland, which involved the successful transformation of a former gas station into a sustainably designed community space.<BR><BR>The city of Portland Brownfield Program provided approximately $47,000 for an additional Phase II environmental site assessment. Other key partners included: Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Green Investment Fund&#151;$119,000 for site improvements focusing on sustainable design; a Portland Development Commission's Commercial Property Redevelopment loan, Storefront Improvement and Community Livability grant&#151;$434,600 for site improvements; the Community Benefit Opportunity Program grant&#151;$22,500 to help build a sustainable landscape; and a U.S. EPA Technical Assistance grant of $25,000.<BR><BR>The Delta Sigma Theta sorority, which spent $131,000 to purchase and improve the site, succeeded in realizing its goals to not only build a center for their outreach and volunteer efforts, but for a community center and a demonstration project for sustainable building design that would act as an educational showpiece on environmental stewardship for the neighborhood. There was substantial material re-use in the design of the building including utilizing metal cargo containers to add 2,400 square feet to the building, floors made of recycled rubber tires, and huge glass windows recycled from another building project.<BR><BR>In the summer of 2011, the sorority celebrated the opening of the June Key Delta Community Center. Hundreds of people attended including the mayor of Portland, Sam Adams.</li><LI style="margin-bottom:12px;">The <B>Sunriver Owners Association</b> transformed an underutilized, vacant asbestos-contaminated amphitheater area into the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC), a showcase aquatic center, community-gathering facility and year-round outdoor recreation area.<BR><BR>Remediation of the Sunriver amphitheater area eliminated a potential long-term risk to the health of Sunriver residents and guests. Partners in the project included the Sunriver Owners Association, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and other partners.<BR><BR>The amphitheater area is a 22-acre parcel in the heart of the community. In 2002, during routine property inspections, asbestos-containing material (ACM) was identified in the soil at a small portion of the site originating from World War II-era buildings that were constructed in 1942 as part of the former Camp Abbot army training facility. More than 90,000 troops came through the training camp, which was eventually demolished in 1945.<BR><BR>The construction of this facility positively affected the local and regional economy with numerous Oregon companies being utilized as part of the construction. According to Cascade Business News, the SHARC project was ranked in the top five of Central Oregon's commercial construction projects for 2011. SROA has increased its regular/benefited positions from 29 to 38 and part-time positions from 40 to approximately 70.</li><LI style="margin-bottom:12px;">The <B>Tabor Commons</b> project transformed a former gas station site in southeast Portland into a non-profit, family-oriented coffee house and community center called Caf&#233; au Play.<BR><BR>Prior to being called Tabor Commons, this commercial property operated as a gas station from the 1920s to the 1980s and then as several small businesses including a used car lot and mini markets. Since the 1990s, community members had raised concerns about criminal activities occurring on the site such as vandalism, violent crimes and drug deals.<BR><BR>In the summer of 2011, Caf&#233; au Play opened its doors and hosted a celebration with music, children's activities, bike maintenance and safety classes, and a petting zoo. Caf&#233; au Play has realized its goal as a space to provide community connections and support networks for families. Caf&#233; au Play at Tabor Commons also has provided four new jobs for staff; daily activities and music for children; parenting groups and workshops; a barista training program that prepares high school volunteers for employment; as well as a meeting space for community groups.<BR><BR>The financial partners in the project included: Business Oregon&#151;$60,600 for underground storage tank removal; City of Portland BES&#15;$14,000 tank removal and clean up; City of Portland Brownfield Program&#151;$34,000 for Phase II environmental site assessments and ABCA/clean up planning; and an U.S. EPA Brownfields Sustainable Pilots grant of $25,000 for green job curriculum and job training.</li><li style="margin-bottom:12px;"><B>Remediation and future redevelopment of a 30-acre waterfront parcel</b> owned by ZRZ Realty Company (Zidell) will one day result in hundreds of new jobs as well as the Portland region's latest light rail line. Business Oregon's Brownfields Redevelopment Fund loaned the project $3.9 million for the remediation project.<BR><BR>The site, just south of the Ross Island Bridge, is adjacent to the Oregon Health & Science University tram terminal and spans one half mile along the Willamette River. The land has been home to continuous industrial use, including ship building, ship dismantling, and now barge building by Zidell Marine Corporation (a sister company to ZRZ Realty) for nearly 100 years. The cleanup effort involved 32 acres of upland and 11 acres of submerged remediation.<BR><BR>Remediation activities on site will be completed in 2012. More than four acres of native vegetation was planted, replacing a former blackberry expanse with more than 275 trees and 15,000 shrubs. The property is currently undergoing preparation for the eventual transition of this land from industrial to mixed-use or commercial.<BR><BR>The clean site can now be returned to a productive and active use, stimulating new development and investment in the area. The work has unquestionably improved the area's aesthetic appeal and will continue to attract new investors into the area.<BR><BR>Total remediation construction costs are more than $20 million. Project funding was provided privately by Zidell, including settlements from insurance companies and from the U.S. government. Additional support was provided through the Business Oregon Brownfield Redevelopment Fund.</li></ul></p> May 30, 2012 <h1>Applications for the Governor's 2012 Oregon Sustainability Awards Now Being Accepted</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=82 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;Applications for the 2012 Oregon Sustainability Awards are now being accepted by Business Oregon on behalf of the Governor and the Oregon Sustainability Board.</p><p>Oregonians have always put great value on the long-term health of the environment in which they live, work and play, and therefore take the long view when making investments in economic development. Sustainability is an integrated concept in the strategic planning of most Oregon organizations and companies, but some are truly moving to the head of the pack.</p><p>The Oregon Sustainability Awards are intended to promote and advance the inclusion of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. Any private, public, or non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards will be given based on merit, but organizations may be grouped by size and/or type in order to make comparing applicants more efficient and appropriate.</p><p>Winners must show a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. They will be innovators in their fields and show that becoming more sustainable is not in conflict with achieving the organization's core mission, whatever that may be. The Awards broadly defines sustainable practices as those that strive to optimize an organization's financial, environmental and social performance.</p><p>Last year's winners were Burgerville (large business); Northwoods Nursery (small business); Port of Portland; and a three-organization partnership from Corvallis&#151;Corvallis School District, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and First Alternative Co-op (NGO/Government).</p><p>More information and a downloadable application are available on our <a href="/Sustainability/">Web site.</a> Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2012. Applicants should expect a response approximately two months after the deadline.</p> May 29, 2012 <h1>Business Oregon Certifies Redmond Industrial Site</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=80 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon, working with its state and local partners, recently certified the 95-acre Desert Rise Opportunity site in Redmond paving the way for crucial job creation efforts.</p><p>The site, part of the largest industrial parcel left in the highly successful Desert Rise Industrial development, is the 73rd site to be certified by Business Oregon since the state program's inception in 2003.</p><p>"Given the demand for development-ready industrial sites, it is critical that sites like this one are made available for companies seeking to create jobs here in Oregon," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon. "That is why we work so hard to certify industrial sites that will be attractive to site selectors and developers. We want to inject much-needed certainty into the development process."</p><p>Certified Industrial Sites are considered "project ready"&#151;meaning the typical impediments to development have been identified and resolved and building can begin within 180 days of a development decision. Issues related to environmental clearances, zoning, utilities and transportation are addressed by the appropriate state, local and tribal agencies prior to confirmation of the site's readiness to be developed. All certified sites are reviewed by an independent certifier for adherence to the program's strict guidelines.</p><p>Certification is one of the cornerstones of the state's industrial development strategy. Many of Oregon's highest profile business relocations and expansions have occurred on certified sites, including Subaru in Portland's Rivergate District; Genentech in Hillsboro; Facebook in Prineville; Google in The Dalles; Sanyo Solar in Salem; as well as large distribution centers for Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement in Salem and Lebanon, respectively.</p><P>"By certifying the 95-acre Desert Rise parcel as a Shovel Ready Industrial Site, we are excited to be able to assure potential employers that they will be able to break ground on their project within 180 or fewer days" said Redmond Mayor George Endicott. "As we continue to establish Redmond as a first choice community for employers and residents, this certification further indicates that Redmond is 'open for business.'"</p><p>The Desert Rise Opportunity site is the third and largest site in the Desert Rise Industrial Park to be certified. The first two phases developed, Parcel A and Parcel B, were certified in 2005 and businesses have been successfully recruited to portions of the development thanks, in part, to certification.</p> May 24, 2012 <h1>Oregon Communities to receive $2.1 million for Brownfield Cleanups</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=81 <p>Salem&#151;The U.S. EPA announced today that the state of Oregon and five local communities will receive more than $2.1 million in Brownfields funding to help breathe new life into contaminated properties and revitalize former industrial sites.</p><p>Business Oregon will receive $700,000 in supplemental funding for its existing Revolving Loan Fund. This funding will allow Business Oregon to continue making loans and providing grants to eligible applicants to cleanup Brownfields throughout the state of Oregon, fostering environmental and economic redevelopment.<p>"To succeed in brownfield redevelopment, we need truly collaborative partnerships between property owners, government and interested stakeholders," said Tim McCabe, the Director of Business Oregon. "These EPA grants will go a long way to making success a reality for all these communities."</p><p style="margin-bottom:4px;">EPA Brownfields Grants fund site assessments and site cleanups, supporting local efforts to clean up contamination or otherwise make land useable for housing, community space or commercial development. EPA also provides often cash-strapped communities a much-needed boost to bring abandoned lands back into productive use. The following Oregon communities will receive U.S. EPA Brownfields grants:</p><p style="margin: 0 0 14px 14px;"><B>The City of Eugene</b> will receive a $680,200 Brownfields Assessment Coalition grant that will be used to establish a coalition with the city of Springfield and Lane County to develop a Brownfields inventory and conduct environmental site assessments within their three jurisdictions. <BR><BR><b>The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District</b> will receive a $400,000 Community-wide Assessment Grant to inventory and prioritize Brownfield sites and conduct environmental site assessments on properties located throughout Baker, Union and Wallowa counties in northeastern Oregon. This project will include community outreach and cleanup planning activities.<BR><BR><B>The City of Troutdale</b> will receive a $200,000 grant to perform an environmental site assessment and conduct community outreach and cleanup planning activities at the Troutdale Riverfront Redevelopment property at 302 NW 257th Way. The site, which sits on the bank of the Sandy River, operated as a slaughterhouse and rendering plant from 1901 to the late 1960s.<BR><BR><b>The City of Vernonia</b> will receive a $200,000 Community-Wide Assessment grant which will be used to inventory Brownfield sites throughout the city, perform environmental site assessments, and conduct community outreach.</p><p>Next month, the ninth Oregon Brownfields Conference will be held June 13-14 in Portland and include the presentation of awards to four outstanding brownfield cleanup projects. The conference brings together state and local officials and private sector leaders to discuss how to expand redevelopment opportunities across the state. The highlight of the first day of the meeting will be the fourth Oregon Brownfields Awards Program Luncheon held at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel in Portland.</p><p>For more information on the above projects please contact: <BR>Eugene, Mike Sullivan, 541-682-5448<BR>Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, Lisa Dawson, 541-426-3598<br>Troutdale, Doug MacCourt, 503-226-8672, or Jim Kight, 503-674-7237<BR>Vernonia, William Haack, 503-429-5291</p> May 24, 2012 <h1>State Launches New Tool for Expanding Businesses</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=79 <p>SALEM&#151;Today Oregon's new industrial and commercial site database launched at <a href="http://www.expandinoregon.com/" target=_blank>www.expandinoregon.com.</a> The tool, previously available at OregonProspector.com, has been upgraded and enhanced using feedback from site selectors in the state and across the nation.</p><p>"Connecting industrial employers with the developable sites they need to grow or locate in Oregon is one of the most important things we do here at Business Oregon. This tool allows that connection to be made quickly, and with sites that are the right fit," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe, who led the creation of the original OregonProspector.com site nearly a decade ago while serving as Chair of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Association.</p> <p>The new site, now administered by Business Oregon, was developed in partnership with PacifiCorp, Portland General Electric, Avista, NW Natural and Greater Portland, Inc., and with the invaluable assistance of Cy Smith, Statewide GIS Coordinator for the State Department of Administrative Services.</p><p>ExpandInOregon.com provides a searchable database of available commercial and industrial properties available in Oregon, allowing the user to search by parameters such as square footage, utility access, proximity to airports and population size. Upgrades over the previous site include enhanced map functionality, new search parameters, a more streamlined interface and more.</p><p>The importance of available industrial sites for job creation was highlighted in the recent<i> Value of Jobs Land Availability</i> report. The report, co-produced by Business Oregon and the Portland Business Alliance among others, estimated that by building out 12 major industrial sites, the Portland region could create nearly 10,900 jobs. Business Oregon works hard to find and ready such sites through its <a href="/The-Oregon-Advantage/Sites/">industrial lands certification efforts.</a></p> May 18, 2012 <h1>World Trade Week Highlights Export Growth Opportunities for Oregon Companies</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=78 <p>Salem&#151;Business Oregon and local partners will host a week of events beginning today to showcase export assistance in Portland, Eugene, Medford and Bend where Oregon businesses can learn how to seize growing export opportunities for their companies.<BR><BR>This "International Road Show" highlighting World Trade Week runs through May 18. The meetings and presentations of this are excellent opportunities for Oregon's small- and medium-sized companies to learn about assistance available from state, local and federal government agencies designed to help companies export their products around the globe.<BR><BR>"The International Road Show events are great resources for Oregon companies looking to expand their customer base across the world and increase revenues," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "These events feature Business Oregon's overseas-based experts to answer questions and give advice on how Oregon companies can access these markets."<BR><BR>The events include presentations on opportunities in the European Union, Greater China (including the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Japan and Korea. Discussions will focus on how companies can best develop and expand the reach of their products and services into these and other major overseas markets.<BR><BR>President Barack Obama, who last year set forth a national goal to double U.S. exports in five years as part of his National Export Initiative, recently declared the importance of World Trade Week's activities.<BR><BR>"World Trade Week is a time to highlight the vital connection between the global economy and the prosperity of our own country," President Obama said. "Our 21st-century economy requires American businesses and workers to compete in an international marketplace. To ensure our success, we must advance a robust, forward-looking trade agenda that emphasizes exports and domestic job growth."<BR><BR>In 2011, Oregon companies exported nearly $18.3 billion in electronics, agricultural products, machinery and other commodities to a host of foreign buyers. Asian countries rank high on Oregon's roster of international customers with China being the largest ($3.2B) single recipient of Oregon's goods since 2009. Canada received the second-highest value ($2.7B) of shipments from the state in 2011.<BR><BR> The <a href="/tradeweek/">full schedule of events and registration</a> is available on our Web site.</p> May 14, 2012 <h1>Business Oregon Certifies Portland Industrial Site</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=77 <p>Salem&#151;Business Oregon, working with its state and local partners, recently certified a 17.25-acre industrial site in the Airport Way Industrial Corridor in Portland paving the way for crucial job creation efforts.</p><p>The site, part of the largest industrial parcel left in the highly successful Interstate Crossroads Distribution Center development, is the 72nd to be certified by Business Oregon since the state program's inception in 2003. The certification is significant in light of a recently completed report showing the Portland Metro area lacks development-ready industrial sites for job creation.</p><p>"Given the shortage of development-ready industrial sites in the Portland Metro area, it is critical that sites like this one are made available for companies seeking to create jobs here in Oregon," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon. "That is why we work so hard to certify industrial sites that will be attractive to site selectors and developers, because we know they inject much-needed certainty into the development process."</p><p>The <a href="http://www.valueofjobs.com/land_study_2012/index.html" target=_blank>land availability report</a>, released last week by Business Oregon, the Portland Business Alliance and several other partners, found there were only five development-ready sites of 25 acres or larger within the Portland area. In addition, there was just one 50-acre and one 100-acre site available for development within 180 days. The report also found that there are no 100-plus acre sites available for development within seven and 30 months.</p><p>Certified Industrial Sites are considered "project ready"&#151;meaning the typical impediments to development have been identified and resolved and building can begin within 180 days of a development decision. Issues related to environmental clearances, zoning, utilities and transportation are addressed by the appropriate state, local and tribal agencies prior to confirmation of the site's readiness to be developed. All certified sites are reviewed by an independent certifier for adherence to the program's strict guidelines.</p><p>Certification is one of the cornerstones of the state's industrial development strategy. Many of Oregon's highest profile business relocations and expansions have occurred on certified sites, including Subaru in Portland's Rivergate District; Genentech in Hillsboro; Facebook in Prineville; Google in The Dalles; Sanyo Solar in Salem; as well as large distribution centers for Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement in Salem and Lebanon, respectively.</p><p>The city of Portland recognizes the importance of the industrial site certification process as a means to obtaining complete and reliable information about our strategic industrial sites," said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. "Throughout the state, and particularly in Portland, these sites have proven to be instrumental in driving significant development and the creation of family-wage jobs."</p><p>The site is the first to be certified in Portland since 2004. Three other sites have been certified in the Portland market: Rivergate, Bybee Lake Distribution Center and Riverside Parkway Corporate Center. The majority of the land in these industrial parks has now been developed and they are now home to numerous traded-sector companies.</p> April 23, 2012 <h1>World Trade Week Highlights Export Growth Opportunities for Oregon Companies </h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=76 <p>Salem&#151;Business Oregon and local partners will host a week of events to showcase export assistance in Portland, Eugene, Medford and Bend where Oregon businesses can learn how to seize growing export opportunities for their companies.</p><p>This "International Road Show" will take place during World Trade Week May 14-18. The meetings and presentations are excellent opportunities for Oregon's small- and medium-sized companies to learn about assistance available from state, local and federal government agencies designed to help companies export their products around the globe.</p><p>"The International Road Show events are great resources for Oregon companies looking to expand their customer base across the world and increase revenues," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "These events feature Business Oregon's overseas-based experts to answer questions and give advice on how Oregon companies can access these markets."</p><p>The events include presentations on opportunities in the European Union, Greater China (including the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Japan and Korea. Discussions will focus on how companies can best develop and expand the reach of their products and services into these and other major overseas markets.</p><p>In 2011, Oregon companies exported nearly $18.3 billion in electronics, agricultural products, machinery and other commodities to a host of foreign buyers. Asian countries rank high on Oregon's roster of international customers with China being the largest ($3.2B) single recipient of Oregon's goods since 2009. Canada received the second-highest value ($2.7B) of shipments from the state in 2011.</p><p>Visit the <a href="/tradeweek/">Trade Week</a> event page for the schedule of events and registrations.</p> April 19, 2012 <h1>Oregon Business Seminar in Tokyo Will Focus on Increasing Japanese Investment in Manufacturing Enterprises Back in Oregon</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=75 <p>Salem&#151;Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe will host an "Oregon Investment" seminar on April 20 in Tokyo for more than 90 Japanese business executives.</p><p>McCabe will be joined at the recruitment seminar and a reception by Metro President Tom Hughes and Port of Portland Director Bill Wyatt as part of a delegation of more than a dozen Oregonians. The event is co-sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) and will be funded by contributions from the InSpec Group, Lane Powell and the Port of Portland among others.</p><p>"This event is about building and developing business relationships between Oregon companies and potential overseas investors," said Tim McCabe, Business Oregon Director. "The development of these critical relationships will help grow Oregon's economy for decades to come."</p><p>In 2012, the JASO business committee developed an Oregon Investment campaign designed around a near historic level of Japanese merger, acquisition and foreign direct investment (FDI) activity. In the last 18 months, a large number of Oregon's Japanese companies engaged in manufacturing either have, are currently, or will be expanding their Oregon operations. The campaign focuses on leveraging existing relationships, networks and contacts and is themed as the year to "expand your business in Oregon!"</p><p>In addition to the Oregon Investment seminar and reception, McCabe also will host a "Friends of Oregon" luncheon on Saturday, April 21.</p> April 16, 2012 <h1>Governor Kitzhaber Names Three to Serve on Oregon Broadband Advisory Council</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=74 <p>Salem&#151;Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed three new members to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council.</p> <p>The council works to encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth, and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities.</p> <p>Governor Kitzhaber has appointed Public Utility Commissioner Susan Ackerman, Lt. Tom Worthy, of the Oregon State Police and Sherman County Commissioner Michael Smith to each serve four-year terms on the 14-member Broadband Council. The three new appointees replace outgoing members Ray Baum, Jeff Johnson and Kathy George respectively.