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Economic Development in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley

Summer 2019

Water’s Future

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SEDCOR Staff Erik Andersson

Executive Council Chair Mark Hoyt

Partner, Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP

Past Chair Rich Duncan

President, Rich Duncan Construction Inc.

Secretary/Treasurer & Chair Elect Daryl Knox Partner, The Aldrich Group, CPA

Members at Large Kevin Cameron

President Michael Fowler

CEO, Cabinet Door Service

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Lesa Goff

Senior Vice President/Loan Team Leader Wells Fargo Bank

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N. Levin Industrial Real Estate

Steve Powers

City Manager, City of Salem

Steve VanArsdale

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Board of Directors Ryan Allbritton

Region President, US Bank

Bruce Anderson

Michael Keane

Attorney/Shareholder Garrett Hemann Robertson, P.C.

Diana Knous

Nick Harville

President, Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods, Inc.

Jennifer Larsen Morrow

Marion County Business Retention & Expansion Manager

President, Creative Company, Inc.


Chuck Bennett

John Lattimer


Regional Community Affairs Manager, NW Natural

Ricardo Baez

Mayor of Salem

David Briggs

Trial Lawyer, Partner, Saalfeld Griggs PC

Patricia Callihan-Bowman

Regional Business Manager, Pacific Power

Chief Administrative Officer, Marion County

Rod Lucas

Owner, Turner Lumber, Inc.

Johnny Mack

Owner/Career Coach Express Employment Professionals

Executive Dean of Career and Technical Education Chemeketa Community College

Alex Paraskevas

Cathy Clark

Rick Olson

Polk County Business Retention & Expansion Manager

Mayor of Keizer

Alan Costic AIA

President, AC+Co. Architecture

Brent DeHart Life Insurance

Amy Doerfler

Secretary/Treasurer, Doerfler Farms, Inc.

James Dooley

President, Larsen Flynn Insurance

David Frances

Chief Credit Officer, Willamette Community Bank

Theresa Haskins

Business Market Manager Portland General Electric

Byron Hendricks

President, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Real Estate Professionals

George Jennings

Counsel to the President, Mountain West Investment Corporation

Yamhill County Commissioner

Kim Parker-Lleranas

Executive Director Willamette Workforce Partnership

James Parr

Rural Innovation Catalyst

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Craig Pope

Polk County Commissioner

Jim Rasmussen

Abisha Stone

Mark Raum

Yamhill County Business Retention and Expansion Manager

Scott Snyder


President/CEO, Modern Building Systems, Inc. VP Commercial Lending, Umpqua Bank Regional Manager, The Grand Hotel in Salem


Randy Stockdale

Foundation Director, Legacy Silverton Medical Center

Dan Ulven

President, The Ulven Companies

Jamie Johnk

Economic Development Director, City of Woodburn

Ken Jundt

Regional Manager, Columbia Bank

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Water’s Future

Water’s economic impact

Erik Andersson SEDCOR President

In the January 2019 Oregon State Board of Agriculture’s State of Oregon Agriculture report, one quote stood out to me: “Water is the lifeblood of agriculture. Without an adequate supply of safe, clean water, Oregon agriculture would look very different in terms of what can be produced as well as the economic contribution.” The Willamette Valley is fortunate to have a diversified economy. However, we are known as a center for agriculture with an amazingly offering of more than 200 crops including fruits, vegetables, nuts, hops, grass seed, nursery stock and hemp. Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties account for nearly 23 percent of the entire state’s gross farm sales on 4 percent of the state’s agricultural lands. There are 6,142 farms in all three counties. The agricultural lands provide the base link in the supply chain of many industries in the region. When you add food and beverage producers into the mix, these industries employ more than 16,000 people in the Mid-Willamette Valley with a payroll of more than half a billion dollars. Some of the almost 800 businesses are household names, while others are well-known in their communities for their economic impact. And then you consider other parts of the agriculture industry supply chain. We have businesses like Gem Equipment and GK Machine that manufacture agriculture equipment for the harvesting and processing of our crops. Marion Ag Service offers soil and nutrient expertise to farmers and growers. Henningsen Cold Storage provides refrigerated warehousing to food processors. Then also consider transportation, legal, marketing and other functions to assist our agricultural businesses. This is a roundabout way of demonstrating that many of us in this region benefit either directly or indirectly from our agriculture industry. As the industry addresses potential impacts from a variety of external factors including transportation and trade tariffs, SEDCOR works to help disseminate important information to a wider audience. SEDCOR recently sponsored two well-attended AG Breakfasts on the Willamette River Basin Review. The US Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Water Resources Department are currently determining if and how space in our reservoirs can be reallocated during the spring and summer months to provide stored water for municipal and industrial water supply, irrigation, and fish and wildlife uses. You’ll see more information in the following pages of Enterprise. — Erik

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The Last Available Water By Kristine Thomas Potential changes to the availability of water could severely impact the future of businesses and residents in Oregon’s Willamette Basin. Realizing there is only so much water to distribute, competing interests have questions about who gets what and will the amount be enough to meet both current and future needs. SEDCOR invited four guest speakers to discuss their concerns about a proposal to reallocate almost 1.6 acre-feet of water stored behind 13 federal dams in the Willamette Basin at its sixth annual AG Breakfasts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Water Resources Department are jointly studying how and where to reallocate water in the Willamette Basin to meet the requirements of municipal and industrial water supply, irrigation, and fish and wildlife uses.

SEDCOR invited U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader and Santiam Water Control District Manager Brent Stevenson to speak at the Feb. 20 AG Breakfast in Mt. Angel. At the April 18 AG Breakfast in Polk County, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture Water Resource Specialist Margaret Matter, Ph.D, and Oregon Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Policy Mary Anne Cooper were the guest speakers. All four speakers are concerned the proposed amount for irrigation is woefully inadequate to meet future needs, and emphasized they don’t think the study examined the future needs of water demand, taking into consideration factors including population growth, climate change and historic weather patterns.

