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COVER STORY / There’s a buzz in the air as the city prepares to host the largest sporting event in the world in three short years. And, while many of the private and public projects underway are not directly associated with the event, there’s an excitement and urgency to make Eugene the best it can be for everyone to see. Photography by Quip.

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BUILDING A LEGACY Public and private projects are underway that promise to provide jobs, ignite the economy and build community.

20X21EUG MURAL PROJECT Color and collaboration: the city aims to create 20 or more world-class outdoor murals by the 2021 IAAF World Championships.

BUSINESS OR PLEASURE The countless attributes that make Eugene the perfect place to live and work also make it a traveler’s dream come true, and that’s good for business.

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OUR COMMUNITY MEMBER VOICE Are you ready to welcome the world to Eugene? Tap in, get involved and prepare your business for 2021.

QUERY & QUOTES Scott Altenhoff of Eugene Parks and Open Space hopes to plant a seed about climate change in the process of planting 2,021 trees in Eugene to offset projected carbon emissions that come with hosting the largest sporting event in the world. And, Greg Ausland of Ausland Group discusses the company’s design-build process and how it benefits clients, from planning and architecture to engineering and construction.

SECTOR STRATEGIES Food + Beverage, Tech and Manufacturing: happenings and what’s on the horizon. MOVERS & SHAKERS By taking a three-prong approach to overhaul Eugene Young Professionals, through revamped programming, thoughtful content and mindful networking events, young professionals are reaping the benefits of a value-added Eugene YP.

YOUR CHAMBER POLICY INSIGHT Dig deep and raise your voice on issues that matter to you, as we tackle the many projects and initiatives that will turn our 2021 dreams into realities. CHAMBER VISIONARIES President and CEO of Summit Bank Craig Wanichek and Vice President

Scott Lindstrom, Vice-Chair, Organizational Development, Exec. Vice President, Jerry’s Home Improvement Center Cale Bruckner, Vice-Chair, Economic Development President, Concentric Sky Thomas Pettus-Czar, Vice-Chair, Business Advocacy Owner, The Barn Light Amanda Walkup Partner, Hershner Hunter, LLP Betsy Boyd Assoc. VP of Fed. Affairs, University of Oregon Casey Barrett Vice President, Obie Companies Cheryl Boyum CEO, Cascade Health Solutions Chad Barczak CEO, IDX Broker

of Obie Companies Casey Barrett on the benefits of investing in employees and community.

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HERE & THERE Snapshots of events, happenings and goings-on that reflect our Chamber and our ever-changing business community.

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BIZZ BUZZ Promotions, new hires and news you can use.

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A QUICK NOTE Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Brittany Quick Warner believes there’s something to be said for playing to your strengths: embrace them and be bold.

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the area. And, the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

By Tiffany Edwards, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce


In July, I attended a national conference for the Association of

In preparation for Oregon21, there will be a significant need for

Chamber of Commerce Executives. In one of the breakout discussions,

support from the business community for transportation projects and

we were asked to share the business advocacy issues that we would be

other infrastructure. State funding from the legislature to ensure the

focusing on in the coming year.

transient lodging tax dollars are appropriated where they’re needed

I listened intently as participants discussed their very diverse business-

will require advocacy. Public safety needs, specifically concentrated in

community challenges – everything from housing and homelessness

downtown Eugene, will require resources in order to be met, and other

to natural disaster recovery and healing from tragedies like school and

downtown policy initiatives will need support. Wouldn’t it be great if,

police shootings. While we share some of these challenging issues

within the next three years, we could turn downtown Eugene into a

with the rest of the nation, I chose to share some of the exciting and

place that truly feels safe and welcoming for all, so the world can see

transformational initiatives for which our region is currently embarking.

what a collaborative, unique and special community we’ve built?


What can you do to participate in shaping these critical decisions

This event will be here before we know it. While the ride may not be perfectly smooth, it will be exciting and full of hope and opportunity, none the less. Eugene has a reputation and history of strong debate and diversity of values, which is why it’s imperative that the business community continues to dig into these issues and use our voices to make our opinions and hopes clear for the many projects and initiatives along the way. We must be active participants in the public process to ensure success, not only for this monumental event but for the economic development efforts that will move us into the future. Many things are planned to be completed or well-underway by 2021. The EWEB Riverfront Redevelopment and Riverfront Park is expected to be far enough along in the process for locals and visitors, alike, to be reaping the benefits of this public-private partnership by the summer of 2021. The 5th Street Market Expansion and its new Gordon Hotel will host visitors and draw shoppers, sightseers and sports fans to

should be up and running by 2021. But these are just the beginning.

that will set the course for the future of Eugene? First, get informed. Pay attention to the news and current events. Second, subscribe to newsletters, other communications and social media tools that are providing information. Email me at tiffanye@eugenechamber.com, to be included on the distribution list for updates and details on the Chamber’s advocacy efforts. Lastly, become active in the efforts of the Chamber and our many partners by submitting letters to the editor, letters, emails, public testimony and other communications to city councilors, legislators, neighborhood leaders and other decision makers. There’s no doubt, this is just the beginning of a long and potentially bumpy road. Luckily, the destination is well worth the effort.

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GIVING TO THE COMMUNITY PAYS OFF IN BIG WAYS By Chamber Visionary Craig Wanichek, President & CEO of Summit Bank The most influential people are the ones who leave behind great legacies, live on through their values, principles, philosophies and achievements. Many legacies are born in Eugene. The Hult Center, Oregon Festival of American Music, and the Oregon Bach Festival were all created by passionate community members. The first Nike running shoe was made in Eugene. Steve Prefontaine, who achieved American records in seven different distance track events, inspired our town to become known as “TrackTown, USA”, which led to our community being chosen as the first USA-based host of the IAAF World Championships to be held in 2021. Summit Bank was also created in Eugene. It was formed by a group of local, independent entrepreneurs and high-achieving business leaders who believed in making their own legacy. As a local business, we believe that one of the greatest legacies we can

the City of Eugene “Bold Steps” program, which honors Eugene-based

create are happy, thriving colleagues. We recruit from and partner

sustainable businesses.

with the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business and

Another way we can leave a legacy is by taking care of our community.

Northwest Christian University to find talent for our company. We

At Summit, we pay our colleagues to take time off to volunteer for

strive to provide a great workplace for our employees. We think we’re

nonprofits and arts organizations for which they are passionate. As a

on the right track, as we were recognized for the second year in a row

company, we match charitable donations that our colleagues make to

as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon.

organizations that matter to them.

We can all leave a legacy to help our community be a sustainable

As a community-based business, we continue to identify and act on

place to do business. For Summit, we decided our greatest sustainable

ways to create a powerful community that will last for generations. Our

contribution means partnering with BRING to become Rethink

pledge is to continue to be the local community bank for businesses

certified. This year, Summit Bank was also recognized as a finalist for

and professionals in Lane County.