</p> <p>"As broadband connectivity and use becomes more and more integral to our daily lives, the mission of the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council (OBAC) becomes even more important," said Joseph Franell, CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, and Chair of the council. "That is why I am so excited about these three appointments. Having such distinguished and qualified professionals on the council means that the citizens, the Legislature and Governor's office will continue to be well served with advice on how to make the lives of Oregonians better through the deployment and use of broadband."</p> <p>Commissioner Ackerman is an attorney and was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission in March 2010 by Governor Kulongoski. Prior to her service on the OPUC, she worked as an attorney representing a variety of clients in the electricity and natural gas industries. She also currently serves on the Electricity Committee and the Smart Grid Working Group of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.</p> <p>Lieutenant Worthy is in charge of OSP technology projects and has been involved with the OSP Integrated Business and Technology Transformation Program since its inception. Lieutenant Worthy holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University.</p> <p>Commissioner Smith has multiple industry and corporate certifications in computer technology and has attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University. He also serves on the National Association of Counties' Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee.</p> <p>The next meeting of the <a href="/The-Oregon-Advantage/Telecommunications/oregon-broadband-council/">Oregon Broadband Advisory Council</a> will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Local Government Center, 1201 Court Street NE, Conference Room 306 in Salem.</p> April 11, 2012 <h1>Food Processing Recruitment Effort Continues at California Natural Foods Expo</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=73 <p>SALEM&#151;This week, officials from Business Oregon, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and several local economic development partners will head to another major food trade show in the hopes of attracting California food processors northward to Oregon.</p><p>The trip will be the second such targeted recruitment effort led by Business Oregon and the Oregon Department of Agriculture. In November, the team traveled to the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, which attracted more than 17,000 visitors, with about 350 California companies alone. This month, the destination is the <a href="http://www.expowest.com/ew12/public/enter.aspx" target=_blank>Natural Products Expo West</a> in Anaheim which also should attract a large number of potential business targets.</p><p>"Oregon is an attractive environment for food processors," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We want to be pro-active and help push even more growth in this fast developing Oregon industry sector to create as many new jobs as possible for Oregonians."</p><p>Team Oregon Food Processing will set up an Oregon booth and representatives will work the event, meeting with companies that attend. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo West is expected to attract 58,000 industry professionals interacting with more than 3,000 exhibits.</p><p>Local economic development officials from Oregon will be able to make a personal pitch for their own community, in addition to the whole team representing Oregon.</p><P>"We are a rural community with rich and thriving agriculture," says Jody Christensen, director of the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership. "We don't want to pit ourselves against other communities or states, but just want to show companies the benefits of coming to McMinnville. If it makes sound business sense for them to locate here, we happily welcome them."</p><p>Other Oregon communities and partners on this latest trip include Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. (SOREDI), Lane County, The Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University, the Oregon Economic Development Association, Douglas County, the city of Forest Grove and the Cottage Grove Community Development Corporation.</p><p>Past efforts to recruit California food companies have had significant success. In 2006, Amy's Kitchen expanded its organic frozen food processing operation to include a major facility in the Medford area. Lower electric power costs, lower workers' compensation costs and the diversity of local crops were some of the major factors the company chose Oregon and employed around 250 people.</p><p>The team for the trip this week will include Christensen, McMinnville Economic Development Partnership; Jerry Gardner and Laura Barton, Oregon Department of Agriculture; Sarah Masoni, Food Innovation Center, Oregon State University; Erik Andersson, Oregon Economic Development Association; Colleen Padilla, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.; Alex Campbell, Partnership for Economic Development Douglas County; Larry Holzgang, Business Oregon; Jeffrey King and George Cress, City of Forest Grove; Sarah Mizejewski, Lane County Community and Economic Development; and Kristin Sanger, Cottage Grove Community Development Corporation.</p> March 6, 2012 <P>From the Office of the Governor</p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber Celebrates Return of Overseas Jobs to Expanding Oregon Furniture Manufacturer</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=72 <p>Visit the <a href="http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/media_room/press_releases/p2012/press_030212.shtml" target=_blank>Governor's Web site</a> to read the release.</p> March 2, 2012 <h1>Governor Appoints Hood River Educator to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=71 <p>Salem&#151;Governor Kitzhaber has appointed Anne Carloss, Director of Special Education for the Hood River County School District, to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council.</p><p>Ms. Carloss is a native of Chicago, Illinois, where she graduated from Loyola University with a B.S. in special education. She then earned a Master's degree in education administration from Aurora University. She is currently completing an Education Specialist degree in educational leadership at Lewis & Clark College. Ms. Carloss also has many years of experience as a teacher and administrator in public schools in Illinois and Oregon.</p><p>"We are very excited about having someone with Anne's background become a part of Oregon's Broadband Advisory Council," said Joseph Franell, CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, and Chair of the council. "As broadband technologies become more and more a part of the classroom, having someone join the OBAC who has both K-12 experience and educational leadership skills will certainly help us meet the challenge of making Oregon the leader in the deployment and utilization of broadband in education."</p><p>The mission of the council is to encourage coordination and collaboration between organizations and economic sectors to leverage the development and utilization of broadband for education, workforce development and telehealth, and to promote broadband utilization by citizens and communities. The council also is charged with reporting to the legislature on the affordability and accessibility of broadband technology in all areas of the state.</p><p>The <a href="/The-Oregon-Advantage/Telecommunications/oregon-broadband-council/" target=_blank>council members</a> are leaders representing Oregon's cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, native Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government, the Public Utility Commission and the Oregon State Legislature.</p> February 2, 2012 <h1>Business Oregon to Start Disbursing $16.5 Million in Federal Small Business Assistance Funds</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=70 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon will begin accepting applications this week for awarding $16.5 million in federal small business assistance.</p><p>The funding, from the <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sb-programs/Pages/ssbci.aspx" target=_blank>U.S. Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative</a>, is expected to generate lending up to 10 times the amount received&#151;or an estimated $165 million over the next four years through existing Business Oregon financing programs. Oregon small businesses interested in applying for funds can get more information at <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/SSBCI/">Business Oregon's Web site.</a></p><p>"Oregon is a small business state and improving access to capital for small business is critical to the future success of our economy," said Governor John Kitzhaber. "These awards will mean Oregon's small business can retain employees and create new jobs for Oregonians."</p><p>The funds, managed by Business Oregon, will be disbursed through the existing <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-financing-resources/Oregon-Finance-Programs/Oregon-Business-Development-Fund/">Oregon Business Development Fund</a> (OBDF), the <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-financing-resources/Oregon-Finance-Programs/Oregon-Credit-Enhancement-Fund/">Credit Enhancement Fund</a> (CEF) and the <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-financing-resources/Oregon-Finance-Programs/Oregon-Capital-Access-Program/">Capital Access Program</a> (CAP). These three finance programs have years of proven success making direct loans to Oregon small businesses, participating in loan loss reserves programs, or issuing loan guarantees to financial institutions for the benefit of small businesses.</p><p>The programs' enhancements will create more lending opportunities for banks and credit unions as Oregon's business finance programs help mitigate some of the credit risks common to the lending environment in Oregon. Since the implementation of these loan programs, OBDF, CAP and CEF have helped make more than 3,627 loans valued at $387 million, resulting in Oregon's small businesses obtaining more than $817 million in public and private financing.</p><p>"As Oregon's economy continues to strengthen, many lenders are aggressively seeking government assistance to help mitigate collateral, cash flow and credit weaknesses in the business applications they are considering," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "This funding can go a long way toward meeting that demand and help create jobs here in Oregon."</p><p>Under the State Small Business Credit Initiative, states were offered the opportunity to apply for federal funds for programs that partner with private lenders to extend greater credit to small businesses. States had to demonstrate a reasonable expectation that a minimum of $10 in new private lending will result from every $1 in federal funding. Accordingly, the $1.5 billion funding commitment that the federal government will make for this program is expected to result in at least $15 billion in additional private lending.</p> December 19, 2011 <h1>John Morgan Named New Chair of Oregon Innovation Council </h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=69 <p>SALEM&#151;Gov. John Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of John W. Morgan to lead the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC).</p><p>Morgan is the Group Executive Vice President, Direct Health Solutions, for Cambia Health Solutions (formerly known as The Regence Group) in Portland. He has worked for five multi-national corporations, and the Governor noted that his track record of building innovative companies and raising tens of millions of dollars in private equity is a perfect fit with the council's core mission of turning promising research into growing businesses and helping established industries become more competitive.</p><p>"John's leadership and experience will help Oregon InC expand markets for Oregon companies, create jobs across the state and diversify our economy," said Governor Kitzhaber. "This is a critical component in creating the next generation of home-grown Oregon companies."</p><p>Morgan is an original member of the six-year-old council, which harnesses private sector leadership with Oregon's universities to commercialize cutting edge research; make established industries more competitive; help start-ups access capital, and provide Oregon businesses with access to otherwise out-of-reach R&D labs and researchers.</p><p>Before joining Cambia Health Solutions, Morgan was President and Chief Executive Officer of HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc., which developed and markets revolutionary bandages and dressings for military and civilian use that stop uncontrolled bleeding. HemCon bandages are carried by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and while at the company, Morgan completed private equity financing that raised $18.25 million and helped secure $38 million in federal funding.</p><p>Morgan succeeds David Chen, principal partner of Equilibrium Capital, who has served as Oregon InC's chair since it was created by the Governor and Legislature in 2005. Under Chen's leadership, Oregon InC's six initiatives have helped capture $250 million in federal and private grants, create 18 companies and built a network of shared labs used by more than 227 businesses to perfect ideas as diverse as portable kidney dialysis machines and new malaria-fighting drugs.</p><p>"David Chen has been an invaluable asset to innovation in Oregon, leading the Innovation Council since its inception," said Governor Kitzhaber. "We couldn't have asked any more from David, and I thank him greatly for his leadership and look forward to his continued success in Oregon."</p> November 9, 2011 <h1>Clean Edge Report Confirms Portland and Oregon Leadership In Clean Energy Economy </h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=68 <p>Oregon ranks second in the nation in clean energy leadership and enjoys a number of key assets that set it apart in the clean-tech sector, according to a just-released report co-sponsored by the <a href="http://www.pdc.us/" target=_blank>Portland Development Commission</a> and Business Oregon. <i><a href="http://www.pdxeconomicdevelopment.com/docs/cleantech/Oregon-Clean-Energy-Economy.pdf" target=_blank>Oregon's Clean Energy Economy</a></i> leverages data from Clean Edge's 2011<i> State Clean Energy Leadership Index,</i> a subscription-based research service which produces comprehensive performance scores and rankings for all 50 U.S. states based on activity in three key clean-energy categories: technology, policy and capital.</p><p>"The Clean Edge Report again demonstrates that Oregon is one of the nation's leading clean energy economies and is also poised for significant growth," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "Business Oregon and our partners will continue to leverage our successes in clean technology sectors to create more jobs for Oregonians and new business opportunities for Oregon companies."</p><p>"The Clean Edge report confirms our competitive advantage in talent, technology deployment, supportive government policies and capital attraction," said PDC Executive Director Patrick Quinton. "But we need to go beyond business as usual to strengthen our case for Portland as a center for clean energy growth and business success."</p><p>"This report affirms what we've seen as a network that supports promising clean tech business leaders&#151;that we have exceptional talent in the clean tech industry here in Oregon," said Ashley Henry, director of Pivotal Leaders.</p><p>While the report acknowledges that the clean energy industry's relative infancy, varying sector definitions and fast-moving changes in employment figures make clean energy jobs surprisingly difficult to track, two separate reports by the Pew Center on the States and the Brookings Institution put Oregon at or near the top in the percentage of jobs dedicated to the clean economy.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;">Other key findings from the report:</p> <ul style="margin: 0 0 14px 0;"><li>Oregon ranks #1 in the nation in LEED certified green building projects per capita in 2010.</li><li>Oregon ranks #2 for smart meter penetration nationwide.</li><li>Oregon ranks #3 in the U.S. in hybrid electric vehicle adoption.</li><li>Oregon ranks #6 in the U.S. in total installed wind capacity and total generation.</li><li>Oregon, Washington and California rank as the top three states for total EV charging stations as well as charging stations per capita.</li><li>Oregon ranked in the top five states for total clean energy venture investments, on a per-capita basis, in both 2010 and between 2008-2010.</li><li>For a smaller state, Oregon does fairly well in new patent generation, finishing ninth on a per-capita basis from 2002-2010.</li><li>Oregon is home to several top clean energy employers, including Solarworld (1050 employees), Sanyo (200), Vestas (400), Iberdrola (400), CH2MHill (1000), PECI (312) and Clear Edge Power (225).</li></ul><p>With a focus on growing export opportunities for Portland's clean tech firms, the <i><a href="http://webuildgreencities.com/index.cfm" target=_blank>We Build Green Cities</a></i> marketing and branding initiative recently launched by the Portland Sustainability Institute, PDC and Business Oregon demonstrates similar leadership findings at a regional level.</p> November 3, 2011 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Reopening of Coos Bay rail line helps boost south coast economy</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=67 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/media_room/press_releases/p2011/press_101311.shtml" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> October 13, 2011 <p><B>From Metro</b></p><h1>Brownfields programs spark reinvestment in Beaverton park</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=66 <p>Read the release at <a href="http://news.oregonmetro.gov/1/post.cfm/brownfields-programs-spark-reinvestment-in-beaverton-park" target=_blank>Metro's</a> Web site.</p> October 4, 2011 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>U.S. Small Business Administration awards Oregon $375,000 to help Oregon companies sell their products overseas</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=65 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/media_room/press_releases/p2011/press_092911.shtml" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> September 29, 2011 <h1>Pew Research Director to Open Oregon Telecommunications Conference</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=64 <p>Hood River, OR&#151;"Oregon Broadband: The Power of Adoption," is the theme of the 16th annual Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 27-28, 2011, at the Hood River Inn and Conference Center in Hood River, and is presented by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.</p><p>The Keynote Speaker will be Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. The conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications. The 2011 conference will explore the importance and value of broadband adoption and utilization for business, government, tribes, education, healthcare, public safety, communities and individuals. The conference also will honor individuals and organizations that have positively impacted telecommunications development in Oregon.</p><p>Conference information and registration are available at the <a href=" http://www.oregonconnections.info" target=_blank>conference Web site.</a></p><p>Sponsors include LS Networks, Integra Telecom, Charter Business, Comcast, CoastCom, Rio Networks, Association of Oregon Counties, Cisco Systems, Harris, CACHE, Pictures & Words Productions, NWAX, City of Eugene, Q-Life Network, Oregon Health Network, Western Independent Networks, CenturyLink, Business Oregon and the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District.</p> September 14, 2011 <h1>U.S. Department of the Treasury, Governor Kitzhaber Announce $16.5 Million in New Funds to Spur Lending to Oregon Small Businesses, Help Create Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=63 <p>Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced the approval of Oregon State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application. The $16.5 million in SSBCI funds will help create new private sector jobs and could spur more than $165 million in additional small businesses lending in Oregon. The SSBCI program, which supports state-level small business lending programs, is an important component of the Small Business Jobs Act President Obama signed into law last fall.</p><p>"These funds will provide critical support to state-level programs that help expand small business lending and spur private sector job creation," said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal S. Wolin. "Continuing to help unlock credit for small businesses will provide a powerful boost for investment and job creation in local communities across the country."</p><p>"More than 16,000 jobs have been created in Oregon this year, and we continue to use every tool available to get Oregonians back to work across the state," said Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. "Access to capital is a critical issue for businesses ready to expand in Oregon, and the Small Business Jobs Act funds will help spur investment and job creation in both urban and rural communities."</p><p>Under the Small Business Jobs Act, Oregon can access $16.5 million in SSBCI funds. Oregon expects to generate a minimum "bang for the buck" of at least $10 in new private lending for every $1 in federal funding. As such, this $16.5 million allocation for Oregon is expected to support more than $165 million in new private lending in that state.</p><p>The Oregon Business Development Department will use these SSBCI funds to support the Oregon Capital Access Program, its Credit Enhancement Fund, a loan guarantee program, and the existing Oregon Business Development Fund, a loan participation program.</p><p>Under the State Small Business Credit Initiative, all states are offered the opportunity to apply for federal funds for state-run programs that partner with private lenders to increase the amount of credit available to small businesses. States must demonstrate a reasonable expectation that a minimum of $10 in new private lending will result from every $1 in federal funding. Accordingly, the overall $1.5 billion federal funding commitment for this program is expected to result in at least $15 billion in additional private lending nationwide.</p><p><a href="http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sb-programs/Pages/ssbci.aspx" target=_blank>Additional SSBCI information from the US Department of the Treasury.</a></p> August 16, 2011 <h1>USCIS Grants Approval to Oregon's First EB-5 Regional Center</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=62 <p>The federal government has approved a special immigration designation in the state of Oregon, designed to attract millions of dollars in foreign investment while creating jobs for Oregonians.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.uscis.gov" target=_blank>U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services</a> (USCIS) office, part of the Department of Homeland Security, recently designated a regional center for the EB-5 visa program in Oregon. The Oregon Regional Center, operated by the American United Development Group (AUDG), encompasses the entire state, and is the first such regional center in Oregon.</p><p>The EB-5 program, created by Congress in 1990, allows qualified foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in commercial enterprises creating new U.S. jobs in Targeted Employment Areas ($1M in non-targeted areas), to receive immigrant visas. The program has been supported by cities and states across the U.S. to generate significant investment and new development opportunities. Under a pilot program first enacted in 1992 and regularly reauthorized since, certain EB-5 visas also are set aside for investors in Regional Centers designated by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.</p><p>"While Oregon continues to face project funding challenges, we believe the new designation can make a positive difference," said Governor John Kitzhaber. "EB-5 helps to leverage, complement and catalyze other funding sources&#151;providing investment capital in amounts and flexible terms unavailable in today's lending environment."</p><p>The American United Development Group (AUDG), a private development company with a presence in the U.S., Canada and China, is the first group to receive approval from USCIS to use the regional center program in Oregon, but more organizations will likely be receiving similar approval in the near future. AUDG is already working on projects that will boost jobs in Oregon, a biomass facility in Prineville is <a href="http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2011/06/hm3-lands-usda-grant-plans-prineville.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article" target=_blank>being considered</a> for EB-5 investment.</p><p>State Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill supporting Business Oregon's efforts to establish the program in Oregon. Read serves as Co-Chair of the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee, as well as a member of the Oregon Business Development Commission, which oversees the work of Business Oregon.</p><p>"This program serves as new conduit for attracting foreign direct investment to Oregon," said Read. "We can match up the growth potential of Oregon's clean technology, advanced manufacturing, and other industries with new capital, while putting Oregonians to work."</p><p><p>Potential investment opportunities have already been identified in Targeted Employment Areas designated by the state, with a focus on projects in clean energy manufacturing; forest and wood products manufacturing; commercial real estate for professional and technical services; senior living facilities; university facilities; healthcare facilities; and hotels and tourism resorts. Targeted Employment Areas include any rural area of the state and non-rural areas with unemployment at 150% the national average.</p><p>"The creation of this EB-5 Regional Center has enjoyed the full cooperation of the state of Oregon, the city of Portland and the private development community," said David Luo of American United Development Group, which will operate the ORC. "We appreciate the willingness of these partners to invest their time and energy in our effort to apply for and achieve the EB-5 designation, which will be a great tool in bringing investment dollars into Oregon."