Monthly Archives: March 2012

Oregonian says, “Short-term tax fixes don’t fix”

By |March 28th, 2012|

A March 26, 2012 editorial in the Oregonian states that Oregon’s leadership needs to fulfill their promise to reform the current tax situation, especially with regard to the kicker. We couldn’t agree more.

Education Cluster Aims at Public School Market

By |March 12th, 2012|

The NW Education Cluster, formed in 2003, has grown to over 40 member companies representing 2,000 employees. The companies include e-learning businesses, content providers, testing and evaluation services, learning management system authors, and many others at various stages of business maturity. The cluster’s current focus is marketing education technology to school districts, particularly in Oregon.

Eugene Area Eyes Food Cluster Bet

By |March 12th, 2012|

A variety of factors give rise to industry cluster development. The Eugene area is showing that regional economic development supporters can play an active role to promote regional industry cluster growth where there’s local interest and a base of businesses in place. The region has set its sights on building out a food industry cluster.

Food Cluster Takes Innovation to Next Level

By |March 12th, 2012|

Innovation has emerged as a top priority for Oregon’s food processing cluster. Through the active participation of its members and the support of Oregon InC grants, the Northwest Food Processors Association, the industry’s cluster leader, is mounting an aggressive, multifaceted innovation initiative. It features a combination of educational programs, executive forums, public seminars, and a […]

Feds Announce $15 Million Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Rural Economies, Create Jobs

By |March 12th, 2012|

The Obama Administration has announced a $15 million multi-agency Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator challenge to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities. This competition, is expected to give out approximately 20 awards, depending on the number of eligible applications.

Legislators Adopt Bill to Improve Capital Access

By |March 12th, 2012|

In February legislators adopted HB 4040 providing what could be an important new financing tool to startups and emerging growth companies. The intent of the bill is to streamline access to capital in state economic development programs and to attract more private investment to Oregon companies. This will be accomplished through a new “Oregon Growth […]

Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Will Be Huge Benefit for Employees, Employers

By |March 8th, 2012|

Today, Governor Kitzhaber signed HB 4164, authorizing the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange.  The exchange is a marketplace where individual Oregonians and small businesses can shop for health insurance, comparing plans on cost and quality.  The exchange will make it easier to purchase insurance and improve value for consumers.

At today’s press conference, small business owner Steve […]

Legislature, Governor Come Through on Education, Health, and Jobs

By |March 6th, 2012|

Legislature, Governor Come Through on Education, Health, and Jobs 

In the 2012 legislative session, Oregon legislators came together to pass significant legislation improving education, health care and economic development.

In 2011, the legislature and Governor passed landmark legislation to improve the delivery of education (SB 909) and healthcare (HB 3650, SB 99) while also passing bills and […]