Economic Impact The Willamette Basin stretches from north of Portland to south of Cottage Grove. Farmers and ranchers who irrigate their crops in that area warn decreasing irrigation supplies could hurt their ability to grow crops, ultimately decreasing their sales and impacting the state’s economy. In the Willamette Valley, there are more than 18,000 farms with more than 1.7 million acres equaling $2.2 billion in agricultural revenue each year. Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties produced nearly 23 percent of the gross farm sales in Oregon in 2017. All of this product was grown or made on just 4 percent of the state land in farms. There are 6,142 farms in all three counties growing more than 200 different types of crops, with Marion County being number one in agricultural production in the state. Oregon U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader said the reallocation of water could have an enormous impact on the region’s agricultural economy, emphasizing it’s one of the most important issues facing Willamette Valley ranchers and farmers. “Having reliable access to water is key for those businesses to grow,” Schrader said, adding he encourages people to work together to determine a plan to allocate water that’s beneficial to all. While the comment period for reallocation has ended, Cooper encouraged people with concerns about the reallocation of water to talk with their congressional office to make sure they are receiving updates on the process as it moves forward, “as there will significant implementation work ahead if the reallocation passes.”

Study’s purpose Photo: Diane Stevenson

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built 13 dams mostly for flood control and to store water to be used for irrigation, hydropower, and water municipalities. The review is examining

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how to meet those needs while planning for the future. Consider the region is home to Oregon’s three largest cities – Portland, Salem and Eugene, with 4.19 million people. That number is expected to grow to 5.58 million residents by 2050. Santiam Water Control District Manager Brent Stevenson said whatever changes are made, it’s important to get them right. His district provides irrigation water to 17,000 acres of farmland from the North Santiam River and Detroit Reservoir, as well as municipal water to the City of Stayton and food processors and beverage manufacturers. He shared the joint feasibility study by the U.S. Army Corps and the Oregon Water Resources Department in 2017, which proposes 327,650 acre-feet of water for irrigation, 159,750 acre-feet for municipal and industrial water supply, and 1.1 acre-feet for fish and wildlife. Stevenson said the amount proposed for irrigation is too low and would limit agricultural production now and into the future. The water district includes about 7,000 acres that could be farmland, but without enough stored water, it’s unlikely future investments would be made, he said. Understanding there is a great deal of interest in water and who gets what when there is only so much to divvy, he also emphasized the need for everyone to be at the table to discuss what benefits the community as a whole rather than just individual entities.

said. “The detriment would be if the agricultural allocation isn’t

Potential or Detriment?

in favor or releases for fish.

Cooper said the reallocation of water has a potential to be an opportunity for new water in the Willamette Basin, adding it also could be a detriment to existing operations. “The opportunity lies in the potential for new water for irrigation if agriculture’s allocation is high enough and the Endangered Species Act concerns can be resolved,” Cooper


sufficient or isn’t available due to the Endangered Species Act. The in-stream protections for fish could kick-off some users on the system who may think that are using live flow, but are really using stored water or water that is junior to the fisheries rights once they convert those rights.” Matter shared how there are already water shortages during drought years. If farmers don’t know how much water they will receive, it makes it challenging to plan for future investments or expansions. Cooper said many people are disappointed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers focused on a narrow view of agricultural demand when undertaking the reallocation. This, she said, resulted in the agricultural allocation being insufficient to meet future agricultural demand. The allocation and management of this water is critical for agriculture, businesses and communities across the basin, Cooper said. “We have been frustrated that even this lesser amount of water may not be guaranteed for agriculture to ever access due to the Endangered Species Act,” Cooper explained. Under the ESA, Cooper said, the Corps could either never make the water available for agricultural development or cut off water deliveries “Given that fisheries already are allocated the vast majority of the available water, we believe the ESA requirements are met and the agricultural allocation should be protected,” she said. “This is the last available water in the basin, and how it is allocated and developed will have a profound effect on Willamette Valley communities for generations to come.”

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Water Protection Plan By Kristine Thomas Last summer, the test results caught the City of Salem off-guard. For more than 80 years, the city’s slow sand filtration system along with a few added ingredients had been a reliable and efficient method for treating the raw water from the North Santiam River and making it safe for its drinking water. The system wasn’t enough to eliminate cyanotoxins, which were discovered in the drinking water at the City of Salem’s Geren Island Water Treatment Facility in late May of 2018. Cyanotoxins are created when certain types of blue green algal dies. While the exact cause of the algal blooms is unknown, there is speculation it could be due to the increase of water temperature and nutrients at Detroit Lake, which flows into the North Santiam River. Heather Dimke, who is the management analyst for the City of Salem’s Public Works Department, said the city has been testing for cyanotoxins since 2011. “Salem was the first city in Oregon to detect cyanotoxins in its drinking water. The results prompted a drinking water advisory for Salem’s most vulnerable population,” Dimke said. The drinking water advisory lasted for about one month as city staff worked tirelessly to implement procedures to eliminate the cyanotoxins and find a solution to protect future drinking water. The season for algal blooms at Detroit Lake is May 1 through Oct. 31. This spring, the city staff shared they expect to see algal blooms at Detroit Lake again this year. “We don’t know at what levels but we do know this year we are prepared to deal with it,” Dimke said. “We learned a great deal from what happened last summer and we have many tools in place to protect the quality of our water.”


Action Cost

Short term treatment projects at Geren Island

$3.5 million

Ozone Treatment

$40 million

Groundwater wells

$15.7 million

Improvements to aquifer

$11.5 million

Groundwater storage wells in the city

$4.5 million

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Monitoring the city’s watershed The water quality supervisor for the City of Salem’s Public Works Department, Lacey Goeres-Priest said because algal blooms and their associated cyanotoxins are a natural occurrence, there is no guarantee that a drinking water advisory will never happen again. Goeres-Priest said the city has highly-trained operators and skilled engineers along with many other city resources to keep drinking water safe. “They are dedicated to optimize water treatment processes using the tools that are available today and will continue to make significant investments in the future,” Goeres-Priest said. Beginning in May, the city staff monitored Detroit Lake for algal blooms once a week and where on the lake they were growing. Once blooms were detected, they began sampling for the type of algae present and if cyanotoxins were being produced. Last year, the staff had to send samples to be tested to an out-of-state lab that took about three days to learn the results. This year, the staff has been trained on its own testing equipment, allowing for the staff to make decisions in real time. “The city has been aggressively preparing for this upcoming algal season and have incorporated the lessons learned from last year’s advisory,” Goeres-Priest said. “The City of Salem is committed to delivering reliable, high-quality water drinking water to its customers.”