</p><p>Those seeking to submit their development projects for funding can contact the <a href="http://www.audgus.com" target=_blank>American United Development Group</a>. Typically, large multi-million dollar development projects will be used for EB-5, pooling together multiple foreign investors.</p><p>More information is available at <a href="/The-Oregon-Advantage/EB-5/">Business Oregon's EB-5 Program page.</a></p> June 23, 2011 <h1>Oregon's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Grew at Sixth Fastest Rate in Nation in 2010</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=61 <p>SALEM&#151;Real gross domestic product growth (GDP) in Oregon grew at the sixth fastest rate in the nation in 2010, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report issued this month.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/gsp_newsrelease.htm" target=_blank>report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis</a> showed GDP in Oregon grew 3.4% in 2010, the highest growth west of North Dakota. Business Oregon economist Michael Meyers attributed the impressive increase to Oregon's strong durable goods manufacturing sector.</p><p>"Oregon's higher than average increase in GDP can mostly be attributed to an increase in manufacturing, most importantly, durable goods manufacturing," Meyers said. "As a state with a higher than average percentage of our employment in durable goods manufacturing, it's normal for Oregon's economy to be more cyclical than the nation as a whole, experiencing lower lows and higher highs in the business cycle."</p><p>GDP increased in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Durable goods manufacturing, retail trade and finance/insurance were leading contributors to the upturn in U.S. economic growth. U.S. GDP by state grew 2.6% in 2010 after declining 2.5%in 2009.</p><p>Meyers said other industries in Oregon including agriculture, retail trade and health care amongst others also contributed to the strong increase in GDP in 2010.</p> June 15, 2011 <h1>State to Highlight Export Growth Opportunities for Oregon Companies at Showcases across the State</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=60 <p>Business Oregon and local partners will host a week of International Road Shows where Oregon businesses can learn how to seize growing export opportunities for their companies.</p><p>The road shows will take place during World Trade Week&#151;May 16-20&#151;in Portland, Salem and Eugene. President Obama's upcoming proclamation will highlight World Trade Week as an opportunity for us to reaffirm the importance of trade to our Nation's continued economic recovery and growth.</p><p>Oregon exports increased 19 percent in 2010, led by high-tech sales and record shipments to China. Oregon companies registered $17.68 billion in foreign sales last year.</p><p>"The International Road shows are an excellent opportunity for Oregon's small- and medium-sized enterprises to learn about the assistance available from state, local and federal government agencies," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "We have experts in place overseas who will be available at these events to answer questions and give advice on how Oregon companies can tap into markets around the globe."</p><p style="margin-bottom:0;">Among the discussions or activities planned: <a href="/tradeweek/">see the full schedule and locations.</a></p><ul style="margin-top:0;"><li>Presentations on China (Greater China, including the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) and the European Union;</li><li>Developing and expanding your products and services in major overseas markets; opportunities for sales and distribution;</li><li>Meetings with government representatives and state trade officials.</li></ul><p><B>Road Show Schedule and Locations:<BR>Monday, May 16 & Tuesday, May 17</b>&#151;121 SW Salmon St., World Trade Center, Portland.</p><p><b>Tuesday, May 17</b>&#151;International Business Awards and Scholarship Dinner; Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner at 7:00 p.m.; Portland Art Museum, Kridel Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Ave.</p><p><B>Wednesday, May 18</b>&#151;SEDCOR, Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry, 626 High Street NE, Salem or CLIMB Center Portland Community College, 1626 SE Water Ave., Portland.</p><p><B>Thursday, May 19</b>&#151;Eugene Chamber of Commerce, 1401 Willamette Street, Eugene</p><p><B>Friday, May 20</b>&#151;World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St., Portland.</p><p><b><a href="/tradeweek/">Registration is required for all events.</a></b></p> May 11, 2011 <h1>Oregon Sustainability Winners Honored at Future Energy Conference</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=59 <p>PORTLAND&#151;Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Sustainability Board honored six Oregon companies and non-profit organizations for their commitment to sustainable business practices at the Future Energy Conference on April 13.</p><p>Burgerville was chosen as the winner in the large business category. Northwoods Nursery received the award in the small business category. The NGO/Government awards went to the Corvallis School District, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, First Alternative Co-op and the Port of Portland.</p><p>"We are working hard to rebuild Oregon's economy so that it is truly sustainable, and these pioneering companies and organizations are strong examples of how we can achieve this," said Governor Kitzhaber.</p><p>The awards recognized organizations that had taken dramatic and comprehensive steps to incorporate sustainability into their operations and set themselves up as examples for other organizations of their type and size. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who chairs the Oregon Sustainability Board, joined Governor Kitzhaber in handing out the honors.</p><p>"It is truly an honor to recognize these organizations for their outstanding efforts in supporting Oregon's economy while reducing the impact on the environment," Secretary of State Kate Brown said. "These private and government groups are real innovators for the future and their work should inspire us all to live more sustainable lives both at work and at home. All the winners deserve our deepest gratitude."</p><p>In 2006, then Governor Ted Kulongoski issued an Executive Order directed the then Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) [now known as Business Oregon] to establish an awards program to promote and advance the inclusion of sustainable practices in government and the private sector.</p><p>More on the 2011 Oregon Sustainability Award Winners:</p><h2 style="margin:12px 0 0 0;">Large Business Award Winners</h2><p style="margin: 2px 0 0 0;"><b>Burgerville</b><BR>Burgerville is a quick-service restaurant company with 39 locations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, giving customers fresh, great-tasting food with a mission to "serve with love." Burgerville's values extend beyond serving locally grown berries, all-natural beef, Walla Walla Sweet onions and cage-free eggs. At Burgerville, the commitment to fresh, local and sustainable values is about helping people and communities thrive. The innovative company, established in 1961, is redefining industry norms by providing accessible healthcare for hourly employees and their dependents, purchasing wind power equal to their total energy use, converting used trans-fat free cooking oil to biodiesel and implementing comprehensive resource stewardship and recycling.</p><h2 style="margin:12px 0 0 0;">Small Business Award Winners</h2><p style="margin: 2px 0 0 0;"><b>Northwoods Nursery/One Green World</b><BR>Northwoods Nursery (wholesale)/One Green World (retail), founded by Jim Gilbert, not only grows an extraordinarily diverse selection of fruiting plants, it is a pioneer in sustainable agricultural practices. Located on 66 acres in Molalla, production occurs both in the field and in greenhouses. Since it began in 1979, sustainability has been at the core of Northwoods Nursery/One Green World's operations. The focus of the business, growing edible plants, is one deeply rooted in a desire to promote self-sufficient communities that can sustainably feed themselves. Designations, such as the first nursery to earn Salmon-Safe certification, recipient of the 2009 Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Award from city of Portland and participant in the Climate Friendly Nurseries Project, illustrate the depth of Northwoods Nursery/One Green World's commitment to sustainability.</p><h2 style="margin:12px 0 0 0">NGO/Government Award Winners</h2><p style="margin: 2px 0 0 0;"><B>Corvallis School District</b><BR>The Corvallis 509J School District educates about 6,630 K-12 students. Eighty-five unique countries with forty-five unique primary languages are represented within this population. The school district is the fourth largest employer in Corvallis. The students occupy two high schools, one alternative school, two middle schools, one Core Knowledge K-8 school, seven K-5 elementary schools (two are Spanish dual immersion) and one charter school that is a rural, place-based school. The school district maintains strong partnerships with the city of Corvallis and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. In addition, there is strong collaboration with local entities, such as Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District, STEPs (Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships) at OSU, Wildlife Stewards Program at OSU Extension, Corvallis Environmental Center, Freshwater Trust and the Multi Cultural Literacy Center. The district formed a Sustainability Steering Committee in 2008 to create a deliberate, comprehensive plan for becoming a Sustainable School District in which sustainability is modeled in its operations and integrated into its curricula.</p><p><B>Corvallis Sustainability Coalition</b><BR>The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is a network of more than 170 organizational partners and hundreds of individual volunteers. It was formed in 2007 to bring together businesses, non-profits, faith communities, educational institutions and government entities in the Corvallis area to accelerate the creation of a sustainable community. Its primary purpose is to foster communication and collaboration among those in the community working on different aspects of sustainability. In 2008, the Coalition developed and implemented a community-wide planning process that included three town hall meetings attended by more than 800 community members. The result was a Community Sustainability Action Plan that focuses on 12 topic areas. The plan is currently being implemented by the Coalition's action teams and organizational partners. Utilizing a grassroots-led process, the Coalition has created a model for communities pursuing all three core components of sustainability&#151;environmental, economic and social.</p><p><B>First Alternative Co-op</b><BR>First Alternative Co-op, started in 1970, is a natural foods grocery store with two locations in Corvallis and sales of $15 million per year. The cooperative has more than 7,100 owners, and all profits from the business go back into the business or back to the owners, in the form of a patronage dividend. Part of the cooperative's mission includes giving back to the community, which they accomplish through their Outreach Department funded through 1.5-2% of the cooperative's annual sales.</p><p><B>Port of Portland</b><BR>The Port of Portland is the regional port authority for the Portland metropolitan area. The Port's three airports, four marine terminals and numerous industrial parks are located near major rivers, wetlands, neighborhoods and parks&#151;therefore, how it does its work matters. Guided by environmental and sustainability policies and a Port-wide environmental management system, the Port pursues its mission to meet the region's transportation needs while improving quality of life. While the Port has five main environmental programs integrated into its marine and aviation business lines, the award is primarily for the innovative new headquarters building that was completed in 2010. A showcase of sustainable building techniques and features, the building also reflects the way the Port goes about meeting its transportation mandate: by making business decisions that support long-term economic health, integrate community concerns into its work, and reflect a deep and broad commitment to environmental stewardship.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.sustainableoregon.net/DAS/FAC/SUSTOR/awards.shtml" target=_blank>sustableoregon.net</a>.</p> April 14, 2011 <p><b><em>From First Call Resolution:</em></b></p><h1>250 New Jobs Coming to Downtown Coos Bay</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=58 <p><a href="http://www.1callres.com/CoosBay.html" target=_blank>First Call Resolution Unveils Third Oregon Location</a></p> March 28, 2011 <p><b><em>From the Office of the Governor:</em></b></p><h1>Shimadzu USA Will Expand Canby Manufacturing Operations; Add More than 50 Family Wage Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=57 <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/media_room/press_releases/p2011/press_030411a.shtml" target=_blank>read the release</a>.</p> March 4, 2011 <h1>Oregon Delegation Travels to Japan to Spur Business Expansion and Recruitment Opportunities</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=56 <p>SALEM&#151;A 17-member Oregon delegation landed in Japan this week to attend Asia's largest exposition featuring the latest in solar, fuel cell and battery technology and to recruit clean technology investment to the state. The delegation also will host two, "Invest in Oregon" seminars in Osaka and Tokyo, both of which have sold out with 110 Japanese firms signed up to attend and meet with Oregon officials about investment opportunities.</p><p>The delegation includes economic development officials from the state of Oregon, the cities of Hillsboro, Gresham and Salem and from private sector firms such as Portland General Electric and CH2M Hill. Metro President Tom Hughes and Salem Mayor Anna Peterson joined the delegation to help promote increased business investment and tourism from Japan in the Portland Metro region as well as the Willamette Valley.</p><p>"This mission is about building and developing business relationships between Oregon companies and potential overseas investors," said Tim McCabe, Business Oregon Director. "The development of these critical relationships will help grow Oregon's economy for decades to come."</p><p>McCabe said the latest trip to Asia is a great example of the value of the public private partnership approach dubbed "Team Oregon." The "Team Oregon" approach brings together key players from both the public and private sector to help increase clean tech investment throughout the state of Oregon.</p><p>McCabe said the efforts add value in three critical ways: 1) they help existing Oregon companies win more clean tech business in Asia (CH2M Hill, Gerding Edlen and Inspec are all on the trip); 2) they help educate leading Japanese firms about investment opportunities in Oregon; and 3) they help develop and grow existing partnerships between clean tech firms and Oregon communities such as Gresham, Hillsboro and Salem all of which have previously benefited from overseas clean tech investment from such firms as SolarWorld, Ferrotec, Inc. and Sanyo Solar. Initial contact between Business Oregon and these companies came at trade shows like PV Expo.</P><p>The two "Invest in Oregon" seminars will be held today in Osaka and tomorrow in Tokyo. The seminars and receptions are invitation only to the leading Japanese companies. The seminars were organized by Business Oregon in partnership with the Japan America Society of Oregon (JASO) and have been generously sponsored by Delta Airlines, the Port of Portland, InSpec Group, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and Taylor Schwabe America Access.</p><p>The delegation also will join 900 photovoltaic exhibitors gathered at the PV System Expo in Tokyo beginning March 4. The show, the largest held in Asia, features representatives from 60 countries and regions who will be on hand to showcase technologies related to the manufacturing of solar cell/module, fuel cell and battery technology.</p> February 28, 2011 <p><b><em>From the Office of the Governor:</em></b></p><h1>Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Announces Grant Opportunity for Biomass</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=55 <p><a href="http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/media_room/press_releases/p2011/press_021411.shtml" target=_blank>State plans to increase jobs in the forest products industry</a></p> February 14, 2011 <P><b><em>From SoloPower:</em></b></p><h1>SoloPower Announces New Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility in Oregon</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=54 <p>SAN JOSE, Calif., January 13, 2011&#151;SoloPower, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of flexible, thin film solar cells and modules, announces it will locate a high volume manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. The initial phase of this expansion will be the construction of a 75 MW manufacturing line which will create 170 new jobs. Upon completion, the facility is expected to have nameplate capacity of 300MW, employ approximately 500 people, and have a total investment of approximately $340 Million. This state-of-the-art production facility will greatly enhance SoloPower's ability to provide powerful, flexible, lightweight solar modules to its growing list of global customers.</p><p>"SoloPower is bringing exactly the kind of new jobs Oregon needs. By bringing their manufacturing headquarters to Wilsonville, we are continuing on the path toward establishing a stronger clean technology manufacturing base in Oregon." said Governor John Kitzhaber.</p><p>Today the Small Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP) Advisory Committee recommended approval to the Oregon Department of Energy for a $20 million loan to SoloPower. SoloPower also has applied for a Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) of $20 million from the state of Oregon. These state programs will enable the company's efforts to rapidly scale up production, while providing an economic boost to the community, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. Simultaneously, SoloPower is in discussions with the United States Department of Energy to obtain a loan guarantee under Section 1703 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to support the construction of the additional production lines.</p><p>"We are very pleased to welcome SoloPower and its advanced technology solar panel manufacturing operation, including its manufacturing headquarters, to Wilsonville," said Tim McCabe, the director of Business Oregon. "This innovative thin film solar panel manufacturer, and its 170 new jobs for Oregonians, will make a great addition to North America's #1 solar manufacturing cluster located here in Oregon."</p><p>Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp said, "The City of Wilsonville is proud to bring this exciting new business to Wilsonville, and we are committed to supporting the solar industry help fulfill national and state goals furthering sustainability and energy independence. The City is partnering with Business Oregon with the help of Clackamas County to promote smart job-growth in the private sector. SoloPower's considerable investment in Wilsonville has the potential to produce several hundred family-wage jobs that represents a tremendous opportunity for the city, Portland metro region and the state."</p><p>"Over the past year, SoloPower has considered several alternative sites. Oregon is an exceptional location for our long-term growth," stated SoloPower CEO Tim Harris. "SoloPower greatly appreciates the partnerships it has formed with the State of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Energy, Clackamas County and the City of Wilsonville. Oregon's business friendly environment, excellent support programs, and highly skilled work force made locating our new manufacturing facility in Oregon an easy decision."</p> January 13, 2011 <p><B><em>From the Office of the Governor:</em></b></p><h1>Business Oregon Certifies Three Industrial Sites for Job Creation</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=53 <p>Business Oregon, working with its state and local partners, recently certified three large industrial sites as ready for business development and job creation in as few as 180 days.</p><p>The three new sites bring to 68 the total number of certified sites since the program's inception in 2003. The new sites include 81 acres in the same Prineville industrial park that houses a new Facebook data center; 101 acres on a former superfund site in The Dalles, Oregon; and 40 acres of recently zoned industrial land in Ontario, Oregon.</p><p>"As I stated yesterday, finding ways to certify more industrial land to create jobs for Oregonians is a priority of my economic development strategy," said Governor John Kitzhaber. "These three new sites will provide rural Oregonians new job opportunities as we work to create jobs throughout the state."</p><p>Certified Industrial Sites are considered project ready&#151;where the typical impediments to development have been identified and resolved and building can begin within 180 days of a development decision. Issues related to environmental clearances, zoning, utilities and transportation are addressed by the appropriate state, local and tribal agencies prior to confirmation of the site's readiness to be developed. All certified sites are reviewed by an independent certifier for adherence to the program's strict guidelines.</p><p>"Certified industrial sites are attractive to site selectors and developers because they provide more certainty to the development process," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon, which manages the program. "These sites are an exciting addition to Oregon's certified industrial lands. These sites represent a great job creation opportunity for industry."</p><p>Certification is a cornerstone of the state's industrial development strategy. Many of Oregon's highest profile business relocations and expansions have occurred on certified sites, including the 2011 Subaru announcement in Portland's Rivergate District; Genentech in Hillsboro; Facebook in Prineville; Google in The Dalles; Sanyo Solar in Salem; as well as large distribution centers for Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement in Salem and Lebanon, respectively.</p><p>"An abundance of competitively-priced industrial land offers many options for relocating and expanding businesses," said Jason Carr, Manager of Prineville Economic Development. "The community already offers fiber and broadband capacity not seen in most rural communities, and boasts transportation services through the airport and railroad freight depot."</p><p>The state's Certified Industrial Site program began in 2003 as a result of an executive order by Governor Ted Kulongoski. The program was developed in response to concerns that Oregon needs to have more ready to go industrial land in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace.</p><h3>Additional information on the three new certified sites:</h3><p><B>Prineville:</b><BR>The 81-acre Tom McCall Industrial Park, Phase II is comprised of a pair of industrially zoned parcels owned by industrial park developer Freund/Spencer Investment Group, LLC, and Investor/Developer TYM-USA, Inc. The site is located on the eastern end of the Business Park which also is home to the 125-acre Facebook facility. The Facebook site was certified in 2005 and is the future home of a multi-building data center campus that represent more than $300 million in investment.</p><p>For additional information about the certified site in the Tom McCall Business Park contact <a href="mailto:louie@louiehoffman.com">Louie Hoffman</a> of Steve Scott Realtors or call 541-388-1771</p><p><B>The Dalles:</b><BR>The 101 acres certified in The Dalles is a former federal Superfund site that was delisted in 1996, the extensive environmental and clean-up work has returned this site to productive reuse as one of the largest brownfield redevelopment projects in the US. To make the site shovel-ready, about 29 buildings totaling more than 3 million square feet were deconstructed. Fifty-four thousand tons of concrete were crushed and backfilled on site, keeping significant amounts of concrete out of landfills. The demolition also produced 65,000 tons of recycled material. According to Galen May, Golden Northwest's Project Manager and former Environmental Manager at the smelter, the goal of renovating the site was "to create the same or better job opportunities that were provided by the smelter." May anticipates between 400 and 1,000 direct jobs from the renovation project.</p><p>For additional information about the certified site in The Dalles, call <a href="mailto:dcm@aterwynne.com">Doug MacCourt</a> of Ater Wynne LLP or call 503-226-8672 or Mr. Galen May, Project Manager, 541-993-4941.</p><p><B>Ontario:</b><BR>The 75-acre Wada Industrial Site is the first certified site in Ontario, Oregon, and the first certified site in Malheur County. The site is owned by the Wada family trust and is certified for general manufacturing and warehousing uses. The site is less than two miles from Interstate 84 and also benefits from being across from the Ontario Municipal Airport. The site was annexed into the city and zoned as an industrial business park in 2009. The certified site should help raise the profile of Ontario as an industrial location. Ontario's location near the Idaho border and its direct access to Interstate 84 make it an excellent site for multi-state distribution and other like facilities.</p><p>For additional information from the owner of the site contact <a href="mailto:mwada@fwwlaw.com">Mark Wada</a>, Trustee, 503-228-6044. Additional contact: <a href="mailto:jim.jensen@malheurco.org">Jim Jensen</a>, Malheur County, 541-881-0327.</p><p><BR><B>For additional information about industrial site certification,</b> please contact Business Oregon's <a href="mailto:Michael.williams@state.or.us">Michael Williams</a> at 503-986-0141.</p> January 12, 2011 <h1>Jefferson State Forest Products Announces Grants Pass Relocation</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=52 <p>Grants Pass, OR&#151;Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc., (SOREDI) and Business Oregon are pleased to announce that Jefferson State Forest Products of Hayfork, California, is relocating to Grants Pass. Jefferson State Forest Products is one of several subsidiaries of Upstream 21, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The company will co-locate with Roguewood Furniture (formerly Bentwood Furniture) in Grants Pass, another Upstream 21 subsidiary, and create 15 new local jobs. The relocation process is expected to begin immediately and be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2011.