Read more from our Chamber Visonaries and others in our Chamber at Work section at www.EugeneChamber.com

Thank you to the 2018 Chamber Visionaries: Anne Marie Levis, Funk/Levis & Associates Casey Barrett, Obie Companies Celeste Edman, Lunar Logic Chris Boone, Boone Insurance Associates Craig Wanichek, Summit Bank Ron Neumann, Oregon Community Credit Union


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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE By Chamber Visionary Casey Barrett, Vice President of Obie Companies I’ve had the good fortune of working directly with a man I consider a tremendous visionary – Brian Obie, president of Obie Companies and my grandfather. Since I was 13 years old, I’ve worked in the family business, starting with sweeping floors and now, almost two decades later, as vice president and co-developer of the 5th Street Public Market Expansion. Through my grandfather, I’ve seen the power of community and the Chamber’s role in it. That’s why I wanted to serve on the Chamber board and why we’re all working so hard to bring this Market Expansion project to fruition. Like the Chamber, this project builds and creates community. The project includes The Gordon Lofts, a 127-unit apartment building. Housing is new for our company and the construction environment is challenging right now. But it’s a risk we’re willing to take, because we think it’s important to the health of our city’s downtown. We’re equally excited to be partnering with Homes for Good on their 55-unit apartment building, just west of The Gordon Hotel site. Homes for Good provides the affordable housing component to go along with our market-rate apartments, helping to give downtown Eugene the diverse housing mix it currently lacks. As a new father, I know my vision for the future and my role in it is evolving and changing. I’m looking out over a longer horizon and

thinking about the world and the community that I want for raising my son. A baby adds a whole new dimension to life and gives me a new perspective on the work we do. It makes me more committed than ever to finding ways to facilitate growth and still maintain the elements of this community that we all treasure.

Join us in creating the best-possible future for our community. Spread the word using #ChamberEvolved

Together, we’re shaping the future of our community. A well-planned transportation system supports a thriving community. You’re invited to provide input on five major transportation corridors at the following open house events: 30th Ave. to LCC Corridor - Mon., Sept. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. River Rd. Corridor - Tues., Sept. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave. Coburg Rd. & MLK Jr. Blvd. Corridors - Wed., Sept. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monroe Middle School, 2800 Bailey Ln. Highway 99 Corridor - Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Willamette High School, 1801 Echo Hollow Rd. Can’t attend these events? Share your thoughts via our online open house through Oct. 10 at MovingAhead.org. A project of the City of Eugene and Lane Transit District MovingAhead.org



IS YOUR BUSINESS READY FOR OREGON21? By Jeannine Erving, TrackTown USA Incredibly, our state and community are three

What does Oregon21 mean for your business?

land on their list for future travel (and big

short years away from welcoming the world in

It could mean a lot. Ideally, businesses

spending). If you are inspired to show our

2021. We were awarded the honor of hosting

would be considering not only the potential

guests this wonderful place – where we live,

of the IAAF World Championships Oregon21,

economic impact, but the global platform

work and play – hopefully, you’re galvanized

the crown jewel of the sport of track and field.

provided by this once-in-a-lifetime event, and

to take action.

It is the third-largest sporting event in the world behind the Olympic Games and FIFA

how we might make advancements that will leave a lasting legacy.

Consider the impact; reach out the Oregon21 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) to get

World Cup. Neither the Olympics nor World

Ponder the potential for our region, how our

involved; and ready your business to capitalize

Cup occur in 2021, making Oregon21 the

community will build excitement, and how

on this opportunity. The Oregon21 LOC will

largest sporting event in the world that year

our local food, wine, and craft beer vendors

deliver the championships with certain-to-be-

and the first time ever to be hosted in the

will wow visitors. Hotels will be teeming.

unforgettable athletic performances, while

United States. This is a countdown for all

Contractors, engineers and electricians will

you do whatever your business does best –

citizens, not just sports fans and for Chamber

be needed. Medical specialists will be caring

collectively, let’s all be ready to welcome the

members – it is a call to action.

for athletes. And, local technicians will

world to our home.

If you attended the 2016 Olympic Trials, imagine that experience but bigger, and

be assisting in delivering an international broadcast.

now in a spectacular, state-of-the-art facility

The global cumulative television audience

at Hayward Field – accommodating some

for the 2017 IAAF World Championships

30,000 spectators. Imagine up to 214

in London was 940 million viewers. Now,

participating countries, 2,000 athletes and

picture our name, Oregon21, aired on

3,000 media outlets, all descending upon the

television broadcasts and social media

state. And of course, imagine the spectators,

channels, viewed by billions in countries

with approximately 60 percent of visitors

around the world. For those unable to make

traveling from outside Oregon.

the trip for the event, our state may now


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To be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in some way, or to tell us how your business is preparing, email Jeannine Erving, Oregon21 LOC, jeannine@gotracktownusa.com.




PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy of Ausland Group

TELL US ABOUT AUSLAND GROUP. WHAT BROUGHT YOU INTO DOING BUSINESS IN EUGENE? Headquartered in Grants Pass, Ausland Group provides design-build services, which means we integrate planning, architecture and engineering with construction, all under one roof, for commercial projects. To us, success means more than just “on-time and on-budget.” We believe in bringing worldclass innovation and integration to locally scaled development projects. Our heritage spans three generations and is 70-years strong. We are proud of our heavy construction history and our unparalleled commitment to innovation and client success. I grew up in Eugene and worked for Ausland on projects as a teenager, which inspired my education and 30-year career in engineering. In 2014, I opened Ausland’s Eugene office to meet the demand here. I felt that my community, where I grew up, was well poised for an integrated design-build practice. Today, Ausland employs about 100. Our offices in Ashland and Eugene have about 10 employees, and we’re growing. I’m thrilled to be leading one of the most innovative and integrated teams in our region. WHAT MAKES YOUR ORGANIZATION UNIQUE? The architecture, engineering and construction worlds are typically siloed. Our design-build model provides a collaborative flow, from land-use planning, design, permitting, bidding and construction, which is unique. This collaboration between project disciplines facilitates client advocacy through inbuilt cost controls, reduced risk, timely delivery assurance and quality controls. We also provide typical commercial construction and engineering services, as well. WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION THAT MAKES YOU PARTICULARLY PROUD? Our culture. We thrive on a culture that celebrates technical proficiency and fosters client advocacy. For the Eugene staff, I have an internal vision: Listen to the client, think out of the box, work hard, mobilize our skills, and have fun along the way. This was on display when we delivered Venue 252 in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene. The project re-purposed a 20,000-SF


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historic planing mill into a burnished event center in 90 days. As you walk through the doors of our Eugene office, you realize you have walked into something special. We have created an environment where professionals are empowered to problem solve and technical competence is celebrated. A culture of trust and advocacy is infused into everything we do. We have developed a cohesive team that cares about helping their clients achieve their vision. Our main priority is to maintain and continue to foster this work environment and culture. WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HORIZON FOR EUGENE ARE YOU AND YOUR TEAM MOST EXCITED ABOUT? We are excited to be part of the sustainable growth of this community. Across the company, we have more than 50 diverse projects in various stages, ranging from a new boutique lodge, to breweries, to school renovations. I am most inspired by the energy around creating a thriving downtown in Eugene, reconnecting it to the riverfront and the IAAF Track and Field World Championships in 2021. The opportunities that are presenting themselves now are some of the most exciting in generations. At Ausland Group, we are hungry to be part of creating a vibrant city and building a lasting future. HOW DO YOU SEE THE CHAMBER IMPACTING YOUR BUSINESS OR THE EUGENE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT? The Chamber provides great opportunities for members to make valuable connections. We are very appreciative that the Chamber is here, as a resource, to share our vision and help connect us to the community that can benefit from our expertise. We also appreciate the opportunity to give back to Eugene and that the Chamber provides multiple avenues for businesses to make our community sustainable and vital. Ausland Group provides design-build services and integrates planning, architecture and engineering with construction, all under one roof. To see some of their local projects, visit: AuslandGroup.com