New rules When city staff detected cyanotoxins last year, there were no rules to follow, only guidelines the Oregon Health Authority used that were set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who provided advice to water utilities on how to handle cyanotoxins. This year, there are clear rules in place for what a water utility must do if cyanotoxins are detected. In December of 2018, the Oregon Health Authority developed permanent rules that require water service providers to routinely test for cyanotoxins and notify the public about the test results. The City of Salem will test for two cyanotoxins produced by algal blooms and will look for levels of the cyanotoxins in the drinking water that pose a health advisory alert for “vulnerable population” and “all population.” “Our staff will continue to aggressively sample for cyanotoxins well above and beyond regulatory requirements,” Goeres-Priest said. Continued on page 24

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SEDCOR Member Spotlight

Crosby Hop Farm’s world-class collaboration beers Crosby Hop Farm recently invited Sierra Nevada from California and Garage Project from New Zealand “to buddy up” to create a beer that features a mash-up of varietals from their home hemispheres. Together, they created “Good as Gold,” a Brut IPA, that was one of 18 new beers debuted at the Crosby Hop Farm lounge at the Craft Brewers Conference in Colorado in April.

Left to right: Zak Schroerlucke of Crosby Hop Farm, Dave Graham of Lervig Brewery in Norway and Adam Kryder of Crosby Hop Farm

“Each new beer was the result of an international pairing featuring one U.S. brewer and one brewer from around the world,” Crosby Hop Farm Marketing Manager Zak Schroerlucke said. “These beers encapsulate the creative ideas, ingredients, and brewing styles from some of the best breweries on the planet.”

are also madly in love with Crosby Hop Farm. For this DIPA, Crosby gave us some of the most beautiful Strata, Amarillo and Comet hops we’ve ever been able to brew with.”

A vertically integrated hop grower, broker and processer, Crosby Hop Farm has grown beautiful, high quality hops in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for five generations. As organizers of pairing the 36 breweries, the beers featured Crosby Hop Farm’s broad portfolio of more than 75 hop varieties including sustainable Crosby® grown, Salmon-Safe and organic hops as well as premium grower-sourced hops from around the world.

In Crosby Hop Farm’s seminar-level beer lounge, Schroerlucke said they showcased modern and innovative beer styles through 18 global collaborations, featuring innovative hops that include varieties like Strata®, Amarillo®, El Dorado®, and Comet. “It was an opportunity to bring together the global craft community and celebrate our shared commitment and love for the ever-changing craft beer industry,” Schroerlucke said.

Creature Comforts from Georgia and Mikkeller from Denmark designed a Double IPA called “I can’t fight this feeling anymore” while Cigar City Brewing in Florida along with Pohjala of Estonia crafted a American Black Ale called “Tallinn to Tampa.” Oregon breweries were Breakside Brewery, pFriem and Fort George.

Along with tasting the new beers, guests to the Crosby Hop Farm lounge could also see a virtual reality hop harvest, check out new hop varieties and see a new online brewer portal demo. “Beer speaks volumes, brings people together, and gives commonality to spark new ideas, conversation, and long-term friendships,” Schroerlucke said. “We’re proud to be part of this global craft culture and continue to foster a blooming industry worldwide.”

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Mid-Valley Literacy Center adds staff and expands programs By Jim Jamieson Director of Workplace English of Mid-Valley Literacy Center Mid-Valley Literacy Center launched two new programs this year. In addition to the Workplace English classes that we provide on-site for area businesses, we’ve added Workplace Spanish for employers and managers to communicate more effectively with their Spanish-speaking employees. In response to needs expressed by our business clients, we also pioneered a program of Workplace Spanish Language Driver’s Education Classes. In this unique service, we teach Driver’s Education in Spanish to H-2A temporary agricultural workers at the farms where they work. We’ve seen dramatic results already in this expansion. The Workplace English classes, with our customized curriculum for businesses, have successfully helped 179 employees at 7 businesses in the last five years. Several employees have been promoted because of their improved English skills. Business owners have expressed appreciation for the detailed safety instruction taught by our experienced teachers which has decreased accidents and has reduced product loss. Mid-Valley Literacy Center has also partnered with the Cornerstone Apartments located just off Portland Rd. in Salem. This new 180 unit apartment complex services low-income families. Our staff and volunteers installed 10 computers in their community center where we offer classes in GED preparation,

computer literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This model provides the opportunity for adult residents to improve their literacy skills right at their apartment complex. Whitney Sweet, one of our new bilingual staff, H2A guest workers that passed their OR DMV coordinates the written exams. tutors and adult students at this learning site. As our organization continues to grow, the need for additional staff has brought two other new employees to our Center. Olivia Orosco and Mackenzie Fraser joined us in February. They both share the position of Student/Tutor Coordinator. All three of our new staff members are fully bilingual in English and Spanish. As we have for the past 10 years, we continue providing classes in GED preparation (English and Spanish), U.S. citizenship preparation (English and Spanish), computer skills, Spanish literacy, and English preparation for Certified Nursing Assistants at our main campus on 45th Ave.