</p><p>SOREDI Business Development Manager Colleen Padilla states that "this is yet another effective collaboration of agencies to bring new business to Southern Oregon that create jobs. Special thanks are due to Business Oregon, Josephine County and the city of Grants Pass for their critical investment in this recruitment project."</p><p>Upstream 21's mission is to create a family of businesses by acquiring them and operating them as wholly-owned subsidiaries, sharing principles and business practices designed to improve their performance as companies and as members of their communities. Jefferson State Forest Products manufactures a variety of wood products, such as produce bins and store displays from responsibly managed forests and purchases most of their raw materials from small independent sawmills that produce lower volumes of lumber harvested from private lands.</p><p>According to Upstream 21 CEO Bryan Gooch Redd, Jefferson State Forest Products and Roguewood Furniture are not being merged and will continue to be separate companies with their own respective employees and operations. This relocation is driven by the unique opportunity for these two companies to collaborate for continuous improvement to design and manufacture even higher quality products at lower costs to their customers, thereby strengthening both companies and their competitiveness in their respective markets.</p><p>SOREDI, in close collaboration with Business Oregon, responded to the recruitment project in mid-December with a proposal outlining lower operational costs in Southern Oregon such as highly competitive workers' compensation and offering an incentive package with components from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund, Josephine County and the city of Grants Pass. Financial incentives offered from each of the agencies are based on new job creation and the retention of those jobs over a period of time.</p><p>Business Oregon Executive Director Tim McCabe states "We are excited about Jefferson State Forest Products' decision to relocate its operations to Grants Pass. These 15 new jobs, along with the recent reopening of the plywood mill in Rogue River by Murphy Co. and Brammo's continued success in Ashland, clearly demonstrate the growing strength of southern Oregon's economy."</p><p>Jefferson State Forest Products also may qualify for financial incentives created through the Business Oregon BOOST program if the positions are filled by persons who have been previously unemployed for at least 60 days, and the average wage level is at least 85 percent of that of similar industry wages in the area. The Building Opportunities for Oregon Small Business Today (BOOST) program was created earlier this year through HB 3698 to promote access to working capital that result in immediate job growth and job retention through the making of loans and awarding of grants to traded sector small business in Oregon. Eligible companies may receive up to $50,000 in grant funding.</p><p>In addition, Grants Pass is located in the recently consolidated Rogue Enterprise Zone which provides property tax abatement for new capital investments within the zone when at least 10 percent new employment is added. Upstream 21 plans significant capital investments in Grants Pass, including machinery, equipment, process improvements and continuous employee training. Jefferson State Forest Products also has applied for the Oregon Investment Advantage program which could qualify the company for 10 years of corporate income tax exemption on profits earned above the corporate minimum tax.</p> December 23, 2010 <h1>Oregon Company Wins Awards as Best Clean Tech Company in U.S.</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=51 <p>SALEM&#151;Beaverton-based Puralytics, Inc., has been named the best clean technology company in the U.S. at the annual Cleantech Open awards held last night in San Jose, California.</p><p>The state of Oregon, through the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), provided $225,000 in financial backing to the company earlier this year. The four-year-old company's Shield 500, a desktop computer-sized purification device with the capacity to purify 500 gallons of water a day utilizes a process called photocatalytics purification that uses ultraviolet rays.</p><p>"This is further proof of the importance of funding innovative Oregon startup companies by supporting our state's premiere research institutions," said Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, who proposed creation of the Oregon Innovation Council in 2005. "Oregon InC's continued ability to back Oregon companies to help them create jobs will be a critical element in our state's ability to compete and win in the global economy."</p><p>The Oregon Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) awarded Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Puralytics a $225,000 grant earlier this year to improve and commercialize the water purification technology. It is estimated that the worldwide market for water purification technologies like Puralytics is valued at more than $1 billion, with about $400 million in the United States alone. The development of water purification technology was a major focus for Governor Kulongoski on his recent trade mission to Israel.</p><p>"ONAMI has been very pleased with the technical progress made by Puralytics and OHSU on our gap fund project to advance Puralytics' unique and breakthrough technology for the critical water sector," said Robert D. "Skip" Rung, ONAMI's president and executive director, who accompanied Governor Kulongoski on the Israeli trade mission. "We couldn't agree more with the Cleantech Open's selection of Puralytics as its 2010 winner, and we continue to predict great success for this outstanding company."</p><p>ONAMI was created to cultivate research and commercialization as a means to advance the leading economic sector in Oregon, and expand the benefits of technology innovation to traditional and natural resource industries. Its commercialization program is designed to bring Oregon technologies to the marketplace and support the companies behind them.</p><p>"We focus on the critical early stages of technology commercialization where a gap between research and product often leaves potentially successful enterprises in the so-called 'valley of death,'" said Rung. "We work with university researchers in Oregon, technology transfer offices, aspiring entrepreneurs and development partners to determine the success factors, both technical and business oriented, which lead to commercialization."</p><p>Since its inception, the Gap Program has provided $2 million in grants to grow micro- and nano-based businesses in Oregon, and brought nearly $15 million in related investments and grants into our portfolio companies.</p><p>Sources: Skip Rung, (ONAMI) 541-231-4883; Mark Owens, CEO, Puralytics 503-819-0901; Jay Lindquist, ONAMI Gap Fund, 503-522-7031</p> November 18, 2010 <h1>Media Advisory: U.S. Asst. Secretary of Commerce to discuss new ideas for technology, commercialization and entrepreneurship at PSU on Tuesday (Nov. 9)</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=50 <p>U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fernandez will visit Portland State University (PSU) on Tuesday, November 9 to award the i6Challenge Grant and lead a discussion on identifying the nation's best ideas for technology, commercialization and entrepreneurship.</p><p>Oregon has been named one of six regional winners of the i6 Challenge, whose $1 million prize will be shared by Oregon's three Signature Research Centers (SRCs), which were created by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and the Oregon Legislature to spur economic development by turning university-based research into new products, companies and jobs.</p><p>The SRCs&#151;The Oregon Translational Research & Drug Development Institute (OTRADI); the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) and the Oregon Nanoscience & Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)&#151;will use the grant to develop mentoring and business assistance resources for innovators and startup companies; increase commercialization investments; provide internships and residencies to students and faculty researchers; attract new investment capital to Oregon, and create an independent venture-backed bioscience accelerator program.</p><p>Additional funding could potentially follow when the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation award a regional total of up to $1 million in supplemental funding to their Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grantees that are associated or partnered with the winning teams.</p><p>With the grant money, the three SRCs will each launch entrepreneur-in-residence programs, teaming experienced business professionals in their technological areas with new entrepreneurs in settings to identify and speed commercialization. The funding also will expand gap funding programs that support early private-public ventures, and mentor students to be well prepared to work in and launch entrepreneurial ventures.</p><p>A total of six i6 Challenge Grants were awarded to six different EDA districts in the United States. Oregon is part of the Seattle Region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, the Rep. of Marshall Islands and the Rep. of Palau. More information on the i6 Challenge program is available at <a href="http://www.eda.gov/i6" target=_blank> www.eda.gov/i6</a>.</p><p>The visit will take place at the College of Urban and Public Affairs, Room 710, Meyer Memorial Board Room, 506 SW Mill, Portland, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 8:30 am.</p><p>Sources: Dr. Patricia Beckmann (OTRADI) 503-706-1590; David Kenney (Oregon BEST) 503-725-9849</p> November 8, 2010 <h1>Oregon honored for leadership in electric vehicles</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=49 <p><a href="http://archivedwebsites.sos.state.or.us/Governor_Kulongoski_2011/governor.oregon.gov/Gov/P2010/press_110110a.shtml" target=_blank>Oregon is first state</a> to receive international industry recognition.</p> November 1, 2010 <h1>Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe Embarks on Asia Trade Mission</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=48 <p>SALEM&#151;Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon, will lead a trade mission of nine Oregon companies to exhibit at Eco Expo Asia in Hong Kong November 3-6. McCabe also will use the trip to build on the successful groundwork laid by Gov. Ted Kulongoski's May 2010 Asia trade mission with visits planned to Korea, Hong Kong and China.</p><p>McCabe said Eco Expo Asia is an ideal platform for Oregon's green manufacturers, services and suppliers wanting to establish a foothold in expanding Asian eco markets. The Hong Kong show will focus on business solutions to climate change. It will feature companies specializing in air quality, energy efficiency, green buildings, waste and recycling, and eco-friendly products.</p><p>The Oregon firms joining McCabe on the trip include SSI Shredding Systems, Met One Instruments, West Salem Machinery, Green Touch Design, Baysinger Partners, Oswego Design and Remodeling, Green Technology Solutions, Porteon Electric Vehicle and Apex Drive.</p><p>"This is a great chance for existing Oregon companies to seize upon the tremendous potential clean tech related opportunities growing in Asia," McCabe said. "Oregon companies are well positioned to tap into these fast-growing markets to create jobs for Oregonians."</p><p>The trade mission to Eco Expo Asia is partially funded by a grant from the Green Export Enabler Program (GEEP), a Market Development Cooperative Program (MDCP), which is a federal grant that assists U.S. small- and medium-sized companies with export opportunities. After Eco Expo Asia, some Oregon companies will continue on to Manila and Bangkok, Thailand to make additional business contacts.</p><p>In addition to the Hong Kong show, McCabe also will attend the 25th Electric Vehicle Symposium in Shenzhen, China, sponsored by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) upon behalf of Gov. Kulongoski.</p><p>McCabe will begin the trade mission with a visit to Korea where he will call on leading South Korean renewable energy technology companies. McCabe will meet with leading companies in advanced energy storage, advanced LED lighting technology and scale wind turbine component supply in line with Business Oregon's ongoing efforts to establish supply chain connections with Oregon companies.</p> October 28, 2010 <h1>Business Oregon and MEMC Announce Plans to Expand Portland Solar Materials Manufacturing Plant at Solar Power International 2010</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=47 <p>LOS ANGELES&#151;The Oregon Business Development Department ("Business Oregon") and officials from MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (NYSE: WFR), a global leader in the manufacture and sale of wafers and related products to the semiconductor and solar industries, today announced the expansion of MEMC's Portland, Oregon, solar manufacturing facility. The facility was obtained through MEMC's recent acquisition of Solaicx.</p><p>MEMC's Portland facility has developed proprietary continuous crystal growth manufacturing technology which yields low-cost, high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon wafers for the photovoltaic solar industry. This technology allows for very high-volume crystal growth compared to the silicon ingots produced in the traditional precision semiconductor manufacturing process.</p><p>The company estimates that the Oregon plant will ramp up from about 60 megawatts (MW) in annual production capacity at the time of acquisition, to approximately 300 MW of capacity in 2011. The Oregon plant is expected to employ approximately 130 full time employees after the capacity ramp.</p><p>"This is great news for Oregon and for our growing solar industry," said Tim McCabe, the director of Business Oregon, who attended the Solar Power International show along with the MEMC officials. "Market leaders such as MEMC are a critical piece of our plans to grow Oregon's solar industry. Oregon is committed to shortening the supply chain, driving costs down and growing demand for solar power."</p><p>MEMC officials recognize the key role of Oregon's early stage investment in Solaicx that supported the technology development and workforce growth during its start up phase.</p><p>"We look forward to working with Oregon in the coming months as we become part of their expanding solar manufacturing community," said Ken Hannah, President of MEMC Solar Materials.</p><p>MEMC's Oregon facility qualified for the state of Oregon's solar manufacturing and business growth incentives in 2007. Business Oregon worked to recruit the original Solaicx facility to Portland touting the fast-growing solar manufacturing cluster, now the largest in North America, emerging in the state. Oregon has one of the most effective solar manufacturing incentive packages in the U.S. and is in the top ten in overall renewable investments. Support from state government played a critical role in MEMC's decision to expand its operation in Oregon.</p><p><B>Forward-Looking Statements</b><BR>Certain matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements, including the estimation that the Oregon plant will ramp up from about 60 megawatts (MW) in annual capacity at the time of acquisition, to approximately 300 MW of capacity in 2011; and that the Oregon plant is expected to employ approximately 130 full time employees after the capacity ramp. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include unforeseen delays or difficulties in the ramp-up; the timely availability of required approvals; and other risks described in MEMC's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K for the 2009 fiscal year and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the first and second quarters of 2010. These forward-looking statements represent MEMC's judgment as of the date of this release. MEMC disclaims, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.</p> October 15, 2010 <h1>Eaton Taps Wilsonville, Oregon, as Key Site for Electric Vehicle DC Quick Charger</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=46 <p><a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101013006234/en/Eaton-Taps-Wilsonville-Oregon-Key-Site-Electric" target=_blank>Read the release from the Business Wire</a></p> October 13, 2010 <h1>State Recognizes Eight Projects for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=45 <p>SALEM&#151;Oregon Main Street announced its 2010 "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" award winners today at the annual Oregon Main Street Conference in Albany, Oregon. First Lady Mary Oberst and Gary Van Huffel, Business Development Manager, Business Oregon were co-presenters of the awards.</p><p style="margin-bottom:3px;">The eight projects honored are:</p><p style="margin-top:0px;"><B>Outstanding Achievement in Promotion</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><li>Downtown Corvallis Association for their "Rhapsody in the Vineyard" special event<li>Albany Downtown Association for their "Unwrapping Downtown" retail promotion</ul></p><p style="margin-top:0px;"><b>Best Economic Restructuring Story</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><li>Downtown Dental in downtown Corvallis</ul></p><p style="margin-top:0px;"><b>Outstanding Achievement in Design</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><li>Hillsboro's Venetian Theatre & Bistro building renovation project completed by Denzil Scheller<li>Rosemary and Larry Abell for the interior renovation of the Pythian Castle for Earth and Vine in Baker City</ul></p><p style="margin-top:0px;"><B>Outstanding Organizational Project</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><li>Amity Downtown Improvement Group's "Appetizers for Improvement" fundraiser</ul></p><p style="margin-top:0px;"><B>Outstanding Public Partner</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><li>City of Roseburg for their downtown Upper-Floor Redesign Project</ul></p><p style="margin-top:0px;"><B>Innovation Award</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><li>Main Street Oregon City for their "Blue Collar Creative" business recruitment campaign</ul></p><p style="margin-bottom:3px;">In addition, awards were given to the following individuals for their outstanding contributions to their communities:</p><p style="margin-top:0px;"><B>Volunteer of the Year</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><LI>Laura Rambo for her contributions to the Main Street Oregon City program<li>Certificates of Appreciation also were presented to John Coleman for his contributions to the Downtown Corvallis Association and to Connie Lanham for her contributions to the Albany Downtown Association</ul></p><p><B>Main Street Manager of the Year</b><ul style="margin-top:0px;"><li>Ann Mehaffy, Executive Director, Historic Baker City</ul></p><p>"These award winners represent the creativity and hard work taking place across the state to strengthen our downtown communities," said Sheri Stuart, coordinator, Oregon Main Street. "We are pleased to recognize them for their dedication and commitment to creating vibrant communities and growing Oregon's economy."</p><p>The first annual awards presentation were a highlight of the Oregon Main Street Conference, a popular annual conference that brings together people with an interest in downtown revitalization. Albany hosted this year's event, which included sessions on small business success during challenging times, attracting customers, comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts for small communities, cultural and heritage tourism, fundamentals of building design and renovation, energy efficiency, developing a comprehensive fundraising strategy, and attracting and keeping volunteers.</p><p><B>Local contacts:</b><BR>Oscar Hult, Albany Downtown Association, 541-928-2469<BR>Ann Mehaffy, Historic Baker City, 541-523-5442<BR>Joan Wessell, Downtown Corvallis Association, 541-754-6624<BR>Lloyd Purdy, Main Street Oregon City, 503-522-1564<BR>Brian Davis, City of Roseburg, 541-440-1177<BR>Karla Antonini, City of Hillsboro, 503-681-6181<BR>Eve Silverman, Amity Downtown Improvement Group, 503-835-0374</p> October 7, 2010 <h1>OPB's Steven Bass to open Oregon Telecommunications Conference</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=43 <p>Hood River, OR&#151;"Oregon Telecom: The New Age of Broadband," is the theme of the 15th annual Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 21st and 22nd, at the Hood River Inn and Conference Center in Hood River.</p><p>The Keynote Speaker will be Steven Bass, President and CEO of Oregon Public Broadcasting who also serves as a member of the board of directors of National Public Radio. The conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about telecommunications. The 2010 conference will explore the importance and value of broadband telecommunications for business, government, education, healthcare, communities and individuals, and the renewed priority interest in broadband funding, technologies and applications. The conference also will honor individuals and organizations that have positively impacted telecommunications development in Oregon.</p><p>Conference information and on-line registration are available at <a href=" http://www.oregonconnections.info" target=_blank>www.oregonconnections.info</a>.</p><p>Sponsors include LS Networks, Integra Telecom, CoastCom, Charter Business, Association of Oregon Counties, Rio Networks, Comspan, North Sky Communications, Oregon Health Network, CenturyLink, CACHE, Polycom, Business Oregon, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, the City of Eugene, Q-Life Network, Juniper Networks, the Northwest Access Exchange and Cisco.</p> October 6, 2010 <h1>Oregon Main Street Selects New "Transforming Downtown" Participants</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=44 <p>Salem, Oregon&#151;Oregon Main Street is pleased to announce the cities of Astoria, Canby, Cottage Grove, Springfield and The Dalles have been selected for inclusion in the Transforming Downtown Program.</p><p>The "Transforming Downtown" level is the middle level of support and services available through the Oregon Main Street network. The network also includes "Performing Main Street" and "Exploring Downtown" levels of participation.</p><p>Communities selected to participate at the Transforming Downtown level of the Oregon Main Street program will receive technical assistance to help build a strong organizational foundation to sustain a long-term revitalization efforts. While Transforming Downtown level towns are not Main Street&#174; certified, participation at this level will increase a community's readiness to advance to the Main Street level of the program.</p><p>The effort is modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street methodology, which has been used in more than 2,200 communities nationwide to recapture business interest and vitality in downtown areas.</p><p>Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street coordinator, said she has seen increased interest in revitalizing traditional downtowns. This renewed interest may be related to the economic downturn, but also is a result of a growing awareness of the importance of local heritage in contributing to economic development efforts and a desire for livable and vibrant communities.</p><p>Currently, there are 70 cities and communities in Oregon participating in one of the three levels coordinated by Oregon Main Street. Communities are eligible to participate in regional training workshops and also receive assistance in starting, organizing and planning their local program. Technical assistance from Oregon Main Street includes historic surveys, community assessments, resource team visits, market analysis and architectural design.</p><p>Communities as small as Mitchell (pop. 100) or as large as Salem (pop. 150,000) are using this assistance in this current economy to support and strengthen their existing downtown businesses.</p><p>Contact <a href="mailto:sheri.stuart@state.or.us">Sheri Stuart</a>, Oregon Main Street Coordinator at 503-986-0679 for additional information or visit the <a href=" http://www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Business-services/Main-Street/" target=_blank>Main Street Web page</a>.</p> October 6, 2010 <h1>Oregon Wins National Competition to Bring New Technologies to Market Faster</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=42 <p>Oregon has been named one of six winners of the i6 Challenge, a new $12 million competition by the federal government to identify the nation's best ideas for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.</p><p>The $1 million award, announced Thursday in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, will be shared by Oregon's three Signature Research Centers (SRCs), which were created by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and the Oregon Legislature to spur economic development by turning university-based research into new products, companies and jobs.</p><p>The SRCs&#151;the Oregon Translational Research & Drug Development Institute (OTRADI); the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) and the Oregon Nanoscience & Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)&#151;will use the grant to develop mentoring and business assistance resources for innovators and startup companies; increase commercialization investments; provide internships and residencies to students and faculty researchers; attract new investment capital to Oregon, and create an independent venture-backed bioscience accelerator program.</p><p>"This national award validates our innovative approach to economic development here in Oregon, bringing industry and university researchers together in targeted sectors to collaboratively commercialize new products and technologies&#151;which translates into new jobs," said Gov. Kulongoski.</p><p>Additional funding could potentially follow shortly when the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation award a total of up to $6 million in supplemental funding to their Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grantees that are associated or partnered with the winning teams.</p><p>"The state's investment in its Signature Research Centers continues to pay real dividends," said Tim McCabe, director of the Oregon Business Development Department. "This grant will give us more tools to help businesses and entrepreneurs create the jobs that will help Oregon grow out of this recession with a stronger and more diverse economy."