LASTING LEGACY 2021 FOR 2021: TREES TO OFFSET EMISSIONS QUOTED: Scott Altenhoff, Eugene Parks and Open Space

PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy of the City of Eugene

TELL US ABOUT 2021 FOR 2021: WHAT IS THE PROJECT AND HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH IT? The 2021 for 2021 project is a community-wide tree-planting and green infrastructure initiative led by Eugene Parks and Open Space. Our objective is to plant 2021 giant sequoia trees in advance of the IAAF World Track & Field Championships – when the eyes of the world will be upon us – in order to offset some of the associated carbon emissions. We hope to engage the community, raise public awareness about climate change, and highlight the critical role that green infrastructure play in addressing them. Strategic investments in green infrastructure are one of the most enduring and cost-effective things that cities can do to promote community well-being and prosperity. With this initiative, we can make our region more attractive, resilient to natural disasters, and conducive to long-term health and well-being. HOW WILL THIS OFFSET THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF THE IAFF 2021 TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS? As trees grow, they take up remarkable amounts of CO2 and sequester it in their tissues. If we plant a sufficient number of the right types of trees in the right places, and keep them alive and growing, we can make a significant difference and leave an enduring legacy. In addition, the trees will produce considerable shade (reducing energy costs for cooling) and filter harmful particulate matter from the air (aiding human health and helping to promote walking and biking). HOW DO YOU SEE THIS PROJECT HELPING TO BUILD A LEGACY FOR EUGENE? We’d like to show the world that it is possible to build and operate sustainable cities and meet triple-bottom-line requirements. It’s hard to fathom just how much these games will elevate our economy and international reputation. If we pull together as a community and work hard on shared, long-term goals, we can really set our region up for long-term prosperity. Numerous studies

have shown that investments in green infrastructure are one of the smartest investments that cities can make. HOW CAN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HELP SUPPORT THIS PROJECT? The business community can help support it in a number of ways. A great first step would be to fully embrace the triple-bottom-line. Secondly, learn about the concepts of green infrastructure (GI) and low-impact development (LID) and consider how these concepts could be employed. This could be as simple as figuring out where a few trees could be planted, but also might include some rain gardens or bioswales. Lastly, we are accepting donations to offset costs and would be grateful for any financial assistance, which would qualify as a charitable donation. HOW CAN THE CHAMBER HELP SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE? The Chamber can support this initiative by continuing its great work to build stronger connections and collaboration among the commercial/business sector and the various other sectors in our region (e.g., governmental, education, healthcare, nonprofit, etc.). If we are going to achieve great things and address the challenges that face us as a community, it’s going to “take a village.” We will need to tap into the power of collective impact. We view the Chamber as a shining example of a highly effective backbone support agency.

Urban Forestry staff with young sequoias at the City of Eugene Public Works Yard. Students from Camas Ridge Elementary School planting sequoias next to Amazon Dog Park with nonprofit partners, Friends of Trees and Partners for Sustainable Schools.

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Vibrant sector strategies, committed partnerships and inspired community leadership are helping to drive the growth of targeted industries and our regional economy. The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the Lane County Sector Strategies team. Each quarter, we’ll learn from the partners moving this work forward.

Senior Regional Associate at Agriculture Capital Tyson Davies, right, connects with UO students at Food Business Unpacked.

Kim Johnson gives RAIN Eugene mentor Sean Johnson a tour of Bohemia Food Hub. Young organic hazelnut trees planted at My Brothers Farm in Creswell.


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Left to Right: Corey Thomas, managing director at RUN AMZ; Larry McGrath, sales manager at Brew Dr. Kombucha; Nadine McCrindle, marketing director at Picky Bars; Marty Parisien, co-founder of Singing Dog Vanilla. (Photo by Athena Delene)



Increased connectivity between industry members has spurred the launch of new projects that will further solidify Eugene as a food and beverage manufacturing hub. Kim Gibson Clark, CEO of Coconut Bliss summarizes this well: “The strength, unity and collaboration that we foster on a local level sets us up for success on a national and global level.” The University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) recently concluded that Eugene’s core has several critical ingredients to create an Innovation District based on Brookings Institute definitions. The food and beverage industry is one of the principal anchors to this activity. Industry is gathering around efforts to establish a Southern Willamette Valley Food Business Development Center in downtown Eugene. The center is envisioned as a hub that will accelerate launch and scaling of local food companies. Open spaces are another important part of this discussion. Collaborations are building around edible landscaping projects in downtown Eugene. This winter, students at the University of Oregon will work with Eugene Parks and Open Spaces to explore private/public partnership opportunities. The sector is buzzing with activity in rural areas of Lane County, as well. Bohemia Food Hub in Cottage Grove continues to grow. Renovations are supporting core tenants, including Real Live Foods, Sohr Performance, and Hot Winter Hot Sauce, while other emerging brands begin utilizing the space. “Ever since joining the movement at Bohemia Food Hub, my business has continued to pick up momentum and gain visibility,” says Joey Jaraczewski, CEO of Sohr Foods. Local organic hazelnut farmers formed an organization to support deeper collaborations, including a cooperative organic processing facility. The project is catching the community’s attention. Taylor Larson, of My Brothers Farm in Creswell says, “The Organic Hazelnut Growers Association gets contacted constantly by folks who are excited about going organic. They want to know that they’ll have reliable processing options and market outlets before making the leap – that’s what we’re working so hard to secure.”

The Lane County Sector Strategy Team (LCSST) is a team of professionals representing workforce development, economic development, business and education. The LCSST works collectively, in an effort to better support critical industries in Lane County. We believe we can achieve more and have a greater impact in our community by working together. For more, visit: bit.ly/2PhYKpU

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Eugene’s tech community continues to celebrate record growth.


A thousand job seekers, technology enthusiasts, and students will tour tech companies in downtown Eugene on Sept. 20. This annual event is the largest of its kind in Oregon and offers a unique opportunity for the public to see the products and meet the people behind greater Eugene’s fastest growing industry: technology. Three years ago, this event marked the definitive critical-mass moment for the region’s burgeoning tech sector. Since that time, dozens more tech companies have expanded here and average annual wages have increased to more than $74,000. Companies set to participate this year include new downtown Eugene arrivals Inseego, Sentinel One, and STEALTHbits.

Favorites from last year that are returning include: Pipeworks Studio, Sheer ID Software, AHM Brands, IDX, Bell & Funk, Concentric Sky and Arcimoto. In addition to tech company participation, organizations that can help individuals get the skills necessary to access highdemand jobs at tech companies will also be participating. Apprenti, the first registered tech apprenticeship program in the nation will be there to share information. Representatives will also be on hand from Elevate Lane County. This past summer, as part of the Elevate program, Sentinel One and other local Technology Association of Oregon member companies hosted high school teachers and students for internships. The Elevate program is building

capacity in local high schools to help students get the skills they need to unlock careers in the tech industry. Tech Tours will kick-off on Sept. 20, at 5:10 p.m., at Kesey Square with an address from Mayor Lucy Vinis and Jake Weatherly, CEO of SheerID and local TAO board chair. Registered event participants will then be able to tour local tech companies until 8 p.m., followed by an after-party at Level-Up Arcade, hosted by IDX. Registration and more information about Tech Tours can be found at https://bit.ly/2uzbLUj

Over the last year, nearly two dozen new tech companies have established roots in Eugene & Springfield. Sector Strategy efforts have helped the local workforce access an incredible number of new, high-paying local job opportunities at these companies, which have an average annual pay of $74,343.


