Monthly Archives: January 2013

Governor’s Budget Invests Wisely in Economic Development

By |January 23rd, 2013|

From Tim McCabe, Director, Business Oregon:

As we enter 2013 and the upcoming annual Legislative session, I look forward to building on our agency’s 2012 successes. We are strongly supportive of the Governor’s proposed budget and the 10-year framework approach to funding the state’s most important needs.

The Governor’s proposed budget includes increased investment in innovation, workforce […]

First Two Regionally Significant Industrial Areas Approved (SB 766)

By |January 23rd, 2013|

During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Economic Recovery Review Council (ERRC) designated industrial areas in Lane and Douglas counties as ‘Regionally Significant.’ Regionally Significant Industrial Areas (RSIAs) are industrially zoned areas that have vacant sites available for development and have superior industrial characteristics including access to highways, rail and an appropriate labor force. Once […]

Update on the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange

By |January 14th, 2013|

Below is an update from Cover Oregon, the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange.  The Oregon Business Plan and its partners called for a health insurance exchange in 2007, and worked with the Governor and legislature to establish Cover Oregon in 2011 and 2012.  Oregonians will be able to shop for insurance on the exchange beginning fall […]

Governor’s State of the State Speech Aligns with Oregon Business Plan

By |January 14th, 2013|

In his State of the State speech today, Governor John Kitzhaber invoked theOregon Business Plan and its goals for Oregon: raise per capita income above the U.S. average by 2020 (currently 8-9% below), help the economy create 25, 000 new jobs per year, and reduce the poverty rate to 10% by 2020 (currently at 14%).