</p><p>ONAMI, OTRADI and Oregon BEST are all initiatives of the Oregon Innovation Council, which was created in 2005 to bring together the private sector, the state's four research universities and government to spur an innovation-based economy. The SRCs foster collaboration among hundreds of university researchers and provide support to a statewide network of shared-user R&D labs in green building and renewable energy; nanoscience and microtechnology, and biomedical applications and new drug development.</p><p>With the grant money, the three SRCs will each launch entrepreneur-in-residence programs, teaming experienced business professionals in their technological areas with new entrepreneurs in settings to identify and speed commercialization. The funding will also expand gap funding programs that support early private-public ventures, and mentor students to be well prepared to work in and launch entrepreneurial ventures.</p><p>"All three signature research centers created by the state offer Oregon businesses and researchers a unique suite of tools, and it's wonderful to collectively receive national recognition for our innovative programs and approach to job creation," said David Kenney, president and executive director of Oregon BEST.</p><p>OTRADI will use some of the funding to develop the Oregon Bioscience Accelerator & Entrepreneur Center, an independent, venture-backed bioscience incubator focused on biomedical commercialization, including financing and managing earliest stage startup companies.</p><p>"While the three SRC's are focused on three different sectors, there are fundamental entrepreneurship aspects&#151;outreach, finance, business expertise, etc.&#151;that apply across the board, so we're focusing on those aspects to fuel job creation," said Dr. Patricia Beckmann, president and executive director of OTRADI.</p><p>"This grant is clear recognition at the national level that what we're doing in Oregon&#151;tapping our intellectual capital and teaming the business community with academia to launch startups and help existing companies&#151;is working well," said Skip Rung, president and executive director of ONAMI.</p><p>The six i6 Challenge Grants were awarded to six different EDA districts in the United States. Oregon is part of the Seattle Region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, the Rep. of Marshall Islands and the Rep. of Palau. More information on the <a href="http://www.eda.gov/i6" target=_blank>i6 Challenge program</a>.</p> September 23, 2010 <h1>New business arrival makes a splash at Olympic Mills</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=41 <p><a href="http://www.pdc.us/new/releases/2010/news-release-2010-09-17.asp" target=_blank>News release from PDC</a></p> September 17, 2010 <h1>Applications for the Governor's 2010 Oregon Sustainability Awards Now Being Accepted</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=40 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;Applications for the 2010 Oregon Sustainability Awards are now being accepted by Business Oregon on behalf of the Governor and the Oregon Sustainability Board.</p><p>Oregonians have always put great value on the long-term health of the environment in which they live, work and play, and therefore take the long view when making investments in economic development. Sustainability is an integrated concept in the strategic planning of most Oregon organizations and companies, but some are truly moving to the head of the pack. Governor Ted Kulongoski created the Sustainability Awards to recognize those outstanding efforts.</p><p>The Oregon Sustainability Awards are intended to promote and advance the inclusion of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. Any private, public or non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards will be given based on merit, but organizations may be grouped by size and/or type in order to make comparing applicants more efficient and appropriate.</p><p>Winners must show a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. They will be innovators in their fields and show that becoming more sustainable is not in conflict with achieving the organization's core mission, whatever that may be. The Awards broadly defines sustainable practices as those that strive to optimize an organization's financial, environmental and social performance.</p><p>Last year's winners were Harry and David, Truitt Brothers, Duro-Last Roofing, Gingerich Farms, Washington County (Clean Water Services), the Gladstone School District and TEAM Klamath.</p><p>More information and a downloadable application is available on the Business Oregon <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Sustainability/">Web site</a>. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Applicants should expect a response approximately two months after the deadline.</p><p>For additional information, please contact Business Oregon's <a href="mailto:mark.brady@state.or.us">Mark Brady</a> at 503-229-5223.</p> September 7, 2010 <h1>Diamond Foods Announces $8 Million Kettle Chips Plant Expansion in Salem, Oregon</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=39 <p>Expansion will generate 12 percent increase in production workforce and 25 percent increase in capacity<BR><BR><a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=189398&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=1460256" target=_blank>Diamond Foods Release</a></p> August 16, 2010 <h1>U.S. Commerce Secretary Selects Business Oregon Commissioner Chandra Brown to Serve on National Manufacturing Council</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=38 <p>SALEM&#151;Oregon business leader Chandra Brown, the President of United Streetcar, LLC, of Clackamas and an Oregon Business Development Commissioner, today was named a member of the national Manufacturing Council by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.</p><p>Brown, who also serves as a Vice President at Oregon Iron Works, Inc. (OIW), the parent company of United Streetcar, is responsible for overall business development and marketing activities. She also is the primary point of contact for government policy and contract matters and she leads marketing efforts on behalf of OIW in the Pacific Northwest and Washington, D.C. Brown was one of two Oregonians to attend President Obama's Job Summit last December.</p><p>Secretary Locke named Brown as one of 24 members of the Manufacturing Council at a ceremony this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Locke was joined by members of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus, including Sens. Debbie Stabenow (MI), Sherrod Brown (OH), Jeff Merkley (OR) and Tom Udall (NM).</p><p>The Manufacturing Council is comprised of two dozen private sector executives representing a balance of U.S. manufacturing industry sectors, geographic locations and business size. The council advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to manufacturing sector competitiveness and government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturers.</p><p>"It is an honor to serve on the U.S. Manufacturing Council," said Brown. "The Pacific Northwest has a long history of excellence in manufacturing. I am proud to be able to assist this region and the United States as a whole in helping further develop the manufacturing sector and the jobs it creates."</p><p>United Streetcar, LLC, is the first U.S. manufacturer of streetcars in 58 years. The company is already working on orders for 13 streetcars for Portland and Tucson and it is working to secure more work from Seattle and Washington, D.C. Brown said more than 150 jobs may one day be created to build the streetcars at United's Clackamas plant. In addition, the majority of the streetcar supply chain is already in Oregon (including such local firms as Miles Fiberglass, Maranatha Electrical Construction Company, Fastenal, NW Rail Electric and Service Steel) and 70 percent of the streetcar consists of U.S.-made components.</p><p>Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Brown to serve on the Oregon Business Development Commission in February of this year. Brown chairs the board of directors of the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC), which is a nonprofit focused on the advancement of defense industry-related work in the region. She also is a founding member and on the board of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), a nonprofit with the goal of promoting the emerging wave energy industry to create jobs and opportunity in Oregon.</p><p>"Chandra Brown will make an excellent addition to the Manufacturing Council," said Governor Kulongoski. "Her expertise in manufacturing and business development will serve the council well and will further highlight all of the great business opportunities being created here in Oregon."</p><p>The Manufacturing Council was created to ensure regular communication between the Federal Government and the manufacturing sector, as well as to foster collaboration across all U.S. industry sectors to promote new ideas for continuously improving manufacturing competitiveness. The council also works to ensure that the U.S. remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world.</p><p>"Chandra Brown's appointment is good news for all Oregon businesses," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon. "There is no better advocate for Oregon and its vibrant manufacturing sector. Now, Oregon's attractive business profile will be raised to an even higher level before business leaders from across the U.S."</p> August 5, 2010 <h1>BOOST awards grants to two Oregon companies; 30 new jobs created</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=37 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon today finalized the first BOOST grants to two Oregon businesses resulting in the creation of 30 new jobs at the firms.</p><p>Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) officials gave final approval to a $50,000 grant to Miles Fiberglass & Composites, of Clackamas County to create 20 new jobs and a $25,000 grant to Lieb Foods, LLC, of Forest Grove to create 10 positions.</p><p>"Business Oregon's top priority is to help existing Oregon companies create and retain jobs for Oregonians," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We have had a good response thus far to the new BOOST program, and I want to encourage Oregon businesses to visit our Web site or speak to a member of our team to find out how we can help grow your business."</p><p>Business Oregon officially launched BOOST&#151;Building Opportunities for Oregon Small Business Today Fund&#151;on June 1 to offer more financial resources to help Oregon small businesses access much needed capital. The Oregon State Legislature created BOOST earlier this year when it passed House Bill 3698 sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Mary Nolan of Portland. Interest in the program increased in July and Business Oregon has now received six loan applications totaling $500,000 as well as six grant requests, which if approved, will create 80 new jobs in the state.</p><p>"Since BOOST started, we've seen interest from small businesses in Oregon increase steadily, and results are already evident," said Nolan. "We don't intend for the public sector to be the primary issuer of credit to small businesses, but when banks are ignoring decent businesses, BOOST is exactly the right fix."</p><p>The program is designed to promote better access to working capital that results in immediate job growth and job retention. Business Oregon will provide small businesses both loans&#151;for businesses seeking permanent working capital and grants&#151;for businesses that can create new, permanent full-time jobs here in Oregon&#151;under BOOST.</p><p>"We will be qualifying for this program by hiring a total of 20 people for the expansion of our Ice Energy product line, the United Streetcar component parts and Wind Turbine Field Service Repair Technicians division," said Lori Luchak, the President of Miles Fiberglass & Composites. "The BOOST grant allows us to continue to hire more people as we ramp up in each of these areas."</p><p>Miles Fiberglass, located in Happy Valley, produces composite and fiberglass products using a variety of techniques. Recently, the company, which employs about 75 workers, broadened its products into the renewable energy sector to include various wind industry components as well as well as providing contract repair service technicians. Some component parts that the company has the capability of producing include nacelles, blades and blade caddies.</p><p>Located in Forest Grove, Lieb Foods is a leading contract package manufacturer of high quality jams, sauces, and bottled teas and juices. The company employs about 60 people and its facility is USDA certified Organic. The BOOST grant of $25,000 will help defray the costs of creating 10 new jobs at the company's Oregon facility.</p><p><strong>What Is BOOST?</strong><BR>The <a href=" http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-financing-resources/Oregon-Finance-Programs/BOOST-Fund/">BOOST loan program</a> is a revolving loan fund that provides up to $150,000 in fixed-rate financing for up to four years for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees in need of operating capital. Loan proceeds may be used to support daily operations such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, marketing expenses and certain fixed assets including equipment. Participants must be a traded-sector business in manufacturing, processing or distribution. Loans must be secured with collateral.</p><p>The <a href=" http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-financing-resources/Oregon-Finance-Programs/BOOST-Fund/">BOOST grant program</a> will award grants as an incentive to Oregon businesses that create new, full-time jobs in Oregon. Businesses with 100 or fewer employees, must create and retain new full-time jobs for a period of at least six months, must be a traded-sector business in manufacturing, processing or distribution, and must demonstrate that comparable wages are provided to their employees. Up to $2,500 may be awarded to an applicant for each full-time job created and retained with an annual maximum of $50,000 per applicant in a calendar year.</p> August 2, 2010 <h1>Business Oregon Commissioner Junki Yoshida Honored by Japanese Foreign Minister</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=36 <p>SALEM - The Japanese Government recently announced that it had awarded the Foreign Minister's Commendation to Oregon businessman Junki Yoshida. <p>The honor is awarded once a year to individuals and groups worldwide with outstanding contribution to the friendly relationship and mutual understanding between Japan and their countries. <p>Yoshida, 60, is the Chairman and CEO of Yoshida Group and a well-known businessman and philanthropist. He has contributed greatly by nurturing a good relationship between Oregon and Japan in various capacities, such as an advisor to Oregon's top public officials and a Port of Portland commissioner. Yoshida has served on the Oregon Business Development Commission since February 2008. <p> "We are very proud of Junki for receiving this award," said Tim McCabe, director of the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon). "Junki has served Oregon and his community in so many positive ways through his volunteer service and his successful business ventures." <p>Through teaching karate and producing the famed line of Yoshida sauces, he has also promoted Japanese culture and food in the U.S. He is very active in giving lectures both in Japan and in the U.S. about his life story, inspiring many youths and encouraging mutual understanding between the two countries. The award ceremony for Mr. Yoshida will be held later this year. July 22, 2010 <h1>Program Helps Communities Explore Renewable Energy Options</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=35 <p>SALEM&#151;Communities across Oregon will get some help this week in analyzing how renewable energy could be a part of their ongoing community development strategy.</p><p>Business Oregon's Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) has approved eight grants to Oregon communities through the Renewable Energy Feasibility (REF) fund. The funding authority was set up in 2006 under Executive Order by the Governor as a method to assist municipalities in financing renewable energy feasibility studies.</p><p>"As regions throughout the state look to renewable energy as part of their energy portfolio in the future, we wanted to make sure there was a resource to help with the necessary feasibility studies," said Lynn Schoessler, director of the IFA and deputy director of Business Oregon. "This program is a helpful component to the state's clean technology development strategy."</p><p>There has been great interest in the program thus far, Schoessler said. The fund has exhausted its allotted amount&#151;which has ranged from $150,000 to $200,000&#151;each year since its inception in 2006.</p><p>Under the REF rules, a renewable energy feasibility study provides an analytical assessment of the technical and economic viability of an existing or proposed publicly-owned facility or infrastructure project that uses renewable energy resources to generate electricity, heat and/or to manufacture a fuel. Renewable energy resources are defined as water, wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, waste materials or waste fuels.</p><p>REF applicants must clearly demonstrate that proposed feasibility studies encourage energy efficiency and address the cost-effective use of available renewable energy resources.</p><p>Only public entities such as cities, counties, tribes, ports and special districts are eligible to apply. Complete information on the program is available online at <a href="http://www.orinfrastructure.org/Learn-About-Infrastructure-Programs/Interested-in-a-Special-Project/Renewable-energy-feasibility/">www.orinfrastructure.org</a>.</p><p>Communities receiving this latest round of financing include:<BR><BR><B>Recommended for Funding ($158,000):</b><BR><B>Douglas County</b>&#151;Wave Energy Project: $45,000 REF Grant, $15,000 local match, project total $60,000<BR><B>Tillamook County</b>&#151;Tillamook Co Bio-energy Project: $20,000 REF Grant, $70,000 local match, project total $90,000</br><B>Baker County</b>&#151;Boiler Conversion Project: $25,000 REF Grant, $10,000 local match, project total $35,000<BR><b>Tumalo Irrigation District</b>&#151;Columbia So. Lateral Hydro Project: $5,250 REF Grant, $1,750 local match, project total $7,000<BR><b>City of Bandon</b>&#151;Fish Hatchery Hydro Pump Project: $7,500 REF Grant, $2,500 local match, project total $10,000<br><b>Rock Creek District Improvement Company</b>&#151;Rock Creek Hydroelectric Project: $5,250 REF Grant, $1,750 local match, project total $7,000<br><b>Hood River County</b>&#151;CBAB Courthouse Biomass Project: $20,000 REF Grant, $5,000 local match, project total $25,000<br><b>City of Medford</b>&#151;Facilities Solar Feasibility Project: $30,000 REF Grant, $10,000 local match, project total $40,000<br><BR><B>Totals:</b><BR>REF Grant $158,000; total local match $116,000; <b>Total Funds $274,000</b></p> June 30, 2010 <h1>Business Oregon launches program promoting small business capital</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=34 <p>Business Oregon has officially launched the BOOST program&#151;Building Opportunities for Oregon Small Business Today Fund&#151;to offer more financial resources to help Oregon small businesses access much needed capital.</p><p>The Oregon State Legislature created BOOST during its special session earlier this year when it passed House Bill 3698 sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Mary Nolan of Portland. The program, administered by the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon), is designed to promote better access to working capital that results in immediate job growth and job retention. Business Oregon will provide small businesses with both loans for businesses seeking permanent working capital, and grants for businesses that can create new, permanent full-time jobs here in Oregon.</p><p>"Small business owners spoke, and we listened," said Majority Leader Nolan. "We heard time and time again that to create jobs for Oregonians we needed to increase access to working capital for Oregon small businesses. BOOST will help Oregon businesses hire Oregon workers."</p><p>Business Oregon officials began accepting applications for BOOST funding last Friday in conjunction with the end of the 90-day implementation period prescribed in the legislation.</p><p>The BOOST loan program is a revolving loan fund that provides up to $150,000 in fixed-rate financing for up to four years for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees in need of operating capital. Loan proceeds may be used to support daily operations such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, marketing expenses and certain fixed assets including equipment. Participants must be a traded-sector business in manufacturing, processing or distribution. Loans must be secured with collateral.</p><p>The BOOST grant program will award and make grants as an incentive to Oregon businesses that create new, full-time jobs in Oregon. Businesses with 100 or fewer employees must create and retain new full-time jobs for a period of at least 6 months; must be a traded-sector business in manufacturing, processing or distribution; and must demonstrate that comparable wages are provided to their employees. Up to $2,500 may be awarded to an applicant for each full-time job created and retained, with an annual maximum of $50,000 per applicant in a calendar year.</p><p>"Business Oregon's number one priority is to do everything possible to help existing Oregon businesses retain their current workforce and to create new job opportunities for Oregonians," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "With the BOOST program, the Legislature has given us a very important tool we can use to help Oregon small businesses throughout the state."</p><p>For more information on BOOST and the resources available for Oregon businesses has been posted on our <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-financing-resources/Oregon-Finance-Programs/BOOST-Fund/">Web site</a>.</p> June 1, 2010 <h1>Business Oregon releases<i> 2009 Innovation Index</i></h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=33 <p>SALEM&#151;Oregon maintained its "B" average in the latest evaluation of the<i> Innovation Index</i>, a key measure of the state's strengths and weaknesses in creating an innovation-based economy.</p><p>The state scored a 71 in the<i> 2009 Oregon Innovation Index</i>, which was released Monday by the Oregon Business Development Department. That grade is down five points from 2008, but still shows the state continues to perform above average on many of the benchmarks necessary for turning innovative research into new jobs and businesses, including: public-private partnerships for research and development; ready access to capital; statewide entrepreneurial networks, and targeted investments in emerging industries where Oregon has a global competitive advantage.</p><p>The state saw strong performance in the number of new university startups, which attempt to build companies around new research; the number of new patents issued; foreign exports, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and Research and development investments. But those positive indicators were offset with poor performance in the number of federal SBIR/STTR grants, which help new tech companies grow; venture capital Investments; new company creation, and average wage and technology sector employment.</p><p>"This year's index underscores the importance of innovation in state competitiveness and growth at a time when the national economy is recovering from The Great Recession," said Michael Anderson, economist for Business Oregon. "The results highlight the crucial need for Oregon to continue focusing on directed pro-innovation policies through organizations like the Oregon Innovation Council. Policies that support innovation foster job growth in the medium term and development in the long term."</p><p>The report also noted that key to building an innovation-based economy is creating an environment that can support it.</p><p>"That environment includes a strong educational system, from kindergarten through graduate schools; a dynamic workforce that creates new ideas, produces patents and creates marketable technologies; and enterprising businesses that create products and sell them to the world," the report found. "Oregon's innovation-based economy uses people, ideas and businesses to create the economy of the 21st century."</p><p><B>About the Report</b><BR> Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC), a public-private partnership charged with creating an innovation-based economic strategy, identified key factors necessary for a healthy innovation economy. The first<i> Innovation Index</i>, published in 2004, evaluated nine indicators to track Oregon's progress. It was updated and expanded in 2007 to include 20 indicators to ensure that at each stage of the innovation process, the expected outcomes and the environment that leads to innovation were being measured. The<i> 2009 Index</i> continues the framework established two years ago and provides the most recent data for each of the indicators.</p><p><B>The Oregon Innovation Council ("Oregon InC")</b> is a private-public statewide advisory council created by the 2005 Oregon Legislature and charged with developing a biennial public investment plan to stimulate economic development and job growth across the state. The council works in partnership with Business Oregon to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.</p> May 17, 2010 <h1>Business finance experts from around the U.S. to meet in Portland</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=32 <p>PORTLAND&#151;Business Oregon will host the nation's premiere event for hundreds of development finance officials from across the nation beginning today in Portland.</p><p>The 24th annual Development Finance Summit of the Council of Development Finance Agencies is being held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower on May 10-13.</p><p>The summit is the largest annual gathering of leaders and innovators in the development finance industry. Hundreds of finance professionals, who will be welcomed officially on Wednesday by Portland Mayor Sam Adams, from across the nation will explore the latest trends in the development finance industry.</p><p>"We are proud to host the top minds in development business finance and welcome them to Oregon," said Tim McCabe, the director of Business Oregon&#151;the Oregon Business Development Department. "We are looking forward to sharing Oregon's business development success stories and to seizing the opportunity to learn from our colleagues across the nation."