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Lane Community’s new six-month stackable programs are adding flexibility to career and technical training, improving the workforce pipeline.


Growth continues to drive demand for workforce development in our local manufacturing sector. It’s clear that what we have now is not sufficient to meet our future needs. Fortunately for Lane County, partners are continuing to work together to find innovative ways to prepare our future workforce. Lane Education Service District (ESD) has hired a new Regional Career and Technical Education (CTE) coordinator, Shareen Vogel, to renew efforts to tailor CTE programming to the needs of local industry. This program will embrace the success of the Elevate program and model itself after the current STEM hub, implemented by Heidi Larwick of Connnected Lane County. New opportunities for job shadows, industry

tours, internships, externships and advisory committees will be available.

hires students, employers can help employees meet their educational goals.

“Shareen is deeply committed to working with education and industry partners to support all our young people in the attainment of highly skilled careers of the 21st century,” says Carlos Sequeira Executive Director of Instruction, Equity, Partnerships for Lane ESD.

“Here at Lane, we are working to streamline our programs into stackable sub-units to allow greater flexibility for completion. This is part of our larger efforts to incorporate a Guided Pathways approach that connects learning from high school to career,” says Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Paul E. Jarrell, PhD.

New leadership at Lane Community College is making improvements to the CTE program to grow educational opportunities and provide students with relevant job skills. New offerings include stackable six-month certificates that allow students to meet milestones and have the flexibility of being employed, without negatively impacting the goal of a two-year certificate. The hope is that as industry

Better integration in the K-12 and community college systems build an improved pipeline in CTE. Innovations, like dual certification, new CTE classes, advisory panels, and increased industry access to students, is creating the workforce of the future.

“Here at Lane, we are working to streamline our programs into stackable subunits to allow greater flexibility for completion. This is part of our larger efforts to incorporate a Guided Pathways approach that connects learning from high school to career.” – Paul E. Jarrell, Ph.D., Vice President Academic and Student Affairs

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Our growing community is presenting incredible opportunity for legacy development. As we look to our future, the chance to build on our past achievements and cultivate regional prosperity is tremendous.

Rendering courtesy of Obie Companies.

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From private/public infrastructure developments, like the Market District expansion and redevelopment of our riverfront to community-led projects, like a new YMCA and a Midtown Arts Center, and the robust University District development, our region is preparing to make its mark as an epicenter for innovation and creativity.  >

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MARKET DISTRICT EXPANSION A vibrant urban core has far-reaching economic implications for our entire region. With the expansion of the Market District, the potential to increase engagement in downtown is enormous. The Market District plans include The Gordon Hotel, an 83-room boutique hotel, The Gordon Lofts, a 127-unit apartment building, 40,000-square-feet of commercial space and 50 units of workforce housing in partnership with Homes for Good. Construction will begin in January with completion expected in 2020. The team at Obie Companies has a clear vision for creating a vibrant urban neighborhood. “We understand what makes the 5th Street Public Market a destination. Now is the right time to build upon that strength. We recognize


the need for downtown housing, presenting us with an opportunity to serve the greater community,” says Casey Barrett, vice president of Obie Companies. The 5th Street Market and Inn at the 5th certainly attract visitors, but the development also works to infuse opportunity for locals. “The vast majority of our shops and eateries are owned by local Eugeneans. When you support the tenants in the Market District, those dollars are staying in our community,” says Barrett. Thanks to strong community, business support and dedicated elected officials, the Obie redevelopment project has already overcome initial barriers and is ready to move forward. >

The transformation of vacant blocks into a thriving Market District will positively contribute to the economic prosperity of downtown and surrounding areas. In June, dozens of Chamber members and business leaders engaged Eugene City Councilors and successfully advocated for this project to move forward. Rendering courtesy of Obie Companies. Photos by Quip.

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RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT With a blend of public and private investments, the

The development includes a new riverfront park with

collaborative venture of developing the riverfront will

connections to the regional trail system; a riverfront

create an active mixed-use urban neighborhood.

plaza with a destination restaurant; and a variety of

“We were pleased to enter an exclusive negotiating agreement with the City of Eugene last summer, which gave us the chance to work with our design partner, SERA Architects of Portland, in close collaboration with city staff, to create a refined site plan consistent with the

market-rate and affordable homes. The 1930s-era steam plant would be renovated to preserve the area’s historic character. Encompassing approximately 16.5 acres, the neighborhood would be developed in phases, with key elements completed in time for 2021.

city’s long-term goals, particularly those articulated in its

The infrastructure investment and approximately $100

2010 Master Plan,” says Jim Atkins, principal at Williams/

million in private capital investment in the district will

Dame & Atkins Development.

create short- and long-term jobs and generate new tax

Williams/Dame & Atkins Development has successfully

revenues that will benefit everyone in Eugene. >

completed projects in Portland’s South Waterfront and Pearl districts, as well as in south Los Angeles. Their focus on understanding the community and market realities adds to our confidence that the project will be met with both creativity and enthusiasm.

After decades of involvement from the business community and championing the redevelopment of this critical riverfront property, capable developers were selected, and Eugene City Councilors approved deal points that will help our community see this project come to fruition. Renderings courtesy of the City of Eugene.

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MIDTOWN ARTS CENTER Eugene Ballet, in partnership with local philanthropist Alex Haugland, are building the new Midtown Arts Center. This facility will support the administrative offices and rehearsal facilities for Eugene Ballet and eight of Eugene’s leading non-profit arts organizations, including Chamber Music Amici, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Opera, Instaballet, Lane Arts Council, Orchestra Next, Oregon Mozart Players, and Pacific International Choral Festivals. “Pairing a thriving arts and culture hub with new housing helps supports the current need for housing in the heart of Eugene,” says Josh Neckels, executive director at Eugene Ballet. “It will also create a solid foundation for these nonprofit arts groups that function both as attractive incentives for new businesses and investments in Eugene.” Scheduled for completion in 2020, this 30,000-square-foot center will serve as the heart of the larger project, which will include 40 market rate condominiums. The new Midtown Arts Center will provide space to create more than 20 new nonprofit arts jobs. In addition, nearly 200 employees and contractors will be utilized during the construction of the facility. Once completed, the Midtown Arts Center will draw 500+ students and their families to classes, and 70+ residents will increase activity at nearby businesses. >

The Eugene Ballet is raising the funds necessary to purchase and build out the portion of the building allocated for the New Midtown Arts Center. Pledge your support by contacting Lisa Bostwick at 541485-3992 or lisa@eugeneballet.org. Renderings courtesy of Midtown Arts Center.