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SEDCOR Member Spotlight

Left: Gallon House Bridge Photo by Kelly James

The front door to economic development Travel Salem President & CEO Angie Onyewuchi said Oregon is well known for its natural beauty, world-class culinary scene, and full-immersion experiences. And in the middle of Oregon is the Mid-Willamette Valley, including Salem, the state capital. In Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, visitors can discover both thriving cities and quaint small towns along with a cultural scene that pairs perfectly with outdoor recreation and rural farm experiences. “Tourism is often cited as the front door to economic development,” Onyewuchi said. Travel Salem markets and promotes the Mid-Willamette Valley as a premier, year-round destination for conventions, events and leisure travelers and serves as the official destination marketing organization and a vital tourism economic development generator for the region. In 2018 in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, direct travel spending was $738.7 million with the industry producing 8,900 jobs and generating an additional $5.2 million in lodging tax revenue. Mt. Angel Oktoberfest Photo by Steve Beckner

Right: Salem Art Fair and Festival. Photo by Ron Cooper

Whenever visitors dine at restaurants, shop, visit attractions, and experience the culture and history of the area, it brings positive economic impact to other sectors besides those directly related to travel and tourism. Onyewuchi said business owners first learn about Oregon as a visitor and then decide to re-locate their family and business here because they had a wonderful experience. “People experience our region’s natural beauty, accessible outdoor recreation, and a robust and diverse arts and culture scene along with residents who are genuinely friendly and helpful,” she shared. “The outstanding quality of life in our region often is a deciding factor for people to move to the Mid-Willamette Valley.” Onyewuchi said Travel Salem worked with a convention planner to bring 15,000 delegates over three weekends to Salem. “He loved this community so much, he relocated his family and business to Salem,” she said. “He also added a second convention, which brought an additional 2,500 delegates to the area.” Onyewuchi said Travel Salem plays a role by leveraging partnerships with various groups and industry stakeholders to create innovative strategies that drive visitation to the region and in turn creates positive economic growth. One example of this, she said, is the Wally Byam Airstream Club International Rally, held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds last June, which brought 1,400 visitors and an estimated economic impact of $500,000. Onyewuchi said the accessibility of the outdoor recreation opportunities brings many people to the region. “We’ve heard time and again from visitors from larger cities how amazing it is to drive 30 minutes and often much less and then find yourself in the middle of a forested area enjoying a peaceful hike or walk,” she said. Onyewuchi said outdoor recreation combined with outstanding culinary offerings and rich history makes Salem and the surrounding region a highly desirable destination “Travel Salem is committed to creating long-term, sustainable demand for the destination that both strengthens our region’s economy and enhances the quality of life for everyone who lives here,” she said.


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Entrepeneur Quiz There’s something almost exhilarating to listen to the passion, creativity and enthusiasm as an entrepreneur describes her idea for a new business. My responsibility and that of my staff at the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is to present a strong dose of reality of what it honestly takes for a new business to succeed. Celia Núñez, Director Small Business Development Center Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry

Too often, entrepreneurs get sidetracked thinking of the perfect business name, where they want their office or storefront to be and elaborating on what they will produce or the service they will offer. They often neglect the nitty-gritty work of conducting marketing research; developing a business plan; and obtaining funding. Fortunately for entrepreneurs, there is a great deal of guidance available. One of the first things we do at the SBDC is provide a reality check. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 30 percent of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open; 50 percent during the first five years; and 66 percent during the first 10 years. Before ordering those business cards, entrepreneurs should ask themselves these questions: Do you have what it takes? Are you passionate about your business idea? Do you have a strong work ethic, good people skills and determination? Are you creative, disciplined, good at problem solving, confident, open-minded, competitive and a selfstarter? Successful entrepreneurs have those traits. Have you done your homework? Is there a market for your business? Have you created a business plan? Determined how much it will cost to operate your business and how much revenue you will need to pay the bills and have an income plus money for rainy days?

How are your time management skills? Do you start your day by doing what you least like to do first? Know how to delegate or ask for help? Take breaks to recharge and rest? Can you work long hours to meet a deadline? It’s decision time. How good are you at making decisions? Entrepreneurs are required to make decisions constantly – often quickly, independently and under pressure. Do you have the physical and emotional stamina to run a business? Being your own boss can be exciting, but remember it’s all on your shoulders to make things work. Do you know your weaknesses? It’s a rare individual who is good at every aspect of business. Businesses often fail because owners try to take on tasks they don’t have the skills to do. Can you ask for help? Do you have support from your family? The first few years of business start­up can be hard on family life. Still want to be an entrepreneur? If yes, congrats. Let’s get going on the start-up process. How do I get started in a business? Oregon’s “Business Xpress” website at www.oregon. gov/business. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at https:// www.sba.gov under “Small Business Planner.” The Chemeketa SBDC offers business start-up classes and one-on-one advising. Contact us at 503-399-5088 or email sbdc@chemeketa.eduto learn more. We serve small businesses in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.


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Whitman joins Marion County In April, Cooper Whitman joined Marion County’s Economic Development team as the economic development specialist. He was previously the president and CEO of the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce for almost four years. His previous work includes three years Cooper Whitman as the executive director of a chamber in North Dakota, and communications and work analysis for the City of The Dalles, and City of Redmond.

Willamette Workforce Partnership awards In April, the Willamette Workforce Partnership Board of Directors voted to award the 2019-20 Workforce Adult and Dislocated Worker contracts to: • Community Services Consortium – Linn and Polk counties (Albany, Lebanon and Dallas WorkSource Centers) • South Coast Business Employment Corp. – Marion and Yamhill counties (Salem, Woodburn and McMinnville WorkSource Centers) The board voted to award the 2019-20 Youth Services contracts to: • Community Services Consortium – Linn and Polk counties • Interface Network/United Way – Marion County • Chehalem Youth & Family Services – Yamhill County The board voted to award funding for Specialized Services for Adults with Employment Barriers for the program year 2019-20 to:

“I’m very much looking forward to working with the fantastic team at Marion County to solve problems for both urban and rural citizens,” Whitman, 38, said.

• Community Services Consortium ($50,000)

He has experience in downtown development, community organization, public affairs, banking, nonprofit management, program evaluation and executive placement. Whitman has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, as well as a master’s of public administration from Portland State University.

• MV Advancements ($50,000)

Marion County Economic Development Coordinator Tom Hogue said Cooper will initially focus on the county’s community development and business assistance grant programs.

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“We want to better align those awards with our strategic plan and modern best practices,” Hogue said. Whitman is married to local artist Alisha B. Whitman, and they live together in Lebanon with their five children.

• Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, De Muniz Center ($50,000)

• Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, ARCHES ($50,000) • Integrated Supports for Living ($50,000)

The funding helps job seekers, workers and youth access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and provides employers with skilled workers to help them compete in the global economy. Congress and the Department of Labor have been providing this type of funding to the states since the 1960s. Continued next page

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The federal Department of Labor distributes Oregon’s share of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds to The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Division of Workforce Investment which in turn divides the funds, along with state General Fund, among the nine workforce Boards. The Willamette Workforce Partnership, one of the nine, encompasses Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

SEDCOR forms Yamhill County EDAC Understanding the importance of creating a way for cities and rural communities in Yamhill County to connect and communicate, SEDCOR started the Economic Development Advisory Council or EDAC for Yamhill County. The EDAC’s purpose is to serve the public’s interest by providing advice and recommendations to SEDCOR regarding economic development and those issues that impact economic growth within Yamhill County and the region through education, engagement and partnerships. The EDAC strives to translate the needs and opportunities of Yamhill County into advocacy and action. “The EDAC was started as a way to connect cities and the rural areas so they can work together on projects and share information on their economic projects,” SEDCOR Yamhill County Business

Retention and Expansion Manager Abisha Stone said, adding the council guides the work SEDCOR does to support economic development in Yamhill County. The EDAC has 11 representatives from each of the 10 cities and The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; four ex-officio members; and currently 13 industry partners with the goal to have 17 partners. The council’s goal is to support the food and beverage; agriculture; healthcare; wood and forest products; advanced manufacturing; technology; and commercial business industries. Stone said the idea for the council originated from the Grow Yamhill project in 2013. Last year, SEDCOR was selected to provide economic development services to Yamhill County and Stone began work on organizing the council. “Each city has its own economic development plan but we are laying the groundwork for how they can work regionally on projects,” Stone said. “The cities want to work with each other to create plans around economic development opportunities.” Deven Paolo is the owner and president of Solid Form Fabrication, Inc. in McMinnville and on the EDAC. “I really believe in the idea that rising together helps everybody,” Paolo said. “I think the EDAC will achieve that goal to serve the needs of the cities and businesses in Yamhill County.” Paolo said the EDAC brings together a group of leaders who can lend their voice and advice to what the vision of economic development should be for Yamhill County.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS “Economic development isn’t something that happens tomorrow, or the next day,” he said. “Our group is laying the foundation for what direction we take for the next five to 10 years. I think this group is forwarding thinking and making sure we have diversity in our businesses in order for our county to thrive.”

“All the work SEDCOR is doing to support Yamhill County is about coordinating a collaborative effort to expand economic opportunities for businesses,” Stone said. “The grants provide a way for companies to grow, something we know contributes to the county’s economic vitality.”

Stone said she is honored to have a group of people who are eager to participate in guiding and implementing impactful projects for Yamhill County.

The new grant program has three distinct grants to help promote and enhance economic vitality in Yamhill County. Grants include Start-Up Grants, Small Grants, and the Strategic Investment Fund Grant.

“This council guides the work SEDCOR does,” she said. “I am honored they are there to support our work and I know we will accomplish good things for the Yamhill County together.”

Yamhill County Grant Program In April 2019, the Yamhill County Commissioners officially adopted a new county grant program. SEDCOR Yamhill County Business & Retention Manager Abisha Stone worked with Yamhill County Grants and Special Projects Manager Carrie Martin to develop the grant program. Stone said a subcommittee for the recently formed Economic Advisory Council for Yamhill County will review the grants and make recommendations to the Yamhill County Commissioners.

• The Start-Up Grant will award two $25,000 grants per year and will help foster a county-wide culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Applicants must be participants in the Launch-Mid Valley Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) initiative to be considered. • The Small Grants will be smaller awards of up to $10,000 per grant and will provide flexible and responsive financial support to businesses and organizations engaged in various stages of development. Up to $66,700 of Small Grants can be awarded. • The Strategic Investment Fund will give grants up to $100,000 per award and support businesses and organizations making significant investments in the region. Traded-sector businesses with job-growth potential will be given priority for the Strategic Investment Grants. Up to $133,300 can be awarded. Continued next page

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS Applications for all three grants opened on May 1, 2019 with applications closing on June 30, 2019 for the Small Grants and the Strategic Investment Fund. The Start-Up Grant application ends Dec. 31, 2019. To be eligible all projects must be located in Yamhill County and have economic development significance. Projects should be focused on acquisition, capacity building, construction, equipment purchases, market research, technical assistance, or workforce training programs. Applications can be found either in person at the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners’ Office located at 434 NE Evans Street, McMinnville, Oregon or online at the Yamhill County website. All applications must be submitted to Carrie Martin by mail at 535 NE Fifth Street, McMinnville, OR 97128 or through email at martinc@co.yamhill.or.us. To reach SEDCOR Yamhill County Business & Retention Manager Abisha Stone, please call 503-507-4175 or email astone@sedcor.com.

Techstars Startup Weekend If you have an idea for an invention or business start-up, IndyIdeaHub invites you to participate in the first-ever Techstars Startup Weekend focused on rural communities. IndyIdeaHub is funded by the Rural Opportunity Initiative and includes the City of Independence Economic Development Director Shawn Irvine, Kate Schwarzler of Indy Commons, and SEDCOR Rural Innovation Catalyst Alex Paraskevas, who are hosting the event.

