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Oregon Business Development Leaders Discuss Jobs for Oregonians With Legislators

Oregon Business Development Leaders Meet with Senate President Courtney, House Speaker Hunt, Majority Leaders Devlin and Nolan and Minority Leader Hanna. photo

(SALEM, Ore.) - 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.

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.

"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.

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.

"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.

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.

"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."

The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department works 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.

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minerx February 20, 2009 2:02 am (Pacific time)

Kulongoski doesn't get it, at all. His workforce isn't highly educated, his innovation is paralyzed and his position as a recognized leader in the 21st century economy is stupid. As a Pacific Rim state, his subservience to Washington and California is unforgivable and his political acumen is demonstrated only by utter and complete failure. Ted isn't qualified, physically or mentally to work for me, ever. Yet I could work for one of his agencies in ten minutes. Arnold might be able to work for an hour, but only because he's more fit and has the Kennedy family to retire upon and couldn't care less about his performance anyway. The state of Washington doesn't really have a leader at all, so we only have to care about their most successful businesses and merchants like Microsoft and Boeing. So bring out the clown suits Ted. Dress them in Quixotic windmills and sun suits like the ancient Egyptians. Bury yourself in a pyramid for all I care and call it stimulus spending and employment opportunity. Building your pyramid would, after all, employ thousands of out-of-work Oregonians. Go for it!

minerx February 19, 2009 10:13 pm (Pacific time)

These people are employed telling people how to get employed. They have no clue. The same jargon is spoken in every nation around the globe, yet these idiots are depending upon the "intelligence" of U.S. products to carry the economy. Not very smart. Who're you going to sell them to? Us? The plan works well so long as you can keep the rest of the planet dumb.

ChrisJones February 18, 2009 12:27 pm (Pacific time)

It's funny our state is so hostile towards business they need to have this "The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department" wine and dine+hand out bribes and kickbacks. I bet they were down here begging for money at the capitol too. How much are these "job protectors and creators" costing us and what does Oregon get out of it? Sounds pretty shady to me.

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