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economic activity, which will support more than 1,300

Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is an

jobs. When fully operational, the Knight Campus will

ambitious $1 billion initiative to fast-track scientific

drive nearly $80 million in annual economic activity

discoveries into innovations. The project aims to

and support more than 750 jobs. The Knight Campus

reshape higher education by fostering stronger ties

will position our region as a creative powerhouse for

across disciplines and within industries to expedite

scientific discovery and innovation.

scientific innovation. This approach will create new educational opportunities, spin-off technologies and companies, and improve quality of life across the globe. The Knight Campus is attracting national attention

“The Knight Campus will serve as a launch point for incubating new Oregon-based companies and as a training ground for a new generation of scientific entrepreneurs.” says Henley. >

for its innovative approach to engaging and growing a new generation of scientists. “The Knight Campus is a game-changer for the UO, for Eugene and even for the state; and its impact will continue to grow and expand in the coming years,” says Kyle Henley, vice president of University Communications. During peak construction, the Knight Campus will

To further catalyze discovery and scientific impact, OHSU President Joe Robertson and UO President Michael Schill have called for increased partnerships between OHSU and UO faculty. Three areas are currently being explored: research collaborations, educational programs and administrative policies. Renderings courtesy of UO.

directly contribute about $100 million in annual



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When we give to others, we make our community a better place. At Mercedes-Benz of Eugene, we are proud to support the work of several local organizations that provide care, compassion and opportunity to people in Lane County. These include The Relief Nursery, Volunteers in Medicine, Bridgeway House, University of Oregon, The Shedd Institute and many more.

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HAYWARD FIELD When the eyes of the world are on Eugene during the IAAF World Championships of 2021, they’ll be focused on the athletes and a new state-of-the-art track and field stadium. The renovation of Hayward Field will set a new standard by creating a world-class sports venue, training and competition facility. “When complete, Hayward Field will be nothing less than the finest track and field facility in the world, emblematic of the risk-takers and innovators who have made Oregon great,” said Michael H. Schill, president and professor of law at the University of Oregon. The intent is to honor the strong heritage of Hayward Field. The new stadium boasts an increase in capacity with 12,500 seats and an additional expansion of up to 30,000. Fully funded by private donors, with a lead gift by Phil and Penny Knight, the new field broke ground this summer and will be complete by spring, in time for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, which was awarded to Eugene in August. >


Runners, jumpers and throwers, hoping to add to the 20 world records set at Hayward Field, will enjoy state-of-the-art locker rooms, practice spaces and athletic medicine rooms. Students and researchers in the Department of Human Physiology will make groundbreaking discoveries in new laboratory and classroom spaces. Renderings courtesy of UO.


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EUGENE FAMILY YMCA The Y has been supporting our community since 1887. During that time, it has been a trusted resource for healthy living, youth development and communitybuilding. It’s also the largest provider of after-school childcare in Lane County. The existing facility is more than 60-years-old and averages more than 21,000 visits a month. Having outgrown its space, the Y is embarking on a legacy project to build a 65,000-square-foot facility that will double its capacity to provide services and subsidize


critical health and education programs.


The new Y will include a flexible floor plan with an array of wellness and exercise rooms, an indoor aquatic center, pre-school classrooms, and a multi-generational

Long-term advantages to the overall health of the

activity center. The new building will help the Y fulfill

community will improve workforce contributions to

its mission of providing health and wellness and youth

our economy.

programs for all. “At the Y, we believe in relentless innovation. Your Y will continue to innovate to ensure we are influencing today’s youth and individuals to help create tomorrow’s

Eugene is on the edge of substantial opportunity. It’s how we come together to thoughtfully manage growth and cultivate culture that will establish a legacy for years to come. 

best Eugene,” says Eugene YMCA CEO Brian Steffen. Short-term economic gains include employing local workers on a significant construction project, while concurrently employing 300+ individuals with Y-related work.


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Influence the Capital Campaign for the NEW Y right now. Contact Lisa MacMaster at lmacmaster@eugeneymca.org or 541-686-9622. For more information about the project, visit newymca.org. Renderings courtesy of Eugene Family YMCA. Photos by Quip.

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A boy napping in the tall grass with his hound. Tigers as wispy as smoke scaling an enormous red expanse. A couple dancing in black in white. The face of pioneering track and field athlete Jesse Owens, multifaceted like a diamond. These are just some of the stories told in paint on the walls of downtown Eugene. These stories didn’t exist a few years ago. They grew out of the 20x21EUG Mural Project, an initiative of the City of Eugene Cultural Services Public Art Program and are funded in part by the City of Eugene Parking Program. The vision? To create at least 20 murals by internationally renowned artists before the 2021 IAAF World Championships, the biggest sporting event Eugene has ever hosted. “If Eugene is this place where there are world-class sporting events, there’s no reason it couldn’t be a place for world-class art,” says Thomas Pettus-Czar, owner of The Barn Light and a key player in the 20x21EUG Mural Project.  >

Top Left: Hailing from the United Kingdom, Matt Small’s 8-by-8-foot portrait of African-American track and field legend Jesse Owens is a masterpiece of found pieces. Using recycled materials found at BRING, as well as wood from the recently dismantled Hayward Field, Small created a three-dimensional portrait unlike any other. Photo by Maricel Teague. Top Right: Eugene artist Ila Rose looks upon her two-sided work, painted onto the 40-foot-tall sawdust silo at Elevation Bouldering Gym at 348 W 3rd Ave. Geometric patterns and multiple hues ads depth and character to the figures portrayed on a dramatic green and yellow backdrop. Photo by Athena Delene. Bottom: Steven Lopez’s eye-catching mural on the WildCraft Cider Works warehouse at 254 Lincoln St. was unveiled in 2016. A University of Oregon graduate and now a resident of Los Angeles, Lopez seeks to discover the possibilities of utilizing wildlife as a stage for human interpretation. Photo by Athena Delene.


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Artists from places as far as Brazil, China, the Netherlands and New York have traveled to Eugene to leave their mark. So far, 18 large-scale murals have been completed. “It’s the best thing that has ever happened to Eugene,” says Bayne Gardner, a local muralist who completed his own 20x21 mural at the Falling Sky building at 13th and Willamette, in partnership with property owner Justin Bauer. “The city is really doing it right.” Gardner also participated in the second “20x21 Presents Eugene Walls,” a weeklong mural festival held at the end of July. Joining Gardner were artists Alexis Diaz of Puerto Rico, AIKO of Japan, and WK Interact of New York (by way of France), as well as legendary American photographer Martha Cooper, known for her images capturing the street art scene of 1970s and 80s New York City. Matthew Smalls arrived earlier in the summer to complete his multimedia mural of Jesse Owens on the wall of Urban Therapeutics off Willamette Street. Artist H11235 of Nepal, whose mural can be found on West 7th Avenue and Charnelton Streets, arrived after the festival, along with Afghanistani artist Shamsia Hassani, who created a mural at 24th and Willamette. Behind any citywide project is a dedicated team, which, in this case, in addition to Pettus-Czar and Bauer, is a committee made up of Paul Denis Godin of Katalyst Resolutions, Joseph Moore of GMA Architects, Debbie Williamson-Smith of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Jessica Watson of the Lane Arts Council and City of Eugene Public Art Manager Isaac Marquez. “What it’s really doing is elevating our art scene to new levels,” says Williamson-Smith, the communications director for the committee. She says the creative energy is contagious; businesses, such as Party Downtown, have been inspired to commission their own murals outside the project, and a Visual Arts Festival was held this July. “Art is begetting art.”


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Pettus-Czar is tasked with finding businesses and property owners to partner with artists and donate a wall for a canvas. “We always allow for the building owners to approve the image that goes up on their wall beforehand,” he says. The experience has been a positive one for these sponsors, as walls with murals typically don’t get tagged or covered in graffiti, a sort of code amongst artists. Many of these business sponsors develop friendships with their partner artists, some even hosting them in their own homes. “It’s been their gateway to art appreciation,” Pettus-Czar says. “Art is an important aspect of a healthy community,” he continues. “Generally, it’s what makes a community or city healthy and interesting. This kind of project – where you’re fostering artworks, which are typically on a massive scale, public art works, that anyone from any background, 24-7, can appreciate – is the best thing.” 