Techstars Startup Weekend: Independence Small Town Tech starts on Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m. and concludes with final presentations the evening of June 21. Participants must purchase tickets in advance for $20, with the public invited to the opening pitch event and final presentations. The event will be held at Indy Commons, 278 S. Main St. Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where attendees learn how to build a company in a weekend. Since 2007, Techstars Startup Weekend has taken place in over 150 countries with more than 200,000 alumni. Participants take their product or business idea to the next level and join in a huge worldwide network of entrepreneurs. The event’s goal is to raise awareness of the untapped tech talent pipeline in the Mid-Willamette Valley and help break stereotypes around what rural communities have to offer. “Our community has the capability to take an idea and grow it here,” she said. “We want to show people they can build their companies in Independence.” Schwarzler said an entrepreneur’s idea should be a new idea, and not one that is actively being worked on by a company. The problem seeking a solution can span social, educational, financial, environmental or other issues. Most importantly, the event is a starting point for entrepreneurs to share an idea, get some feedback and meet other attendees to continue working on their idea. To learn more, email independence@startupweekend.org or check out the community page athttp://communities.techstars.com/ events/14498

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Partners search for technology solutions If farmers in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley wanted to continue to grow broccoli, Ron Pearmine knew there would need to be a new way to harvest it. Traditionally hand harvested, farmers were growing about 2,000 acres of broccoli in 2012 compared to 1,000 acres in 2018. The reduction is due to labor shortages and higher production costs. Established in 1956, Pearmine Farms is a fourth-generation family farm in Gervais where it grows broccoli, beans, cauliflower, sweet corn, cherries, hops and grass seed on 1,200 acres. Several years ago, Pearmine began tinkering with a mechanical broccoli harvester but shelved the plan. When he realized there was going to be a labor shortage, he dusted off the plans in 2017. Using an old bean picker, Pearmine’s prototype has three rows of spinning blades to cut the broccoli that travels on a conveyor belt where the leaves are removed and the broccoli goes into a bin. In 2018, the harvester was used to cut broccoli at Pearmine’s farm along with two neighboring farms. While the machine effectively cut the broccoli, the problem was the machine cut everything at once, not adjusting for the differences in the height and width of each broccoli plant, resulting in sacrificing yield.

fields to grow uniform in maturity or for the harvester’s blades to be able to adjust its cutting heights. Acknowledging the harvester had its drawbacks, Pearmine teamed up with Marion County to receive a $10,000 grant to sponsor a George Fox University Senior Design Team. SEDCOR Rural Innovation Catalyst Alex Paraskevas said the Pearmine’s story is an example of how farmers, colleges, businesses and others can partner on agricultural-technology projects. “Whether it’s finding more efficient ways to harvest crops, monitor water use or use information technology to make decisions, technology can assist farmers in many ways,” Paraskevas said, adding George Fox is just one example of how colleges are working with local farmers. Dr. Bob Harder, who is the dean of engineering at George Fox University, the program allows students to get hands-on experience using technology and innovation. While students progressed on the project, Harder said it would take another year to get it working proficiently. Students created a “broccoli-merry-go-round” simulator; developed a computer program for cameras to take pictures of the broccoli to determine where broccoli should be cut and reconfigured the cutting system, Harder said. Continued next page

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS Continued from page 15 The students learned it’s one thing for the automated variable height broccoli harvest to work in the classroom compared to in the field. “We had some glitches with image blurs due to shutter speeds,” Harder said. Although the broccoli harvester still needs refinement, the partnership SEDCOR, Marion County, Pearmine Farms and George Fox University was a success. Harder shared each of his students left with valuable work experience. “If other farmers or companies have ideas using technology, I invite them to work with us,” he added.

Oregon Heritage grants Something old will become something usable, thanks to grants from Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The cities of Woodburn, Dallas, Turner and Stayton are receiving a total of $800,000 from Oregon Heritage - $200,0000 each in matching grants through Oregon lottery bonds for economic development revitalization building projects in their cities as part of the Oregon Main Street Network.

Dallas Polk County’s scenic beauty draws hundreds of bicycle tourists every year to explore its backroads and cities. With only three hotels in the county including one in Dallas, there is a lack of places for bicycle tourists to stay. Thanks to a $200,000 grant, the Dallas Downtown Association will be able to begin revitalizing the Embree buildings, built in 1895 and 1898. The grant money will pay for half of the planned building improvements including roof replace and updated plumbing and electrical systems. The plan is to convert the

second floors of the Victorian-style buildings on Main Street into a cycling hostel and boutique hotel. The Latitude One restaurant is on the ground floor of the 904 Main Street property.

Stayton Revitalize Downtown Stayton, which is the grant recipient, said the money will be used to improve the entire 300 block of Third Street in downtown Stayton. Five owners of the seven buildings will remodel their facades. Each building owner will contribute $12,000 to the project before receiving the $40,000 they are due to get. The grant states the work must be done by 2022.

Turner The City of Turner will use the $200,000 grant to renovate the former Ball Brothers gas station. After receiving other grants and loans, the city was able to have Pratum Co-Op manager the gas station part of the property in April. The grant will be used to renovate the former car showroom and renovate the outside of the building as well as put in a new sidewalk and landscaping. The grant will be supplemented with $50,000 from the city. Once the renovations are done, the city’s goal is to have the space be used for retail businesses.

Woodburn The City of Woodburn plans to use its $200,000 Oregon Main Street Revitalization grant for the Historic City Hall building in downtown Woodburn. The city staff is working with property owner Anthony Young on the redevelopment of the 1914 building that was a city hall, jail, firehouse and police station until 1977. The Historic City Hall building is one of only three properties in Woodburn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 2017, Young has been working with the city staff, architects and contractors on a redevelopment plan that includes the adaptive reuse of the first and second floors as multi-residential housing with residential and commercial in the basement level and commercial in the former firehouse.