</p><p>On Wednesday, McCabe will be joined by Oregon Business Development Commission Chairman Wally Van Valkenburg, who will moderate a panel discussion of the<i> Business Oregon Model</i> of economic development. McCabe and Van Valkenburg will be joined by other top officials from Business Oregon in the discussion of Oregon's economic development strategies, its successes and the challenges that lie ahead.</p> <p>In addition to the Business Oregon-led discussion, this year's program provides opportunities for attendees to address a diverse cross-section of development finance topics. The 2010 Annual Summit will touch on more than 25 different financing concepts, tools, programs, strategies and solutions to the challenges our industry faces. General sessions will provide overarching views of the entire development finance industry while the concurrent tracks will explore numerous finance concepts in-depth.</p><p><B>About CDFA</b><BR>The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing more than 270 public, private and non-profit development entities. To learn more, please visit <a href=" http://www.cdfa.net/">www.cdfa.net/</a>.</p> May 10, 2010 <h1>Governor Kulongoski announces 2009 Oregon Sustainability Award Winners</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=31 <p>Read the Governor's Office <a href="http://archivedwebsites.sos.state.or.us/Governor_Kulongoski_2011/governor.oregon.gov/Gov/P2010/press_041910.shtml">press release</a>.</p> April 19, 2010 <h1>Oregon business leaders testify before U.S. International Trade Commission in Portland</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=30 <p>Portland&#151;State officials today testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Portland today on the challenges facing small- and medium-sized Oregon businesses that export goods and services.<BR><BR>Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe was joined by Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Gregg Borossay, a Senior Manager in Trade & Carrier Development with the Port of Portland.<BR><BR>McCabe told the commissioners that Oregon's exports are a critical part of the state's economy and praised the current administration's efforts to double the nation's exports.<BR><BR>"I want to emphasize the critical importance of international trade and exports to Oregon's economy," said McCabe. "I applaud President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative and his desire to have the Export-Import Bank increase export financing for small- and mid-sized businesses and his proposal that the amount of credit available be increased to $6 billion in the next year."<BR><BR>McCabe said federal officials needed to look for opportunities to help small- and medium-sized businesses through more grants to allow them to market their manufactured goods at trade shows; improved federal-state collaboration in trade promotion programs; priority funding for the Foreign Commercial Service so it may reopen previously closed international offices; and by reducing "visa challenges" around the United States for foreign visitors.<BR><BR>The information gathered at the hearing will be used by the USITC to prepare two reports for the U.S. Trade Representative, the President's cabinet-level trade advisor. The reports will look at the characteristics of small- and medium-sized businesses that export goods and services, the impediments they face and strategies to overcome these constraints, and benefits of increased export opportunities.<BR><BR>The U.S. ITC held two public hearings nationwide, one in St. Louis and today's hearing in Portland.</p> March 12, 2010 <h1>Oregon Business Development Commissioner Steve Emery named Oregon State Small Business Person of the Year</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=29 <p>SALEM&#151;Oregon Business Development Commissioner Steve Emery has been chosen as the 2010 Oregon Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration.<BR><BR> The SBA recognized Emery's achievements as president and CEO of the Culver, Oregon-based <B>Earth2o</b> water company. <B>Earth2o</b> bottles and distributes pure 100% natural spring water, sourced directly from the aquifer that feeds Opal Springs.<BR><BR> "We are very proud of Steve for winning this honor," said Tim McCabe, Director of the Oregon Business Development Department. "Steve has served the state for the last three years as OBD commissioner and brought a critical perspective and good ideas to our efforts to retain and create jobs for Oregonians."<BR><BR> <B>Earth2o</b> is the top selling spring water in the Pacific Northwest and the third largest branded water sold. Emery joined <b>Earth2o</b> in 1999, after serving as Vice President/General Manager for Columbia Distributing in Portland from 1994 to 1998. He has more than 11 years experience in regional and international sales and marketing for wine distributors as well.<bR><BR> "It is an incredible honor for myself and the employees of Earth2o," said Emery. "Like most small businesses in our state, our success hasn't come without its challenges. During this time we have stayed true to our core beliefs of providing a natural product in the most sustainable way possible with strong support for our community. We are fortunate that the Northwest distributors, retailers and consumers share those values which have led to the success of our brand."<BR><BR> Emery served as the past Chairman of the Governor's Small Business Council and acted as the director of two non-profit organizations: The Freshwater Trust and the National Spring Water Association. He was appointed by the Governor to oversee the Oregon Nanotechnology and Microtechnology budget, converting University research into commercial applications.<BR><BR> As an award winner, Emery has been invited to participate in events for National Small Business Week 2010 this May in Washington, D.C.<BR><BR>Earth-pure, Northwest-perfect, <B>Earth2o</b> is 100% natural spring water sourced from a single pristine location in Opal Springs, OR. It is one of the world's best waters by nature: unprocessed, unmanipulated, naturally filtered by thousands of layers of volcanic basalt native to the area. <B>Earth2o</b>'s core company principles of sustainability, responsibility and service to the community turn a respect for nature into exemplary business practices. See more of our story at <a href="http://www.earth20.com/">www.earth20.com</a></p> March 9, 2010 <h1>Business Oregon and Ferrotec announce plans for Portland solar manufacturing plant at PV EXPO 2010 show in Tokyo</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=28 <p>TOKYO&#151;The director of the Oregon Business Development Department, Tim McCabe, and officials from Ferrotec, a world leader in the manufacturing of Single Crystal Si Growing System and Quartz Crucible, today announced the planned opening of the company's new solar crucible manufacturing plant in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.</p><p>The Ferrotec Portland area plant will open in mid-2010 and will producing quartz crucibles to support Oregon's established and rapidly growing solar manufacturing. The company is locating in Birtcher Center at Townsend Way in Fairview, located in the business park certified through the Governor's Industrial Site Certification program in 2004. The company estimates the Oregon plant will employ 30 full time employees after the start up phase. Ferrotec is designing the plant to provide rapid response to the growing Oregon and West Coast solar industry. Quartz crucibles are essential components of the ingot manufacturing process and Oregon has over 425 MW of Crystalline solar manufacturing capacity currently in production with additional capacity scheduled for the near future.</p><p>"This is great news for Oregon and for our growing solar industry," said McCabe, who was attending the third annual Tokyo PV Exposition along with Ferrotec officials. "Market leaders such as Ferrotec are a critical piece of our investment plans to grow Oregon's solar industry. Oregon is committed to shortening the supply chain, driving costs down and growing demand."</p><p>Ferrotec officials said Oregon had beaten out competing states to land the manufacturing facility.</p><p>"After investigating a number of potential locations for establishing a facility in the United States, we selected Oregon for its combination of business opportunities, support structure and incentives necessary to make our investment a success, said Akira Yamamura, president of Ferrotec Corporation. "We look forward to working with Oregon in the coming months as we become part of their expanding solar manufacturing community and make this new facility a reality."</p><p>Ferrotec's Oregon plant qualifies for the state of Oregon's aggressive solar manufacturing and business start up incentives. The state of Oregon has one of the most effective solar manufacturing incentive packages in the U.S. and is in the top ten in overall renewable investments. Ferrotec officials said support from state government played a critical role in the company's decision to locate its operation in Oregon.</p><p><B>About Ferrotec</b><BR> Founded in 1980, Ferrotec Corporation (JASDAQ: 6890 (OTC) is a worldwide leader in the supply of materials, components and precision system solutions for businesses and products. For additional information about Ferrotec products, visit the company's web site at <a href="http://www.ferrotec.co.jp/english/">www.ferrotec.co.jp</a></p> March 2, 2010 <h1>Oregon Senate approves appointment of Chandra Brown and Gregory Semler to Oregon Business Development Commission</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=27 <p>Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe today announced the appointment of two new members to the Oregon Business Development Commission.</p> <p>"I am very excited about the addition of Chandra Brown, of Oregon Iron Works, and Gregory Semler, of Pivotal Investments, to the Oregon Business Development Commission," McCabe said. "These two business leaders will bring expertise and vision to the guidance of Business Oregon's efforts to retain and create jobs for Oregonians."</p> <p>The Oregon Senate formally approved Governor Ted Kulongoski's appointment of Brown and Semler on February 8. Both new commissioners will begin serving at the commission's March 19 meeting in Newport.</p> <p>Brown, whose term will expire in June 2011, has worked for Oregon Iron Works, Inc., for the past 16 years and has held a variety of positions during her tenure with the company. She is currently OIW's Vice President of Special Projects, Marketing & Security, as well as President of United Streetcar; OIW's wholly-owned subsidiary.</p> <p>Brown is responsible for overall administrative, operational and marketing activities for all OIW Special Projects. She also is the primary point of contact for all Congressional Marketing activities and she markets on behalf of OIW in Washington, D.C. In the past several years, she has helped secure more than $40 million dollars in federal appropriations and has assisted in raising OIW's profile to be one of the 10 Overall <i>Most Admired Companies</i> in Oregon as published in the <i>Portland Business Journal</i>.</p> <p>In addition to her work at OIW, she serves on many non-profit boards and does community volunteer work. She is on the board of directors and chairs the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC), which is a non-profit for the advancement of defense work in the region. In 2005 she also was appointed to the Oregon Innovation Council (OR Inc.) by Oregon's Governor, Ted Kulongoski. She is a founding member and on the board of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), a non-profit with the goal of promoting the emerging wave energy industry to create jobs and opportunity in Oregon. She also serves on an arts advocacy board, the Creative Advocacy Network, created in 2008, the Oregon Women MBAs board, and has served on OMSI's gala committee.</p> <p>Semler, whose term will expire in June 2013, is the co-founder of the first clean technology venture fund in the Northwest. Portland, Oregon-based Pivotal Investments is the first venture capital firm in the Northwest focused on delivering superior financial return through investments in companies that will be leaders in the emerging sustainable economy.</p> <p>Prior to founding Pivotal Investments, Semler was a clean technology entrepreneur with more than 20 years of chief executive experience at advanced technology companies. His experience includes successfully financing high-growth companies, executive recruitment, management of product development efforts, acquisitions, strategic alliances, OEM partnerships and direct-to-consumer marketing and distribution.</p> <p>Semler has been operating clean technology companies since 2000, most recently as president and CEO of ClearEdge Power, a Portland, Oregon-based privately financed company creating fuel cells for industrial and residential power applications. Before that, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyFuel, a Silicon Valley company creating fuel cells for portable, and consumer electronics applications.</p> February 25, 2010 <h1>Business Oregon Director responds to Chicago Mayor Daley's recent criticism of Oregon's business climate</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=26 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe has sent a letter to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley in response to his recent criticism of Oregon's business climate:<BR><BR></p> <p>February 5, 2010<BR><BR></p> <p>Dear Honorable Mayor Daley:</p> <p>On behalf of all Oregonians, and in particular state business development officials such as myself, I want to thank you for your recent remarks about Oregon's business climate. We truly appreciate your good sportsmanship and sense of humor when you said the recent vote by Oregonians to raise business and certain income taxes was good news for the Windy City. In fact, you went as far as to vow to visit our state to snag a few unhappy Oregon companies and bring them back to the Land of Lincoln.</p> <p>Let me welcome you by letting you know about a few things you might find upon your arrival. First, in case you have forgotten, we have no sales tax here in Oregon. Second, our property taxes, in particular those on commercial properties, are some of the lowest in the nation. Finally, I am sure you know that the Tax Foundation's recent <i>2010 Business Tax Climate</i> report found Oregon to be the 14th best state in the nation in which to do business. And, yes, that was<i> after</i> our voters passed the tax increases.</p> <p>Before you arrive, perhaps you can verify for me some facts about the business climate in your neck of the woods. Illinois ranks 30th in the same<i> 2010 Business Tax Climate</i> report, correct? You have some of the highest property taxes in the nation (12th) and a state sales tax (6.25%) that ranks as the 10th highest in the nation. Of course, Chicago has the highest sales tax (10.25%) of any major U.S. city and parts of Cook County levy an 11.5% sales tax. Illinois also has the 5th highest unemployment insurance tax in the U.S. I just want to make very sure I have my facts straight when Oregon business leaders ask me about the advantages they will enjoy when they join you in Illinois.</p> <p>We here in Oregon want to thank you for highlighting our state's positive business climate. Did you think Oregon business owners would not realize how much more expensive it would be to operate in Chicago? We are happy to have you draw even more attention to the fact that Oregon is home to more solar manufacturers than any place in North America and was 4th in the nation last year in adding new wind energy capacity.</p> <p>I look forward to meeting you and buying you a tasty Oregon beer during your visit (yes, the Portland metro area has more breweries than any place in the world) and telling you more of the many reasons why Oregon is a great place to live <strong><i>and to do business.</strong></i></p> <p>All the best,<BR> Tim McCabe, Director<BR> Oregon Business Development Department&#151;Business Oregon</p> February 5, 2010 <h1>Facebook Picks Prineville</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=25 <p>Please visit the <a href="http://archivedwebsites.sos.state.or.us/Governor_Kulongoski_2011/governor.oregon.gov/Gov/P2010/press_012110.shtml">Governor's web site</a> to view the press release.</p> January 21, 2010 <h1>Recovery Act grant awards for green jobs training</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=24 <p>Please visit the <a href="http://archivedwebsites.sos.state.or.us/Governor_Kulongoski_2011/governor.oregon.gov/Gov/P2010/press_012010a.shtml">Governor's web site</a> to view the release.</p> January 20, 2010 <h1>Newly formed Oregon Broadband Advisory Council to meet January 28</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=23 <p>(Salem)&#151;The newly created Oregon Broadband Advisory Council is scheduled to meet in Salem on January 28, 2009. The council's mission is to develop and ensure the implementation of statewide broadband strategies with a focus on extending broadband access to underserved populations across Oregon. The council also is charged with reporting to the legislature on the affordability and accessibility of broadband technology in all areas of the state and on the extent of broadband technology use in healthcare, energy management, education and government.</p><p>The council members represent leaders from Oregon's cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government, the Public Utility Commission and the Oregon Legislature.</p><p>The January 28 agenda will include council mission and legislative charge, federal broadband stimulus programs, Oregon broadband initiatives and strategic planning. State Rep. Jefferson Smith will also address the council. The meeting will be held in the State Lands Building at 775 Summer Street NE in Salem.</p><p>The council members appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski are:<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Rich Bader, EasyStreet Online Services<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Ray Baum, Public Utility Commission<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Jonathan Dolan, Oregon State University<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Miles Ellenby, Oregon Health and Science University<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Joe Franell, Eastern Oregon Telecom<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Kathy George, Yamhill County Commission<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Adam Gryzbicki, AT&T<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Jeff Johnson, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Lonny Macy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Dugan Petty. State of Oregon, Chief Information Officer<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Dave Sabala, Douglas Electric Cooperative</p><p>Other council members include State Senator Ted Ferrioli appointed by the President of the Senate and State Representative Tobias Read appointed by the Speaker of the House.</p> January 11, 2010 <h1>Certification of Tribal Industrial Land is a first for the state of Oregon</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=22 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;The 60-acre Coyote Business Park, owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), has become the first certified industrial site located on Tribal Trust land in the state of Oregon, state business development officials announced.</p> <p>The newly certified site, located just east of Pendleton is part of a larger 520-acre parcel located directly off Interstate 84&#151;a strategic location for companies looking to manufacture and distribute products throughout the Pacific Northwest. The site is certified for warehouse distribution, general manufacturing and call center development. The tribally-owned site is the latest example of the successful economic development program at CTUIR. Previously, the Tribes successfully recruited health care and technology firms to the adjacent Coyote Business Park North.</p> <p>"Getting Coyote Business Park certified is recognition that we have an outstanding location and we're ready to do business," said William Tovey, Economic Development Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.</p> <p>The state's Certified Industrial Site program began in 2003 as a result of an executive order by Governor Ted Kulongoski. The program was developed in response to concerns that Oregon needs to have more ready to go industrial land in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace.</p> <p>"Certified industrial sites are attractive to site selectors and developers because they provide more certainty to the development process," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon, which manages the program. "This is an historic and an exciting addition to Oregon's certified industrial lands. It makes a lot of sense to work to expand our mutually beneficial relationship with our nine sovereign Tribes."</p> <p>Certified Industrial Sites are considered project ready&#151;where the typical impediments to development have been identified and resolved and building can begin within 180 days of a development decision. Issues related to environmental clearances, zoning, utilities and transportation are addressed by the appropriate state, local and tribal agencies prior to confirmation of the site's readiness to be developed.</p> <p>For additional information about industrial site certification, please contact Business Oregon's <a href="mailto:michael.williams@state.or.us">Michael Williams</a> at 503-986-0141. For additional information about Coyote Business Park, contact <a href="mailto:lisabreckenridge@ctuir.com">Lisa Breckenridge</a> at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation or call 541-429-7477.</p> January 5, 2010 <h1>Governor awards grant to Novellus Systems for workforce training; company plans to create more than 100 new jobs in Tualatin</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=21 <p>SALEM&#151;State officials today announced Governor Ted Kulongoski's recent award of a grant from the state's Strategic Reserve Fund to Novellus Systems, Inc., intended to help offset workforce training costs associated with the company's announced consolidation of its manufacturing operations in Tualatin.</p> <p>The company's consolidation is expected to result in the creation of more than 100 new jobs at its Tualatin facility. Novellus Systems, Inc., was founded in 1984 in San Jose, California, and is a leading provider of advanced thin film deposition and surface preparation equipment used in fabricating integrated circuits for the global semiconductor industry. The company has maintained a plant in Tualatin since 2000.</p> <p>"This is great news for Oregon and our advanced manufacturing sector," said Governor Kulongoski, in announcing the award. "Technology leaders such as Novellus remain an integral part of one of Oregon's key industry sectors, and we have every intention of helping those companies expand here."</p> <p>The Strategic Reserve Fund grant will help offset a small portion of the training costs associated with Novellus Systems' investment in Oregon. The state will forgive repayment of the award based on new jobs created and maintained at the Tualatin site through mid-2012. Novellus Systems has an extensive in-house training program in Tualatin, and plans to train new employees there.</p> <p>State officials said Novellus' decision would help shore up Oregon's critical advanced manufacturing base.</p> <p>"We continue to focus our economic development efforts on helping existing Oregon companies grow and prosper, said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "The recent predictions of an end to Oregon's advanced manufacturing leadership are obviously false given Novellus' decision to increase its investment and expand its manufacturing operations here in Tualatin."</p> <p>Novellus officials said support from state government played a critical role in the company's decision to expand its Tualatin operations.</p> <p>"The consolidation of our manufacturing operations in Oregon was enabled by the foresight of the Oregon Governor and Legislature to support business in their state," said Rick Hill, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Novellus Systems. "Novellus is an international company, supported by a global workforce. Our employees live and work around the world, and our ability to maintain their employment is paramount to us. Our search for business-friendly environments throughout the world is never-ending, since it is essential that we remain competitive for our employees and shareholders. We will continue to migrate our business infrastructure to regions where government supports job growth. Oregon has taken a major step to help companies compete abroad, and their support is a great first step in helping to maintain employment here in the U.S."</p> <p>Novellus has engineering and manufacturing facilities in San Jose, California, and Tualatin, Oregon, as well as sales and service operations in 13 countries.</p> December 17, 2009 <h1>Governor announces appointments to new Broadband Advisory Council</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=20 <p>Salem&#151;Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced appointments to the newly-created Oregon Broadband Advisory Council. The council's mission is to develop and ensure the implementation of a statewide broadband network with a focus on extending broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across Oregon.</p><p>"This new council will be charged with ensuring that citizens in every corner of our state can take full advantage of the commerce, education, and health and safety benefits that broadband Internet access provides," Governor Kulongoski said. "The group also will encourage public-private partnerships to promote the deployment of broadband technology."</p><p>The legislature created the council during the 2009 legislatives session under HB 3158. It is charged with reporting to the legislature on the affordability and accessibility of broadband technology in all areas of the state and on the extent of broadband technology use across sectors, including healthcare, energy, education and government.</p><p>The council members represent leaders from Oregon's cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government, the Public Utility Commission and the Oregon Legislature.