Top Left: Hua Tunan, from China, turned Vistra Framing and Gallery’s wall on West Fourth Avenue into a bright red canvas, in which he painted an epic battle between tigers and a dragon. He used dynamic brushstrokes and creative use of spray paint to depict motion and energy. Photo by Athena Delene. Top Right: Bayne Gardner, of Eugene, turned the corner of Willamette Street and East 13th Avenue into an urban art gallery using color, nature and Northwest flair. He is one of five artists who participated in the Eugene Walls week-long event in July of this year. Photo by Ben Schorzman. Middle: Artists from all over the world gathered together to celebrate at the 20x21 Artists Reception at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Left to Right: Justin Bauer, Bayne Gardner, Sally Levin, Martha Cooper, Alexis Diaz, Angel Lopes, Aiko and Stefan Ways. Photo by Athena Delane. Bottom: Businesses have also contributed artwork to the public landscape, like the Imagination Mural Project. Imagination International partners with schools and youth organizations and works with local muralist Bayne Gardner to create murals in the Eugene-Springfield area. Photo by Maricel Teague.

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When you live in a place that has so much to offer – natural splendor, sporting events, festivals and fairs, craftspeople and artists, locally sourced food and drink – it’s easy to take it for granted, as a part of daily life. But many of the factors that make Eugene a wonderful place to live and work also make it a vacationer’s wonderland. “The attributes that visitors support – our restaurants, our attractions and activities – are the things that we really enjoy as residents here, too,” says Kari Westlund, President and CEO of Travel Lane County, our nonprofit destination marketing organization. Travel Lane County markets our area – Eugene, Cascades & Coast – as a destination, not only for leisure travelers but for conferences, conventions and sporting events. “Tourism and hospitality serve all of the other industry sectors,” says Westlund. “This really comes to light when you think about meeting space; the ability to have dinners and functions, educational gatherings, scientific symposia, and facilitation around sporting events. You need to have hotels, you need to have meeting space, you need to have restaurants. Whether we’re visiting, or we live here, we’re using all those assets all the time.”


The economic impact of the travel and hospitality industry in Lane County is stunning. Last year, visitors accounted for $676 million in travel and hospitality spending, a sector which employs nearly 10,800 people. The industry has experienced steady growth over the past eight years and continues to bolster our local economy while encouraging development that’s beneficial for both visitors and residents alike. The University of Oregon is the largest generator of visitors with its conventions, sporting events, cultural institutions, music and theater programs, visits to see friends and family and more. As the university grows and expands its programs and offerings the number of visitors is expected to grow, as well. Another driver of tourism and hospitality growth is Eugene’s status as TrackTown USA and its ability to attract major track and field events. These large, sometimes multi-day events result in millions of dollars of visitor spending, an estimated $37 million for an Olympic Team Trials event, and generate substantial awareness of Eugene as a travel destination.



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In August 2021, Eugene will host the IAAF World Championships Oregon21, an international track and field event that occurs in a different city every two years. The event is expected to attract 2,000 participants from as many as 214 different countries, as well as tens of thousands of visitors, and will draw significant media attention.

There are dozens of ways businesses benefit from tourism, whether it’s directly, through visitor spending, or indirectly, through overall economic impact, increased trade opportunities, community development projects, or meeting and event space. All sectors can work together and reap the rewards of making Lane County a more attractive place to visit.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to introduce the Eugene area to the rest of the world,” says Westlund, adding that Travel Lane County’s work will coincide with a state-wide tourism marketing effort. According to Travel Oregon’s research, 59 percent of people who visit Oregon actively seek out Oregon-based products after they return home. Oregon21 is expected to be a catalyst not only for increased tourism to the state but for economic development around trade, as well. “We have a great opportunity to tell our story around our maker economy and the artisan-style goods that we create in this state,” says Westlund.

In preparation for Oregon21, consider ways that you can help create an international sense of welcome. For the community as a whole, Oregon21 is an opportunity for learning, community engagement, and relationship-building that will have a long-lasting impact both for residents and future visitors. 



Those who call the Eugene area home have

underway, were discussed at length in

much to be excited about in the coming

changemaker sessions and in panel

years. Major development projects are in the

settings. Local thought-leaders provided

works, and it doesn’t take much walking,

insights into the Phil and Penny Knight

biking or driving around Eugene to see the

Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact,

changes. It is apparent that the growth and

the Obie expansion project in downtown

change occurring now will significantly

Eugene, and the Riverfront Development

influence the legacy of our vibrant city.


Eugene’s growth has given rise to an

Becoming informed about these issues

evolution and maturation inside the

and projects is the first step for many of

Eugene Young Professionals group – a

us. With awareness comes choice and an

member-based networking and professional

opportunity to reflect on what each of us

development group supported by the

as individuals envisions for the future of

Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.


This summer marked the kick-off of a new

To borrow from the opening keynote

and improved YP group that is focused on

speaker at the 2018 YP Summit, Liz

encouraging young professionals in our

Bohannon, there comes a time when

community to get involved, get connected

planning must give way to doing – where

and play a part in helping Eugene realize

another step must be taken and those

its full potential. Through revamped

who feel so compelled need to spring into

programming, thoughtful content and

action. Many YPs have already taken that

mindful networking events, Eugene YP is

next step. Some by signing up to become

empowering young professionals to thrive

members of the new Eugene Young

in both their professional and personal lives. These changes were first felt at the 2018 Young Professionals Summit in June. Now in its third-year, the YP Summit provides a full-days’

Professionals group and others by lending their voice to issues they are passionate about at Eugene City Council meetings, through public testimony.

worth of content and activities built for young professionals with the

Eugene YP offers opportunities for young professionals to initiate

ultimate goal of providing the jumping-off point for attendees to learn,

positive change in our community – as they grow personally and, in

grow personally and professionally, and discover new ways to invest in

their careers – which is sure to leave a legacy.

the future of our community. This year, over 500 young professionals came together to discuss what’s ahead for Eugene. Topics, such as finding solutions for a more welcoming downtown and the various visionary development projects


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A community of collaborators, game-changers, movers and shakers: Here’s a look at this quarter’s Chamber happenings, as we work to build networks, move forward projects, and elevate both businesses and professionals. JOINT CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT // Each summer, the Eugene and Springfield Chambers join forces at the golf course. With fun Tee & Green sponsors, like Home2Suites, it’s a day that can’t get much better. YP SUMMIT // This year’s YP Summit drew more than 500 young, local professionals for a day of personal and professional development and community change-making. OAKWAY BLOCK PARTY // Over 300 professionals came out to experience the Block Party on Oakway’s Boulevard of Shops for our August Business After Hours. With grand openings, great food and even better networking, it was an event to remember. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS // What’s better than soaking up summer on the roof of the Skybar? Not much, according to the close to 400 professionals who joined up at the Hyatt Place in July. WE ARE YP // Thanks to an active and engaged committee of young professional volunteers, we held our largest YP Summit yet and launched new and innovative YP programs. For more, visit eugeneyp.com. JOINT CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT // Sponsors like Janie Anderson and Veronica Hastings from Security Monster really bring the fun to the Joint Chamber Golf Tournament. EXCITING KEYNOTES // This year’s YP Summit attendees were inspired by a keynote from Liz Bohanna, founder of Sseko Designs. Using her unlikely story of a journalist-turned-shoe-maker, Liz shared her passion for creative leadership, conscious consumerism and social enterprise. DREAM TEAM // Talk about a dream team, Mandy Jones of OCCU formerly, Anne Marie Levis of Funk Levis, Jennifer Solomon from Relief Nursery and the Chamber’s own Brittany Quick-Warner hit the golf course.