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Visitors become residents/ business owners Meet: Diana Riggs and Todd Severson, owners of Mac Market in McMinnville. Diana is a freelance designer and Todd is a senior account manager for Praxair. What brought you to McMinnville: We lived on the road in an old Airstream for two years on a mission to find our new hometown. The first time we came through McMinnville, we were struck by its charm, and our visits back became longer with shorter gaps in between. Beyond the immense beauty and ideal location from the Oregon Coast and Portland, we found incredibly genuine people who care for each other and support thoughtful economic growth. The opportunity for us as a family and as entrepreneurs was perfectly ripe. Where did you get the inspiration for starting Mac Market? The community. We had some ideas for the old building that is now Mac Market, but most of all we knew we loved it. From there, we asked anyone and everyone what they wanted to see happen in McMinnville and especially along Alpine Avenue— which is a part of the new urban renewal district—and Mac Market is the result of that. Todd and I have also been fortunate to travel a lot and have seen many food hall/gathering spaces around the world. Those experiences have helped guide the concept. In a lot of ways, we are building something that we would like to visit. Continued on next page

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWS What are three reasons you would encourage someone to visit Mac Market? Mac Market is a place to: 1. Be adventurous—explore new flavors and learn the stories behind them. 2. Gather with the community—from your first cup of coffee to a late-night meal. 3. Celebrate happy occasions—host your private event or drop-in for public happenings like cooking workshops or live music. We are shooting for end of June to be officially open and will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends. What makes you most proud about the project? That we will be a springboard for other small food and drink businesses. I am a strong proponent of collaboration over competition. I believe this valley is full of talent and energy and together, we can share our bounty with the world. Economic development is about partnerships. Who are some of the partners you worked with to get the project started? My initial connection with McMinnville Economic Development Partnership is a big part of the reason this project exist. Their encouragement alone could have driven me through, but they also opened the floodgates of support by connecting me with the city and other local business owners. Building those relationships and getting feedback early helped us be more efficient in planning. Teresa Smith from Citizens Bank in McMinnville is also a huge

advocate for the project. She helped us navigate funding and was also a great connector for resources. Cellar Ridge, our general contractor, has been a wonderful partner as they deeply care for the community and helped inform decisions on concept and design. I’ve also found that attending McMinnville Urban Renewal Area Committee (MURAC) meetings, Visit McMinnville board meetings, and anywhere else they let me in the door, very helpful. Relationships are one of the most important aspects of starting a business and to me, they are a big part of the reason it’s worthwhile. www.macmkt.com

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Advocating for Marion County By Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron Prior to my appointment as a county commissioner, I served 9.5 years representing the residents of House District 19 in the Oregon State Legislature. Recently, I’ve spent great deal of time at the capitol, where I’ve enjoyed catching up with former colleagues, staff, and friends. However, I’m primarily there to advocate on behalf of Marion County, weighing in on legislation that could affect our residents and businesses. More than 2,700 bills have been introduced so far this legislative session. The Association of Oregon Counties estimates that 60 percent of bills introduced affect counties in some way. As a county, we are actively monitoring 95 bills in program areas ranging from public safety, solid waste and recycling, public and mental health, land use, economic development, and transportation. Legislators are inundated with multiple and often competing, interests. It’s our job as commissioners to provide informative and impactful comments on how proposed legislation could affect our communities. Along with Commissioners Brentano and Willis, I regularly provide written and oral testimony on proposed legislation, meet with legislators, and work with other government and community partners on issue briefs and other educational material. This session, we have supported legislation to: • Continue the successful CourtCare program that provides childcare for parents who need to attend court for a variety of reasons; • Preserve our innovative, comprehensive solid waste and recycling system; • Complete the Newberg-Dundee bypass for less congested, safer roads in north Marion County; and • Fund Regional Solutions, which provides economic development resources in our area.

This is just a sampling of legislation we have provided testimony on and continue to track. We recently saw the impact of our advocacy during the 2016 Legislative session on Marion County businesses. In 2016, we advocated for the passage of Senate Bill 1565 that authorizes counties to adopt an ordinance providing for a property tax exemption for newly constructed rural industrial improvements valued between $1 million and $25 million. Working with SEDCOR Marion County Business Retention and Expansion Manager Nick Harville, DK Fab, Inc. and Hopmere Cold, LLC were the first two businesses in the state to seek exemptions under the new program. Combined, the county anticipates an additional $6.6 million in taxable property value. This is a win for growing businesses as they seek to remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. Along with my fellow commissioners, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the work of SEDCOR on behalf of economic development in Marion County. We appreciate and rely on the valuable information they provide and how they help us to achieve the county’s economic development goals.

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Working to find solutions By Polk County Commissioner Mike Ainsworth Oregonians take pride in the quality and quantity of our water. There’s an acknowledged understanding of the importance of water in our daily lives and in its contribution to our economy. In Polk County, water is a critical element to our agricultural industry. As Oregonians, we have a tendency to water for granted – that it will always be there – clean and plentiful. Recent events illustrate how quickly that things can change when it comes to water. West Salem residents, who are in Polk County, experienced a health advisory for almost a month last year after cyanotoxins were found in the City of Salem’s drinking water. News that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Oregon are examining how to reallocate water to meet the demands of municipal and industrial water supply, irrigation, and fish and wildlife uses came as a surprise to many who weren’t aware of this plan. I believe the first step in ensuring the quality and quantity is inviting our partners to the table and having conversations about our plans for today, tomorrow and the future. That’s why I am thankful for the work SEDCOR is doing to share information, including recently hosting two AG Breakfasts – one in Pork County and the other in Marion County” on “Water: The impact of water reallocation on the agriculture industry.” SEDCOR also invited food and beverage manufacturers in Salem and West Salem to hear a presentation about the City of Salem’s plan to ensure water quality.

As a county commissioner, I am dedicated to building foundations for people to grow and prosper and making Polk County a wonderful place to live, work and raise families. This can be accomplished by working with our partners on the water issues facing businesses, municipalities and residents in Polk, Yamhill and Marion counties. We need to have some challenging conversations where people can bring their ideas to the table on what needs to be done. Whether it’s looking at ways to store more water or make improvements to our water treatment facility or protect what we already have, these are discussions we need to consider having now with our partners. It’s going to take all of us gathering at the table to find solutions. As the old saying goes, we need to plan now for “a rainy day.”