</p><p>The members of the council are:<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Rich Bader, EasyStreet Online Services<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Ray Baum, Public Utility Commission<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Jonathan Dolan, Oregon State University<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Miles Ellenby, Oregon Health and Science University<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Joe Franell, Eastern Oregon Telecom<BR&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Kathy George, Yamhill County Commission<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Adam Gryzbicki, AT&T<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Jeff Johnson, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Lonny Macy, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Dugan Petty, State of Oregon, Chief Information Officer<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Dave Sabala, Douglas Electric Cooperative</p><p>Other council members are Senator Ted Ferrioli appointed by the President of the Senate and Representative Tobias Read appointed by the Speaker of the House.</p><p>Council meetings will commence in January and will be open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact Chris Tamarin, telecommunications liaison for the state of Oregon by <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/contact.php?ID=29">email</a> or by calling 503-508-0178.</p> December 16, 2009 <h1>Governor announces Recovery Act Grant for wood pellet facility in John Day</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=18 <p><a href="http://archivedwebsites.sos.state.or.us/Governor_Kulongoski_2011/governor.oregon.gov/Gov/P2009/press_111009.shtml">press release</a></p> November 10, 2009 <h1>Applications for the Governor's 2009 Annual Sustainability Awards now being accepted</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=17 <p>SALEM, OR&#151;Applications for the 2009 Governor's Sustainability Awards are now being accepted by Business Oregon on behalf of the Governor and the Oregon Sustainability Board.</p> <p>Oregonians have always put great value on the long-term health of the environment in which they live, work and play, and therefore take a long-term view when making investments in economic development. Sustainability is an integrated concept in the strategic planning of most Oregon organizations and companies, but some are truly moving to the head of the pack. Governor Ted Kulongoski created the Sustainability Awards to recognize those outstanding efforts.</p> <p>The Governor's Sustainability Awards are intended to promote and advance the inclusion of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. Any private, public or non-profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards will be given based on merit, but organizations may be grouped by size and/or type in order to make comparing applicants more efficient and appropriate.</p> <p>Winners must show a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. Winners will be innovators in their fields and show that becoming more sustainable is not in conflict with achieving the organization's core mission, whatever that may be. The Awards broadly defines sustainable practices as those that strive to optimize an organization's financial, environmental and social performance.</p> <p>Last year's winners were Sokol Blosser Winery, Full Sail Brewing, Klamath Brewing, New Seasons Market, ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia and the Eugene 2008 Olympic Trial Committee.</p> <p>For more information, a downloadable application or to nominate a business, please visit the <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/2009-Sustainability-Awards.php">Sustainability Awards</a> page. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, November 30, 2009. Applicants should expect a response approximately one month after the deadline. For additional information, please contact Business Oregon's <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/contact.php?ID=20">Mark Brady</a> at 503-229-5223.</p> November 9, 2009 <h1>Oregon Main Street Program announces new state coordinator</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=19 <p>Salem&#151;The Oregon Main Street Program is pleased to announce the hiring of Sheri Stuart as the new Oregon Main Street Coordinator. Sheri has the experience and creativity to assist Oregon communities with the Main Street Approach<sup>TM</sup> and help build Oregon's program to be one of the best in the Nation.</p> <p>Ms. Stuart brings nineteen years of downtown revitalization experience to her new position with Oregon Main Street. She began her career as the executive director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program in Washington State. Under her leadership, the program received numerous state awards and the downtown saw 42 net new businesses started, 154 net new jobs created and close to $3 million in rehabilitation investment. Ms. Stuart also worked as a program officer with the National Trust Main Street Center for eight years where she was responsible for coordinating and delivering technical services to small- and mid-sized communities and urban neighborhood districts across the country. Most recently she was the assistant coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program.</p><p>Gary Van Huffel, the coordinator from 2008 and 2009, observed great interest from Oregon communities to revitalize their downtowns during this economic recession, increased self-reliance by local communities, renewed awareness of local heritage and dedicated volunteers. The Main Street Approach works because it is a practical program that helps communities build on their unique assets and values.</p><p>Currently, there are 63 cities and communities participating in one of the three levels of Oregon Main Street: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown and Exploring Downtown. Starting in 2008, these communities participated in regional training workshops and were assisted in starting, organizing and planning their local program. Technical assistance was provided with historic surveys, community assessments, resource team visits, market analysis and architectural design. Communities as small as Mitchell (pop. 175) or as large as Salem (pop. 155,000) are using this assistance in this current economy to support and strengthen their downtown businesses.</p><p>The Oregon Main Street program is jointly housed with Oregon Business Development Department and the State Historic Preservation Office (Oregon Parks and Recreation Department) and is a coordinating member of the National Trust Main Street Center. The Main Street Approach<sup>TM</sup> is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important tools. The state program assists communities in the revitalization of their unique downtown places using this proven approach.</p> November 6, 2009 <h1>Call for Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund project proposals</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=16 <P>The Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) will accept proposals for project funding from the Renewable Energy Feasibility Fund (REFF) until 5 p.m., December 15, 2009. The fund provides grants and loans from the Special Public works Fund to help public agencies finance renewable energy feasibility studies.</p> <p>Feasibility studies should determine the viability of potential municipally-owned projects that could use renewable energy resources for: generating electricity, heat or manufacturing an alternative fuel such as ethanol or biodiesel.</p> <p>Renewable energy resources are defined as:<ul><li>water</li><li>wind</li><li>geothermal</li><li>solar</li><li>biomass</li><li>waste materials</li><li>waste fuels</li></ul></p> <p>Successful implementation of feasibility studies by Oregon municipalities can contribute to the reduction of Oregon's dependence on fossil-based energy sources.</p> <p>Public agencies that are eligible to apply for the loans and grants include: <ul><li>cities;</li><li>counties;</li><li>county service districts;</li><li>tribal councils;</li><li>ports;</li><li>special districts as defined in ORS 198.010; and</li><li>airport districts.</li></ul></p> <p>The maximum grant award is $50,000 or 75 percent of total project cost whichever is less. A total up to $200,000 will be available in this 2009 Call for Proposals. Applications (Intake Forms) will be used to determine which proposals will be invited to submit a complete application for funding consideration.</p><p>All inquiries should be directed to the <a href="http://www.orinfrastructure.org/map2.php">IFA regional coordinator</a> responsible for your region. REF Fund <a href="http://www.orinfrastructure.org/Learn-About-Infrastructure-Programs/Interested-in-a-Special-Project/Renewable-energy-feasibility/">program information</a>, the application form and resources are available on the IFA Web site.</P> November 4, 2009 <h1>Business Oregon unveils new Web site</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=14 <p><B>SALEM</b>&#151;Business Oregon has launched an updated Web site at <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/">www.oregon4biz.com</a>. The site profiles Oregon's business environment, its competitive advantages, key industries, as well as services and programs available through Business Oregon, the state's business development agency.</p><p>The site also is connected to its "sister" site, at <a href="http://www.infrastructure.org/">www.orinfrastructure.org</a>, which covers the community development programs and services of the state's new Infrastructure Finance Authority.</p><p>"The new site can tell our story in a much more compelling way, and use some of the projects we've worked on to highlight our success, and the success companies can find here in Oregon," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We looked at other economic and business development websites from other states as well as countries, and believe the new site challenges them all as a compelling and concise communications tool for doing business in Oregon."</p><p>The new Web site's features include: <ul><li>A modern graphic design, intended to integrate high-tech/innovative feel, with a natural, active, outdoor image to better fit the brand image of Oregon;<BR><BR> <li>A balance of information on Oregon as a globally competitive business location, the services Business Oregon can offer, and the services the Infrastructure Finance Authority can offer;<BR><BR> <li>More dynamic content, such as an interactive map with examples of Business Oregon projects around the state;<BR><BR> <li>Specific program information presented in a more user-friendly and intuitive way than ever before;<br><BR> <li>A mobile-friendly version of the site; and<BR><BR> <li>An exciting new Desktop application that users can keep running in the background on their computers, with contact info, news feeds, events and a calendar.</ul></p> October 7, 2009 <h1>Concurrent Notice of Public Hearing and Public Comment Period</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=15 <P>The Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD), Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and the Oregon Department of Human Services are seeking public comment on the proposed 2010 Action Plan relating to funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDs (HOPWA) and the Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG). The three agencies are jointly submitting the 2010 Action Plan, which includes the proposed 2010 CDBG <I>Method of Distribution</I> to HUD for a variety of housing and community development activities. Descriptions of the activities are contained within the plans.</p><p>The agencies are seeking public comment on these plans through October 9, 2009. A public hearing will be held at 12:00 pm on October 7, 2009, at OBDD, 775 Summer Street, NE, Salem, Oregon, in conference room 201. The draft plans can be accessed from the <a href="http://www.orinfrastructure.org/Learn-About-Infrastructure-Programs/Interested-in-a-Community-Development-Project/Community-Development-Block-Grant/">Community Development Block Grant program web page</a> or from <a href="http://www.ohcs.oregon.gov/OHCS/HD/HRS/CONSPLAN/AnnualActionPlan/AnnualActionPlan2010.doc">Housing and Community Services</a> Web site.</p><p>Written comments on the proposed 2010 Action Plan will be received until 5:00 pm on October 9, 2009. Comments regarding the CDBG <I>Method of Distribution</i> can be forwarded to Mary Baker, OBDD, PO Box 866, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 or by email at <a href="mailto:mary.a.baker@state.or.us">mary.a.baker@state.or.us</a>. Comments regarding the Action Plan can be forwarded to Loren Schultz, OHCS, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite B, Salem, Oregon 97301 or by email at <a href="mailto:loren.schultz@state.or.us">loren.schultz@state.or.us</a>.</p> October 7, 2009 <h1>Infrastructure Finance Authority Board named; will hold inaugural meeting October 23</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=13 <p><B>SALEM</b>&#151;Governor Ted Kulongoski has completed the appointment of an independent, nine-member Infrastructure Finance Authority Board to oversee financing of community development and infrastructure projects across Oregon.</p> <p>The IFA Board will hold its inaugural meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 23 at the Oregon Business Development Department offices in Salem.</P><p>The new board, established by the Oregon Legislature's passage of HB 2152 earlier this year, will help oversee the work of the Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA), the new community development arm of Business Oregon&#151;the Oregon Business Development Department. The Governor recommended creation of the IFA in 2008 as a way to better administer the infrastructure programs serving Oregon communities.</p><p>"We needed a better way to identify and prioritize the infrastructure needs of our communities across the state," Kulongoski said. "The Authority and its board&#151;with expertise on what communities need to thrive, as well as in public finance, will ensure that limited state resources are invested wisely and leverage the most federal and private funds as possible."</p><p>Under the legislation, Governor Kulongsoki appointed six members of the Infrastructure Finance Authority Board. An additional three members were appointed by State Treasurer Ben Westlund, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Dave Hunt. Lynn Schoessler will serve as executive director of the IFA. Schoessler previously headed Business Oregon's Community Development Division.</p><p>"For the first time, a specific entity has been named to address the infrastructure finance needs of the state," said Schoessler. "This is new for Oregon and follows the approach of many western states. The board also makes program policy, so state programs can be reviewed and improved if necessary.</p><p>Schoessler said since the legislature has representation on the board, the hope is their more direct involvement will result in an even greater understanding of the infrastructure needs of Oregon communities.</p><p>"I believe that with these experienced stakeholders as members of the IFA Board, there will be more collaboration concerning what projects are funded and a greater sense of accountability in funding community development projects," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "I am excited about this new collaboration and confident in the skills of IFA Executive Director Schoessler to deliver a new standard of service and results statewide."</p><p>The New IFA Board members are: <ul><LI><B>Erik J. Andersson</b> of Portland. Erik is an economic development manager at Pacific Power. Previously, he worked for five years for Governor Ted Kulongoski and in economic development posts for the state and Jefferson County.<BR><BR><LI><B>Daniel T. Bradley</b> of Silverton. Daniel has served as the general manager of the Oak Lodge Water District since 2003. Prior to that, he was the general manager of the South Fork Water Board for seven years. He also served on the Oregon Health Division's Drinking Water Advisory Committee for nearly a decade.<BR><BR><LI><B>Gary D. Neal</b> of Boardman. Gary has served as the general manager of the Port of Morrow for the last 20 years. He also is a board member of the Bank of Eastern Oregon and the Oregon Ports Association. Gary will bring valuable and direct experience with infrastructure financing to the board.<BR><BR><li><b>Jon. S. Nelson</b> of Corvallis. Jon has served as Corvallis city manager since 1993. Prior to that post, he served as city manager of Pendleton for eight years. His background brings valuable local government perspective to the IFA Board.<BR><BR><li><b>Carol E. Samuels</b> of Portland. Carol is Senior Vice-President for Public Finance at Seattle-NW Securities Corporation. Carol also served in a similar position at U.S. Bank of Oregon. She is an expert on financing the needs of public and local government districts and brings a strong understanding of investors' needs to the board.<BR><BR><li><b>Don A. Lindly</b> of Newport. Don has served as a Lincoln County Commissioner since 1991. Don also was a past president of the Association of Oregon Counties and headed the AOC's Economic Development Committee.<BR><BR><li><b>Laura Lockwood-McCall</b> Director of the Oregon Debt Management Division. Lockwood-McCall is a respected industry veteran with more than 20 years of municipal financing experience in four states. She has been director of the Treasury's debt management office since 2004. She was appointed by State Treasurer Ben Westlund.<BR><BR><li><B>State Representative Terry Beyer</b> of Springfield. In 2007, Rep. Beyer was re-elected to serve a fourth full term in House District 12 (Springfield). In the Seventy fifth Legislative Assembly, Rep. Beyer served as Chair of the House Transportation Committee and as a member of the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Communities Committee and the Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Transportation and Economic Development.<BR><BR><li><B>State Senator Frank Morse</b> of Albany. Senator Morse was born and raised in Lebanon. He entered the Morse Bros. family business in 1972. He has been the Albany Division Manager, Vice President of Operations, Executive Vice President, President and then Chairman. When Morse Bros. merged with MDU Resources Group, he continued as President until he retired in 2000.</ul></p> October 6, 2009 <h1>Business Oregon awards $3.5 million in Federal Recovery Grants for community development projects</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=11 <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon announced it has awarded $3.56 million in federal recovery dollars to three Oregon communities under the Community Development Block Grant program.</p> <p>The federal grants, funded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will help construct a senior citizens center in Silverton, improve the wastewater system in the city of Haines and provide a new drinking water reservoir for the Hebo Water Authority in Tillamook County.</p> <p>"These stimulus dollars will help create dozens of family wage jobs in Oregon communities when they need them most," said Governor Kulongoski. "Community development block grant funds will help these communities have safe and clean drinking water and community facilities for their citizens."</p><p>"These projects are planned, designed and ready to go," said Lynn Schoessler, Executive Director of the Business Oregon's Infrastructure Finance Authority.</p><p>The Recovery Act grant of $1.2 million will allow the city of Silverton to construct a 4,000- to 5,000-square-foot senior center with modern and efficient commercial kitchen, larger dining area and offices for center staff. The city, in partnership with Silverton Area Seniors, currently serves the city's senior population in a leased 800-square-foot space located downtown. The existing facility is too small and not conducive for redevelopment.</p><p>The city of Haines in northeastern Oregon will use $1.25 million in recovery funds to make mandated improvements to its wastewater system in accordance with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality standards. The improvements include: wastewater treatment and storage improvements, effluent disposal system replacement and irrigation pumping, improved piping and valve repairs, dike repairs, new chlorination system and primary lift station upgrades.</p><p>The Hebo Joint Water and Sanitary Improvement Authority, located in Tillamook County, currently has inadequate and unsafe drinking water storage and treatment. Currently, the authority utilizes three, welded steel tanks salvaged from the Mt. Hebo Air Force Base which together provide 133,333 gallons of storage, but are estimated to be over 40 years old. The $1.216 million in recovery grant dollars will fund construction of a new 310,000-gallon reservoir, chemical feed building and replace equipment, a transmission line, pressure reducing valves, as well as water meters.</p><p>In addition to the Recovery Act Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards, the Infrastructure Finance Authority also announced regular quarterly CDBG awards totaling $2.39 million to six Oregon communities. Business Oregon will hold full and half day CDBG training workshops in Salem on September 15-16 and in Pendleton on September 17-18 for city and county officials and grant administrators as well as CDBG-funded construction contractors.</p><p>Since the early 1980's, the Infrastructure Finance Authority, formerly the state's Community Development Division, has administered the state of Oregon's CDBG program with funding from HUD. The program serves non-metropolitan cities and counties of Oregon. The IFA reviews applications for funding under the CDBG program on a quarterly basis or until all funds available for the year have been obligated.</p><p><b>Community Development Block Grants 2nd Quarter 2009 Project Summaries</b></br><BR>City of Klamath Falls&#151;$800,000:<BR>The city of Klamath Falls is proposing to assist Klamath Family Head Start acquire the building they currently lease in order to make improvements. Acquisition of the building will lower their monthly operating expenses and allow for further improvements. The city will combine the $800,000 grant with $1,419,500,000 of matching funds to acquire the property.</p><p>City of Amity&#151;$1.0 Million:<br>The city of Amity owns and operates a municipal wastewater treatment which has exceeded the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The DEQ approved wastewater facilities plan identifies several improvements needed to comply with the NPDES permit. The city will combine the $1,000,000 grant with $406,160 in matching funds to design and construct these necessary improvements.</p><p>City of Glendale&#151;$54,000:<br>The city of Glendale operates a municipal wastewater treatment and collection, which receives an excess amount of infiltration and inflow which has caused numerous National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit violations. The city of Glendale previously applied for and received a $96,000 CDBG grant for the completion of a wastewater facilities plan needed to fulfill a requirement mandated by Oregon DEQ. The city will combine this $54,000 grant increase with $1,000 of locally committed funds to complete the environmental report and geotechnical analysis on the wastewater treatment plant site.</p><p>City of Richland&#151;$101,200:<BR>The city owns and operates a municipal non-discharging lagoon and collection system operated under a Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF) permit. The original wastewater system was constructed in the 1970's. The pumps are old requiring continual maintenance and the lagoons are near capacity. The city needs a wastewater facilities plan to develop recommendations of upgrading and improving the system. The city will use this award to procure the services of a professional engineering firm to prepare a DEQ approved wastewater facilities plan.</p><p>City of Port Orford&#151;$134,309:<br>The city of Port Orford has a small water impoundment area on the North Fork of Hubbard Creek. This water source is inadequate in meeting the needs of the city residents, especially during the summer months when the creek runs dry and the water level with the impoundment decreases. This project is part of the city's approved water master plan. The city needs to complete the preliminary engineering for a larger impoundment area in the same location. The city will combine the award with $62,591 in matching funds to complete the necessary engineering work.</p><p>City of Rogue River&#151;$300,000:<BR>The city has requested the award to fund improvements to their downtown plaza including streets, lighting, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and tree wells. The proposed project will complete improvements identified in the Downtown Conceptual Design in the city's Revitalization Plan prepared by Oregon Downtown Development Association.</p> August 25, 2009 <h1>Legislature Passes Bill Renaming and Reorganizing State's Economic Development Efforts</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=1 <p>The Oregon State Legislature has approved legislation (HB 2152) renaming the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department and refocusing its efforts to help existing Oregon businesses retain and create jobs as well as to build vital infrastructure in communities across the state.</p><p>Upon the signature of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, the department will be renamed the Oregon Business Development Department, also to be known as Business Oregon. Gov. Kulongoski proposed the reorganization of the department last year in an Executive Order with the goal of giving the agency a more strategic focus on the needs of existing Oregon businesses.</p><p>"I am very pleased that the department has completed its reorganization plan and received legislative approval," said Kulongoski. "I recommended the changes so that the new Oregon Business Development Department can be even more effective in helping existing Oregon businesses create and save jobs. I look forward now to working closely with Business Oregon officials to do just that."</p><p>Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe said the agency's strategic aim will focus more intensely than ever on assisting existing Oregon businesses to create and retain jobs for Oregonians.</p><p>"The agency has a long, successful history of creating jobs and helping communities across the state," McCabe said. "Now, more than ever, as we prepare to move out of the current recession, we will help Oregon businesses grow and compete in the 21st century economy."</p><p>In addition, as part of the agency realignment, the department's community development activities will now be administered separately by a newly formed Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA). The IFA was created to ensure that the state's infrastructure needs, namely those around safe drinking water and wastewater systems, were better identified and prioritized in order to ensure the best use of the state's limited resources. The Authority will be overseen by members of an independent Infrastructure Finance Authority board appointed by the Governor.