News and Updates

Build the Bridge: Oregon Business Plan Update

By |March 21st, 2013|

Culminating more than a decade of planning, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature made their commitment to finance Oregon’s share of replacing the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. Last week’s signing of HB 2800 represents a major victory for Oregon workers, Oregon businesses, and all Oregonians who depend on a safe and efficient transportation […]

Fix PERS: Comparing the Proposals

By |March 21st, 2013|

Nothing is more important to the outcome of the current legislative session – and to the future of education and other public services – than how the Legislature and Governor resolve Oregon’s PERS crisis. PERS costs for school districts, cities, counties and other public employers is on a trajectory to skyrocket next year andremain high […]

Invest Wisely in Education: Oregon Business Plan Update

By |March 21st, 2013|

The Ways and Means Co-Chair’s budget includes a significant increase in funding for education, as does the Republican budget. There is also significant movement on the policy front.

The Legislature’s education committees have been hearing a number of education proposals endorsed by the Oregon Business Plan to help students achieve greater education attainment. A bill to […]

House Votes for Jobs on the Bridge. Now It’s Up to the Senate

By |February 28th, 2013|

Replacing the I-5 bridge across the Columbia River is our biggest opportunity to create thousands of Oregon jobs in the near term and to enhance our export-based economy as a job engine well into the future.  Underscoring that point, the Oregon House passed HB 2800 last week on a 46-10 vote to authorize Oregon’s share of the […]

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%).

Your Online Resource for Economic Policy-Making Just Got Better

By |December 18th, 2012| is now updated with the latest videos, presentations and policy proposals from the 10th Oregon Leadership Summit, plus new tools that show why it’s so important to grow businesses and jobs.

It’s been just two weeks since the Leadership Summit, but let’s not lose sight of the major opportunities to create jobs and raise incomes that […]

Special Session Affirms Oregon’s Commitment to Growing Good Jobs

By |December 18th, 2012|

The exemplary work the Oregon Legislature has just completed in its one day special session could well result in 12,500 new high-paying jobs by the end of the decade (read our earlier message about this opportunity here).

Oregonians owe a great debt of gratitude to our Governor and bipartisan Legislature for stepping up and taking advantage […]