Don’t miss a minute, visit EugeneChamber.com for a calendar of events.


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PROMOTIONS & NEW HIRES PeaceHealth has announced the following: Jennifer Cannon, a nurse practitioner in family medicine, and Dr. Robert Moss, a

hospitalist with specialties in internal medicine and pulmonary critical care, at Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence; Tabitha Childers, nurse practitioner in family medicine at Cottage Grove Community Medical Center; Dr. Thomas Bugbee and nurse practitioners Andrea Louisell and Shannon Brecik to the urgent care team. Dr. Angela Zallen at RiverBend as a pediatric hospitalist. Kristen Lindeman, a nurse practitioner, on the pediatric surgery team at RiverBend Pavilion. Kaitlin Glaeser, a nurse practitioner at RiverBend’s intensive care unit. Dr. Karim Hussein has joined the cardiology team at RiverBend’s Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Sara Batya in the neurology department; Dr. Katrina Groves in the family medicine department at the Cottage Grove Community Medical Center. Dr. Nora Kirschner has joined the Peace Harbor Medical Center as a hospitalist; Dr. Hong Le has joined the Medical Group’s urgent care team; Nelda Ogden, a nurse practitioner, has joined the Medical Group’s geriatric department. Gina Owens, a nurse practitioner, has joined the Medical Group’s family medicine team at Peace Harbor Medical Center; Samantha “Sam” Paramore, a nurse practitioner, has joined the Sacred Heart Medical Center’s ICU department as an intensivist; Dr. Scott Russi has joined the Peace Harbor Medical Center as a relief general surgeon.

Sarah Kordon, CFP, CRPS, has joined Merriman Wealth Management as

a wealth advisor to provide comprehensive financial planning and investment management services to new and existing clients. Sarah is a Certified Financial Planner and Charted Retirement Plan Specialist with 18 of experience in financial services.

Aimee Butler, CFP, joined Merriman Wealth Management as a wealth

advisor. She has 15 years of financial planning experience and was previously branch manager and executive director of Practice Development Consulting at Waddell & Reed in Eugene.


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The ShelterCare board of directors have elected officers for the 2018: Eric Van Houten, chief operating officer at Cascade Health Solutions, was elected president. He will serve a two-year-term; Jacob Fox, executive director at Homes for Good, was elected vice president; and retired University of Oregon legal counsel Melinda Greir is the new board secretary.

Oregon Contemporary Theatre has welcomed three new members to its board of directors.

Ruth Erickson is a physical therapist with PeaceHealth; Chelsey Megli is director of Talent Management for Advancement at the University of Oregon and an actor who has appeared on the OCT stage; Frank Koch is proprietor of Koch Decision Consulting and a former geologist with Chevron.

FinishLine Software

is pleased to announce the addition of Marci Seghetti to its team. As an account executive, Marci will be responsible for managing and developing the new client program. She brings over 30 years of sales experience, mainly in the electronics industry, as well as the construction industry.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane welcomes Kellie DeVore as executive director.

With more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and management, Kellie has experience in higher education, health care, financial stability and community-based organizations. Through her career, Kellie has developed and implemented programs aimed at improving and protecting access to services and care, driven by a passion to improve the lives of people in the community.

Kernutt Stokes, a Eugene-based CPA firm, has promoted three staff members: Jennifer Cranford has been promoted to tax manager from tax senior associate; Paisley Ward has been promoted to accounting and assurance senior associate from general associate; and Hillarie Woods has been promoted to tax senior associate from general associate. Ausland Group has welcomed five new members to their growing design-build team: Kate Miller, design project manager; Michele Bullinger, CAD drafter; Kara Bijesse, administrative and marketing assistant; Kayla Bundy, architect intern/designer; Charlie Kroning, senior engineering manager.

Michelle Erickson joins Journey Tree Financial Planning & Investments as a

financial planner. Erickson has more than a decade of experience in banking and financial planning. Erickson holds her Series 7 and Series 66 licenses. Jennifer Paterson also joins Journey Tree as its administrative assistant, bringing more than 15 years of customer service and administrative assistant experience.

Eugene Civic Alliance is pleased to welcome Bridget Franek to the ECA team. In her new

role as community development officer, Bridget will help increase community awareness of the Campaign for Civic Park, overseeing fundraising initiatives and developing partnerships with local organizations.

Travel Lane County

welcomed two new staff members. Katie Morton joined Travel Lane County’s convention and sports marketing department as a marketing coordinator in July; Holly Claypool joined the Travel Lane County Tourism Marketing department and will be working in visitor services as a lead adventure specialist.

Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton (JJL&M) announces the hiring of Israel Echeverria, the newest addition to

its legal team. Echeverria will be working with the firm’s workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys as a paralegal. Israel Echeverria has more than 14 years of legal experience. He is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has extensive experience in language translation.

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KUDOS PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the 17th consecutive year. The hospital also earned a place on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll for the second year in a row, an award that recognizes medical centers for their success in and commitment to providing excellent care for stroke patients, according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.

Ben Farber, chief nursing officer at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District, was one of 10 individuals honored

through the Catholic Health Association’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program. The program recognizes and supports the achievements and potential of highperforming leaders, age 40 and under.

BrightStar Care of Lane County has earned accreditation from The Joint Commission, the same organization that accredits the nation’s best hospital, as well as the 2018 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice, and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse, a national third-party quality and satisfaction research firm. Lastly, Forbes has just named BrightStar Care as one of the best franchises in America. Northwest Christian University’s online Master of Business

Administration (MBA) degree program has been ranked third in Oregon by Online MBA Today, a comprehensive resource for students seeking an MBA online. Online MBA Today ranked online MBA programs at Portland State University and Oregon State University No. 1 and No. 2 in Oregon, followed by NCU at No. 3.

Merriman Wealth Management is celebrating its 35th anniversary

this year and was recognized as one of the Top 300 Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) by Financial Times in 2018. Financial Times uses a number of quantifiable and objective measures of investor-centered criteria to select the top firms, including assets under management (AUM), AUM growth rate, years in existence, compliance record, industry certifications and online accessibility.

Nick Balthrop, of Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, P.C., has been named a 2018 Oregon Rising Star

in the Super Lawyers Magazine. The Rising Stars list is comprised of attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and recognizes less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. Nick has practiced with the law firm of Gaydos, Churnside & Balthrop, P.C. since 2015.

Summit Bank was named one of the top 50 most innovative banks in the

United States, according to the Independent Community Bankers of America magazine. Summit was specifically recognized for their commitment to sustainability and for being a great place to work.

Funk/Levis & Associates has been recognized with a 2018 Gold Aster Award and a 2018 APEX Award for Excellence for its work with The Corvallis Clinic. The Clinic’s Sleep Medicine folder, designed by Funk/Levis, took home the Gold Aster Award in the Pocket Folder category for its layout and design, message effectiveness, product quality and functionality.