</p> July 1, 2009 <h1>Four New Members Appointed to State Small Business Advisory Council</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=2 <p>The Oregon Small Business Advisory Council (OSBAC) recently elected small business owner Stephanie Bailey to serve as its chairperson through July 2012. Bailey, who has served as interim chairperson since March, owns Innovative Market Strategies, a marketing and public relations firm in Klamath Falls.</p><p>"I am extremely honored to have been chosen to lead this group of dedicated small business owners," stated Bailey. "We are enthusiastic and committed to raising awareness of issues impacting small businesses across Oregon."</p><p>Bailey is one of the inaugural members of the OSBAC and prior to her appointment served as a member of the Governor's Small Business Council for three and a half years. Bailey's company provides marketing services to small businesses and communities in southern Oregon and northern California.</P><p>In addition to Bailey's selection as chairperson, Governor Ted Kulongoski recently appointed four new members to serve on the SBAC. Citing the importance of small business to Oregon, the Governor said "SBAC members bring a critical perspective to the table. They are my eyes and ears out in the small business community."</p><p>The four new members are: Richard R. Batzer, President and owner of Batzer Inc., a construction services firm in Medford; Kathleen S. Jaworski, owner of Write to Know in Eugene and the former director of the Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) for the last decade; Dwayne E. Johnson of Synconix LLC, a Portland management consulting firm; and Travis L. Stovall of The Stovall Group, a Gresham business consulting firm.</p><p>"We are excited with the addition of new energy and perspectives at the council," said OECDD Director Tim McCabe. "We look forward to working closely with the SBAC to assist Oregon small businesses during this difficult time as well as during the upcoming economic recovery."</p><p>The Oregon Small Business Advisory Council is made up of eleven members who are appointed by the Governor and each serve three-year terms. The council works in conjunction with the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department (OECDD) to develop recommendations on how best to promote the growth and economic vitality of Oregon's small business sector.</p><p>The Small Business Advisory Council meets monthly and all meetings are open to the public. For more information about the OSBAC please contact OECDD's Small Business Services Officer at 503-986-0161.</p> June 30, 2009 <h1>Oregon Safe Drinking Water Program awards 18 Oregon communities $27.8 million in stimulus funds for drinking water projects</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=12 <p>Governor Ted Kulongoski today announced that the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) awarded federal stimulus funds to 18 Oregon community water systems totaling $27.8 million to help construct and improve to drinking water systems across the state.</p> <p>"These funds will help communities across the state provide clean and safe drinking water while also creating more than 500 construction jobs for Oregonians," said Governor Ted Kulongoski. "By leveraging these federal dollars, we will deliver projects from Warrenton to Elgin and Fern Valley to Portland that will help improve the public health of thousands of Oregonians."</p> <p>The federal stimulus dollars are part of $2 billion awarded nationwide by Environmental Protection Agency to fund drinking water infrastructure projects under the Recovery Act. The Oregon Department of Human Services sets the standards for the drinking water system improvements and determines eligible projects while OECDD works with applicants across the state to develop financing packages and manage the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (SDWRLF).</p> <p>"By leveraging these federal stimulus dollars with existing state safe drinking water funds we have enabled 18 Oregon communities to fully fund pending construction projects totaling more than $45 million," said Tim McCabe, director of OECDD. "This is the best possible use of stimulus dollars here in Oregon: a near-term boost with the creation of more than 500 jobs and the long-term benefit of safe, clean drinking water."</p> <p>The department combined the $27.8 million if federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with $13.9 million in existing state SDWRL funds and local funds to help finance 18 projects with a total value of $45.2 million. Overall, more than 50 percent of the Safe Drinking Water funds awarded will go to local community water systems in the form of grants or forgivable loans. The remaining amounts were loaned to the communities for 20 years at a 3% interest rate.</p> <p>"Aging and inadequate infrastructure causes many communities to struggle to reliably provide safe drinking water," said Dr. Mel Kohn, acting state public health director in the Oregon Department of Human Services. "These investments will not only support good jobs but also upgrade drinking water systems that are fundamental to the health of Oregonians."</p> <p>For the last month, OECDD staff reviewed 112 application submitted from across the state. At least 20 percent of the funds provided have to be used for green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative projects.</p> <p>Communities are expected to execute contracts by July 30 and federal requirements call for projects to be under construction no later than next March.</p> <p>The Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program provides low-interest loans and grants for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements. The program also emphasizes providing funds to small and disadvantaged communities and to programs that encourage pollution prevention as a tool for ensuring safe drinking water.</p> <p>Since the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program began in 1997, EPA has awarded more than $8 billion in grants, which states have turned into $15 billion of financial assistance to fund safe drinking water projects.</p> May 20, 2009 <h1>State to Highlight Export Growth Opportunities for Oregon Companies at Showcases Across the State</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=3 <p>The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) will host four International Road Show workshops next week for Oregon businesses seeking assistance and information on how to expand their export sales.</p><p>State officials, along with local partners, will host the lunch hour presentations as part of World Trade Week in Portland&#151;May 18, 19 and 22, in Eugene on May 20 and in Bend on May 21.</p><p>The events are designed to help small- and medium-sized business owners expand their knowledge about potential export markets in such places as Mexico, Canada, Japan and the Middle East. Officials from those international partners will be hand to answer questions and provide information on how Oregon businesses can expand and diversify their export markets.</p><p>"Export markets are a critical component to growing existing Oregon businesses," said OECDD Director Tim McCabe. "The state has the technical expertise and the international relationships to help Oregon businesses find export opportunities for their products."</p><p>On May 18 at the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland, the Portland Development Commission will co-host OECDD Japan Representative Office Director Jun Mokudai and U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council President Edward Burton who will make a presentation about doing business with their respective nations. On May 19 in Portland, ProMexico Investment and Trade Commissioner Ricardo Vargas and Canadian Trade Commissioner Doug McCracken will make similar presentations on export opportunities to their nations.</p><p>In addition, the Mayor's International Business Awards dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 18 in the Portland City Hall rotunda.</p><p>On May 20, the Eugene Chamber of Commerce will co-host OECDD's Mokudai and Burton will again present. On May 21 in Bend, Economic Development for Central Oregon will co-host Mokudai and Burton.</p><p>Finally, on May 22 in Portland, the Japan-American Society of Oregon will co-host an Oregon agricultural export panel featuring private-sector and government experts.</p><p>In addition, at each of the events one-on-one meetings are available for with the trade officials and OECDD International Trade Officers. Companies must request (see below) a meeting with a specific country representative.</p><p>For additional information go to: http://www.oregon4biz.com/tradeweek.htm or request a one-on-one meeting by contacting</p><p>Portland May 18-19: Gina Wiedrick at 503-823-5770, wiedrickg@pdc.us or<BR>Susan Moon at 503-229-5634, susan.moon@state.or.us<BR><BR>Eugene May 20: Dave Hauser at 541-484-1314, daveh@eugenechamber.com or<BR>Susan Moon at 503-229-5634, susan.moon@state.or.us<BR><BR>Bend May 21: Dayna Dudkowski at 541-388-3236, dayna@edcoinfo.com or<BR>Susan Moon at 503-229-5634, susan.moon@state.or.us</p> May 13, 2009 <h1>Oregon Arts Commission to Receive and Distribute Federal Stimulus Funds for the Arts</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=4 <p>The National Endowment for the Arts has announced $19.8 million in one-time grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations to support the arts sector of the economy. The Oregon Arts Commission will receive $307,600, which it will regrant to Oregon arts organizations to preserve jobs in the arts that are threatened or have been recently eliminated due to the economic downturn.</p><p>"Jobs in the arts are a vital part of Oregon's creative economy," said Governor Ted Kulongoski. "Nonprofit arts organizations employ artists, directors, managers, technicians, designers and workers in a variety of trades. They've helped brand Oregon as a state where creativity and innovation are important to all sectors of the economy."</p><p>"We're pleased the arts are recognized in the Recovery Act," commented Christine D'Arcy, Arts Commission executive director. "These one-time grants will help preserve up to 25 jobs, helping arts nonprofits weather the current economic storm. Those jobs will support arts organizations as they continue to offer high quality programs to Oregonians and bring visitors to the state. The economic stimulus plan acknowledges the role that the arts play in state and national recovery, employing artists and arts administrators in this difficult time."</p><p>"This is a good example of "The Oregon Way" for recovery," D'Arcy added, citing the state's coordinated approach for stimulus activity focused on pioneering, green and creative investments.</p><p>The Arts Commission will invest Recovery funds in projects that assist arts organizations in retaining critical staff. Oregon Arts Stimulus Grant guidelines will be posted online at www.oregonartscommission.org by April 17, 2009. Requests for funding will be accepted through an online application process until May 15, 2009.</p><p><B>About the National Endowment for the Arts</b><BR>The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts&#151;both new and established&#151;bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases. For more information, please visit <a href=http://www.arts.gov/>www.arts.gov</a>. Since the NEA was established, it has worked in partnership with the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and six multi-state regional arts organizations to meet the Arts Endowment's goal of bringing the arts to all Americans. This dynamic relationship has resulted in an exemplary record of growth for the arts, stimulating an extraordinary economic impact in communities throughout the country. As required by the NEA's legislation, forty percent of all grantmaking funds are designated for these partner agencies.</p><p><B>About the Oregon Arts Commission</b><BR>The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.</p><p><B>Related links</b><BR>National Endowment for the Arts, <a href=http://www.arts.gov/>www.arts.gov</a><BR>Oregon Arts Commission, <a href=http://www.oregonartcommission.org/>www.oregonartscommission.org</a><BR>The Oregon Way <a href=http://recovery.oregon.gov/>recovery.oregon.gov</a></p> April 13, 2009 <h1>Oregon Community Development Block Grants Awarded to Grants Pass, Newport and Lane County</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=5 <p>The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) recently awarded more than $1.9 million dollars in federal Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) to the cities of Newport and Grants Pass as well as to Lane County.</p><p>"We are very pleased to partner with communities across the state and help them successfully improve their infrastructure and create jobs," said Tim McCabe, the director of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. "OECDD also plans to work closely with local communities across Oregon in the future to help distribute the recently approved federal stimulus dollars through the community development program."</p><p>The recently funded projects include $800,000 for senior center improvements in Newport; $1 million for drinking water system improvements in Lane County and $100,000 to help the city of Grants Pass form a microenterprise assistance network.</p><p>The federally funded CDBG grants help support Oregon communities in completing important community infrastructure projects aimed at improving community livability for citizens of low to moderate incomes.</p><p>The city of Newport will combine the $800,000 CDBG grant with $114,500 of local funds to remodel their existing senior center facility including construction of a full entry and restrooms as well as creating an activity room for seniors. The new facility will provide five meal services per week and benefit 182 seniors the first year after construction.</p><p>"It is going to mean some really nice additions to our senior center and the folks who use that facility are really going to enjoy them," said Newport Mayor Bill Bain. "We certainly appreciate all the assistance we received in getting this grant for our community."</p><p>Lane County will combine the $1,000,000 CDBG grant with $550,000 from the Row River Water District to design and construct needed improvements to the newly formed district's aging water system. The water treatment system is more than 30 years old and has been cited several times for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.</p><p>In Grants Pass, the city will match the $100,000 CDBG grant with $31,000 of local funds to form a regional microenterprise assistance program through a partnership involving the municipalities of Grants Pass, Cave Junction and Josephine County. The program will provide classroom training for microenterprises to develop work plans, identify specific business training needs, assess their business enterprise ideas for feasibility and develop individualized business plans. The city anticipates assisting 40 microenterprises with this project.</p><p>"What it means for Grants Pass is we are now able to help increase the entrepreneurial network to help grow Josephine County out of its current (economic) situation," said Steve Dahl, economic development coordinator with the city of Grants Pass. "We are very excited to be able to help low-income residents start their own businesses."</p><p>Since the early 1980's, the OECDD has administered the state's CDBG program with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program serves non-metropolitan cities and counties of Oregon. The OECDD reviews applications for funding under the Community Development Block Grant program on a quarterly basis or until all funds available for the year have been obligated.</p><p>For further information about the Oregon Community Development Block Grant program, please contact OECDD or visit <a href=http://www.orinfrastructure.org/>www.orinfrastructure.org</a></p> March 6, 2009 <h1>Oregon Business Development Day at the Capitol highlights state efforts to create and save jobs for Oregonians</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=6 <p>SALEM&#151;The state's top economic development officials today outlined their plans for helping Oregon businesses create and retain jobs while positioning the state to succeed in the post-recession, 21st century economy.</p><p>Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) Director Tim McCabe and Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission Chair Wally Van Valkenburg visited key state legislators during Oregon Business Development Day at the Capitol.</p><p>"We want our legislators to know that our emphasis is on creating and saving jobs at existing Oregon businesses as well as our efforts to attract more investment into the state," said OECDD Director McCabe. "Our team is working closely with our economic development partners across the state to help local communities and their residents."</p><p>In addition, McCabe and Van Valkenburg echoed the Governor's vision to cement Oregon's position as a recognized leader in innovation and the renewable energy economy of the 21st century.</p><p>"Whether it is testing electric cars, building solar panels or encouraging wind energy developments, Oregon has already surged to the front of the pack when it comes to the nation's next wave of economic growth," said Van Valkenburg. "When the current recession recedes&#151;and it will&#151;we want to make sure Oregon is well positioned to grow jobs and wealth from coastal communities to the plains of eastern Oregon."</p><p>The state's business development team met with legislative leadership and more than two dozen legislators during the all-day event. The group described the many local successes fueled, in part, by the assistance of the OECDD statewide team of business development officers.</p><p>"We have helped create and retain thousands of jobs across the state of Oregon," said McCabe. "But now we must ensure existing Oregon businesses survive this economic storm and the state is well positioned to hit the ground running when it ends. To that end, our efforts will focus on making sure existing Oregon businesses sustain their competitive advantages."</p> February 18, 2009 <h1>Oregon business development leaders meet with Senate President Courtney, House Speaker Hunt, Majority Leaders Devlin and Nolan and Minority Leader Hanna</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=7 <P>SALEM&#151;The state's top economic development officials today outlined their plans to help existing Oregon businesses create and retain jobs while positioning the state to succeed in the post-recession, 21st century economy.</p><p>Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) Director Tim McCabe, Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission Chair Wally Van Valkenburg and members of the OECD Commission and the Oregon Innovation Council visited legislative leadership including Senate President Peter Courtney, House Speaker Dave Hunt, Senate Majority Leader Senator Richard Devlin, House Majority Leader Rep. Mary Nolan and House Minority Leader Bruce Hanna.</p><p>"We want our legislative leaders to know about our emphasis on helping existing Oregon businesses create and retain jobs as well as our efforts to attract more investment into the state," said OECDD Director McCabe.</p><P>In addition, McCabe and Van Valkenburg echoed Governor Kulongoski's emphasis on producing a highly educated workforce and utilizing innovation to maintain Oregon's position as a recognized leader in the 21st century economy.</p><p>"Whether it is testing electric cars, building solar panels and windmills or encouraging nanotechnology development, Oregon has already surged to the front of the pack when it comes to the nation's next wave of economic growth," said Van Valkenburg.</p><p>The economic development officials also discussed OECDD's already successful efforts to create thousands of jobs across the state of Oregon at companies such as Climax Portable Tools, Agri-Plas, SolarWorld and FedEx.</p><p>"We have helped create and retain thousands of jobs across the state of Oregon," said McCabe. "But now we must ensure existing Oregon businesses survive this economic storm and the state is well positioned to hit the ground running when it ends. To that end, our efforts will focus on making sure existing Oregon businesses sustain their competitive advantages."</p> February 18, 2009 <h1>State partners with Port of Coos Bay to purchase rail line</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=8 <p>The Oregon Economic and Community Development (OECD) Commission Thursday approved $12.6 million in bridge loans that will enable the Port of Coos Bay to purchase the rail line that was shut down by Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP).</p><p>As a result of the September 2007 short-line closure&#151;traveling 120 miles between Eugene and Coos Bay&#151;approximately 750 direct jobs at rail-served manufacturing sites in the South Coast region are at risk. The potential loss of jobs in the manufacturing sector also could have triggered in the loss of a larger number of indirect and induced jobs in the region, local officials estimated.</p><p>"This rail line is critical to the future economic stability for the Southern Oregon Coast," said Tim McCabe, Director of the OECDD. "This bridge loan is important because of the timeline imposed on the purchase of the line and is one way the state can help preserve jobs and economic opportunities for Southern Oregon."</p><p>Prior to the Central Oregon & Pacific (CORP) Railroad's closure of the Coos Bay rail line in September 2007, freight rail service was available to many regional firms including Roseburg Forest Products, Georgia-Pacific Inc., Southport Forest Products, Coos Head Forest Products, American Bridge Manufacturing, Westwood Lumber, AmeriGas and Ferrellgas. The rail service closure has significantly increased shipping costs for all commodities and has resulted in layoffs at various mills. Additionally, several firms have stated that lack of rail service will eventually lead to reallocation of long-term plant investments and possible relocation of manufacturing operations to other rail-served locations.</p><p>"Railroads are a vital part of Oregon's transportation system and its support to the state's economy," said Kelly Taylor, Administrator of the Oregon Department of Transportation Rail Division. "For 93 years, this rail line has been instrumental to the economic development of the southern Oregon coast and beyond. Today's action ensures that it will continue to support Oregon's prosperity into the future."</p><p>On Thursday, The OECD Commission unanimously approved two Special Public Works Fund loans totaling approximately $12.6 million to allow the Port to have sufficient funds to purchase the line later this month. One loan, for $7.2 million, will be paid off within 24 months following the Port's receipt of federal transportation funds. The second loan&#151;$5.4 million&#151;has a 25-year repayment schedule. In addition, to these loans, ODOT provided $4 million in ConnectOregon financing for the project.</p><p>"Oregon could not afford to lose the Coos Bay rail line and access to the harbor at Coos Bay," said Sen. Joanne Verger (D-Coos Bay). "All parties&#151;from state and federal government to communities, businesses and employees who depend upon the rail line&#151;have worked tirelessly to preserve hundreds of jobs and ensure the long-term economic viability of the region."</p><p>"Today is a great day for Oregon and the South Coast region," said State Rep. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay). "This has been a difficult and uncertain period for the entire region, and we are excited to move forward with a plan to preserve this critical component of our local manufacturing economy."</p><p>Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP), the current owner of the line, filed a rail service embargo notice with the Association of American Railroads for the majority of the Coos Bay rail line from west of Eugene to Coquille and discontinued railroad service in late September 2007. CORP stated that three tunnels on the line were unsafe and did not comply with Federal Railroad Administration standards. They sought funding assistance plus annual subsidies from ODOT's Rail Division to restore service on the line.</p><p>On November 10, 2008, the federal Surface Transportation Board awarded the Port the opportunity to purchase the line for $16,605,987 with the purchase to be completed by February 18, 2009.</p> February 5, 2009 <h1>New state Business Development Officer aims to create and retain local jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/news.php?a=9 <p>Portland, Oregon&#151;Chad Freeman joined the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) team as the new Business Development Officer representing Clackamas and Washington counties. As the Business Development Officer for these counties Chad will be responsible for recruiting, retention and development efforts within these communities and will be a representative for the state on local economic development efforts.</p><p>"I am really excited to work closely with our partners in Clackamas and Washington counties to build on our record of success in the region," said Freeman. "These are tough economic times, and while the state will focus on helping existing businesses create new jobs while holding on to the ones they already have, we also have to prepare to compete in the 21st century economy after this recession ends."</p><p>Freeman relocated to Portland from John Day, Oregon, where he had worked for the past four years as the Executive Director of the Training and Employment Consortium (TEC). During this time, Chad was responsible for delivering workforce and economic development programs over a broad six-county area in Eastern Oregon. During his tenure he initiated a strategic planning process for the Consortium as well as leading the successful implementation of this strategic plan.</p><p>Prior to his work at TEC, Freeman served as the Grant County Economic Development Coordinator in John Day between 2003 and 2005 where he was responsible for recruitment, development and marketing while working with rural area businesses. In addition, Freeman has more than five years of experience working in commercial real estate with a focus on the retail sector and development.</p><p>Freeman earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate and a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University.</p><p>For additional information please visit our website: http://www.oregon4biz.com or contact your local Business Development Officer, Chad Freeman at 503-229-5117.</p> January 30, 2009