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BUSINESS NEWS PeaceHealth and Lane County Public Health have partnered on an innovative initiative to reduce illness and death from pneumonia in Lane County. Hospital patients at high-risk for pneumonia, including people over age 65, smokers and people with diabetes, are being offered a vaccination for bacterial pneumonia before they leave the hospital. The program launched in June at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Centers at RiverBend and University District.

Soup Nation Soup Carte is handing over the ladle to new owners. After more than two decades in business, untold gallons of soup and national recognition on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the iconic cart will be taken over by new owner, Screamin’ Jay’s, which will continue to serve Soup Nation’s most popular soup, the 3 Cheese Tomato.

Lane Arts Council announces $56,125 in grants to arts organizations and projects in the Eugene area. The Community Arts Grant Program is funded by the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division and administered by Lane Arts Council. The Community Arts Grants help ensure diverse and accessible arts opportunities and experiences for Eugene artists, audiences and participants. Grant recipient Wordcrafters in Eugene will present a Fiction Fantastic contest for young writers to showcase their creativity and publish their written works. Northwest Christian University and Chemeketa Community College have

signed an articulation agreement that clears a pathway for graduates of the community college’s registered nursing program to enroll in NCU’s Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science of Nursing (RN to BSN) online program. The fifth cohort of NCU RN to BSN students will graduate in December 2018.


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PeaceHealth began seeing Kaiser Permanente insured patients in July, as part of

an ongoing collaboration for healthcare delivery and coverage in Lane County. Kaiser Permanente is now expanding health plan enrollment with large group employers and will be offering plans to individuals and small employer groups this fall with enrollment effective in January.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center

at RiverBend ranked sixth in a national contest to determine the most beautiful hospitals in the United States. With 11,215 votes, RiverBend was chosen among 68 finalists from across the country. RiverBend was the only finalist in Oregon.

Lane Community College received a $25,000

Oregon Pacific Bank has signed a lease for the property located at 59 East 11th Street in downtown Eugene and is planning a remodel, with the goal of opening the new branch in fall 2018. The bank’s current office at 975 Oak Street in Suite 625 at the Eugene Citizen’s building will be vacated once the new branch is open. The new Eugene branch will feature many amenities that the Bank’s current office is unable to provide, including designated parking spaces for clients, a drive-up lane, drive-up deposit-taking ATM, and a night depository. Ditch Witch Northwest, a Papé company, has purchased Ditch Witch Equipment Company, Inc., in Sacramento, effective July 13, 2018. No terms of the acquisition will be announced. The Papé Group, Inc., has acquired all Ditch Witch territories in Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and western Nevada, as well as northern Idaho, making Ditch Witch West one of the largest Ditch Witch dealers. Oregon Pacific Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Oregon Pacific Bank, reported

a net operating income of $1.4 million for the six months ending June 30, 2018, compared to $546 thousand for the six months ending June 30, 2017; this equates to $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) as compared to $0.13 for the same period in 2017 — a 53.85% increase in EPS, which includes 2.62 million of additional shares, following the bank’s capital raise in fall 2017.

ShelterCare is opening the new Uhlhorn Day Services Center. This is the area’s only local

day services center that accepts Medicaid to care for people living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disabilities.

EWEB grant for energy management scholarships. Students may apply for scholarships of up to $5,000 for first-year tuition and expenses. Applicants must reside within the EWEB service area, have financial need and show academic aptitude. Program costs are estimated at $11,227 including $1,000 in specific fees and $10,227 in resident tuition and general student fees.

Shake Smart, a student-founded start-up

from San Diego State University, is coming to

The Duck Store at the Rec. Shake Smart

features a highly customizable menu to meet a variety of dietary needs and taste preferences. Shake Smart will open at The Duck Store at the Rec in mid-September.

Scott Sanders, CFP, CRPC and Jesse Coffee

CRPC have started a new financial advisory firm, the Sanders Coffee Group of TRUE Private Wealth Advisors. The firm was established to provide unbiased advice and to always place the needs of their clients first. As an independent firm, they are committed to offering their clients greater choice, pricing and objectivity. The company’s primary focus and expertise is providing financial planning to individuals, families and business owners, as they navigate through retirement and other life transitions.

The power of one. The power of many. Hershner Hunter is a comprehensive business law firm with specialty areas to match your unique needs. So whether you’re a small start-up, a growing area employer, or an established business, you’re not just getting one attorney, you’re getting the power of an entire firm behind you.


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By Brittany Quick-Warner, CEO Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

ave any of you ever taken the


StrengthsQuest evaluation? Of

In our efforts to represent and advocate on

all the personality and leadership evaluations, it is my favorite. It

centers around the idea that if you know your key strengths and focus on those, rather than your weaknesses, you will be able to accomplish more. It’s a strategy successful companies and organizations adopt, as well. Figure out what you are really good at and do more of that. Most people I talk with who have taken the evaluation are not too surprised by their

behalf of the business community, we want to make sure we have it right. This means spending time talking to and understanding local businesses and sharing local testimonials and data that support our strategic initiatives. It also means elevating the exposure of business leaders in our community, so their voices and vision are leading the way.


expanding our reach and impact. During this year of transition, we are looking internally, as well, for ways to do our jobs better. We are building a dream team with incredible staff in the right places. This focus has helped us achieve success and think strategically about where and when

results, because its usually identifies the traits

In order for our business community to come

to get involved. It is helping us identify and

that come most naturally to you. I wasn’t

together and move the needle on key issues,

balance our core strengths, so we can help

really either. One of my top five strengths was

we need to identify which initiatives and

move our community forward.

involvement. I believe this strength and value

strategies will have a measureable impact. We

encapsulates why I love my job. Involvement

have focused on engaging in purposeful and

as a strength is all about one thing: not sitting

actionable projects and developing innovative

on the sideline.

programs and events that will help us move

For the Chamber, involvement is finding solutions to the issues facing our community, and inspiring others to get involved. It is bold leadership and the willingness to take a stance on important issues. As a Chamber and as a business community, we need to prioritize

forward. Whether it’s the launch of our new Eugene Young Professionals program, hosting our first Economic Summit, leading initiatives through Better Housing Together, advocating for ridesharing services, or supporting numerous development projects,

Developing a growing community takes time, intentional movement and continued involvement. I believe we are moving in the right direction. Our business community, city staff, elected officials, and Chamber all have to be involved, focused and strategic in our movements to respond to growth and opportunity in a positive, transformational way.

we are dedicated to innovative strategies that

If we are going to realize the great

transform our economy.

opportunities in front of us, we need bold leadership. That means, we can’t sit on the



By pairing involvement with strategy and

As a small team with a big vision, our

focus, we can have meaningful involvement

organization and its health are key to

in the right places at the right time. This year,

executing our mission and serving our

as we spend time thinking critially about

members. For a strong Chamber, we must

the evolution of the Chamber to better serve

have a strong brand and reputation in the

our members and our community, we have

community. With a new creative strategy, we

focused our energy on three key areas:

have refreshed our communications and are

and insist on being involved in the process, not wait to evaluate the solutions. Now is the time to both exemplify and advocate for bold


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Open for Business: Eugene 2021 - The Future is Now  

In this issue of Open for Business, we explore the projects in our region that will shape the future and establish a legacy for Eugene.

Open for Business: Eugene 2021 - The Future is Now  

In this issue of Open for Business, we explore the projects in our region that will shape the future and establish a legacy for Eugene.