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Economic dimension of water By Yamhill County Commissioner Rick Olson Much of the water diverted from Western Oregon streams and reservoirs or pumped from aquifers is used in agriculture or agriculture related industries and businesses in the Willamette Valley. Many residents of Polk, Yamhill and Marion counties earn their living through some connection with agriculture. In our region, we have residents who either work directly as a farmer or farm worker, or indirectly in one of the many endeavors supporting farming activities or the processing, packaging, and shipping of agricultural products such a wine, hazelnuts, and fruits and vegetables from both large farms and smaller organic and farm-to-fork operations. Water plays a critical role in providing livelihood opportunities and sustaining the economic vitality and health and welfare of rural families and businesses in the Willamette Valley. Sustainable water resources management and understanding the multiple connections and feedback mechanisms between water resources, water use, water conservation, and our economy is crucial including addressing the financial and economic dimensions associated with water resources use, governance, and infrastructure. Understanding Oregon and county land use planning and its impact on water regulations and how they cross different economic and business sectors like agriculture, energy, industry, shipping, recreation and urban and rural water supply, at local, regional and transboundary scale is critical. As we continue to increase the need for usable water and the cost to process it from raw water to finished or usable water it will be critical that new innovative partnerships are formed and water managed on a regional effort for water consumers in the Willamette Valley including residential, agriculture, commercial, and industrial sectors. This innovative type of

partnership has been formed in the past several years with the formation of the Yamhill Regional Water Authority which includes partners McMinnville Water and Light, The City of Carlton, and the City of Lafayette. As part of this joint agreement and partnership, the City of McMinnville through its Water and Light Commission has the capacity to furnish the City of Carlton water from McMinnville’s coast range reservoirs McGuire, and Haskins Creek. Through a tax foreclosed piece of property on the Willamette River east of Dayton, Yamhill County sold the parcel to McMinnville Water and Light for installation of a new pumping station that will pump water from the Willamette River using Willamette River water rights and county right a way to install a new large capacity water main to southeast McMinnville where a new water treatment plant will be constructed with an inter-tie with the City of Lafayette’s water system. Good management of water resources brings more certainty and efficiency in productivity across economic sectors and contributes to the health of the ecosystem. Future investment in water sources, management, infrastructure, and services is essential for enabling sustained economic growth now and in the future.







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CITY NEWS STAYTON The Oregon Association of Water Utilities 41th annual Technical and Management Conference is held each March at the Sunriver Resort. At its annual awards banquet for the third year in a row, the City of Stayton was named as the Best Tasting Surface Water in Oregon. The City of Stayton has excellent water which was proven this year by an unbiased panel of three judges who blind taste tested drinking water from around Oregon, judging it on clarity, bouquet, and taste. The City of Stayton has now won the Best Tasting Surface Water in Oregon for three years in a row. “There should be little doubt the City of Stayton has the best tasting water in Oregon,” Stayton City Manager Keith Campbell said. “This award illustrates the goals and objectives of our governing body and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our public works staff and their continued commitment to providing our community the best water in the state of Oregon.”

The City of Stayton’s Public Works Department celebrates receiving the Best Tasting Surface Water in Oregon for the third year in a row. Stayton’s Public Works department includes Tom Etzel, Bob Zeller, Michael Bradley, Kendall Smith, Mark Flande, Lance Ludwick, Lisa Meyer, Michael Schmidt and Ian Kintz-Stormo. The City of Stayton has been a member of the Oregon Association of Water Utilities (OAWU) since 2015. OAWU is a non-profit organization with over 700 members and serves Oregon’s water and wastewater utilities in hands-on training and technical services.


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SALEM’S WATER QUALITY STRATEGIES continued from page 6 Located in Polk County, West Salem residents receive water from the City of Salem. Polk County Commissioner Craig Pope said the reality that so many residents faced in the Mid-Willamette Valley last summer “with the threat of contamination of a primary drinking water source should motivate all in community leadership to consider better redundancy of supply.” Pope shared he has been a champion of expanding drinking water storage and supply for Polk County. “I will continue to point to examples where threats are more defined and occur too often,” Pope said. “Oregon invests poorly in water infrastructure and drinking water redundancy and needs to be more in step to meet the pace of population growth.”

Plans in place Salem City Manager Steve Powers said the city has focused on three areas to protect its drinking water: • Improving ways to treat its drinking water today; • Working on capital investments projects that keep it safe in the future; and • Making sure the city has the equipment, partnerships and volunteer resources in place to distribute water more quickly community-wide if an advisory is issued. The city is working with the Oregon Healthy Authority, Marion County Environmental Health Services and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to provide residents and businesses

the best available information on potential public health issues and steps. In April, the City of Salem along with SEDCOR hosted a meeting to inform food producers and beverage manufacturers of the city’s plan to protect its water quality. “Your confidence in us to provide safe drinking water will be rewarded,” Powers said. “There are strategies in place to provide safe drinking water for 2019 and into the future.” Salem Economic Development Manager Annie Gorski said the city has improved the ways it will communicate with the business community and residents if another drinking water advisory is issued. “I think the public can expect better information from us this year,” Gorski said. “We are more prepared to quickly share the information we have with the public and that we can make better and faster choices.”

Lines of defense Once the city spies the first algal blooms at Detroit Lake, the staff will begin sampling water at four locations: Log Boom, Big Cliff Dam and Middle Intake with the final test at Alders’ Gate. Both Dimke and Goeres-Priest said slow sand filtration removes 98 percent of the bad stuff like viruses, along with adding small amounts of chlorine, fluoride and soda ash. If city staff detects cyanotoxins, powered activated carbon or PAC will be added to the water near the intake. The PAC attaches to and removes the cyanotoxins from the water. City staff also can use acetic acid, which helps the slow sand filtration process

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by strengthening the biological layer or the Schmutzdecke, the layer that provides effective purification of the water. “We have doubled what we have in our toolbox this year to fight the cyanotoxins,” Goeres-Priest said. “We have more flexibility on what we can use and we have more barriers we can put in place. We also have quicker access to the test data so we can respond in real time.” The city is also investing in an ozone treatment system, with plans to be completed in the spring of 2021. Ozone is one of the strongest disinfectants used to treat water. “The City of Salem is setting itself ahead of everyone else,” Goeres-Priest said. “We are able to make decisions in real time

this year and we believe if we discover cyanotoxins in the water it will be easier for us to navigate a course to keep the city’s drinking water safe for both our residents and business community.”

The City of Salem has information about its drinking water and test results at https://www.cityofsalem.net/drinking-water

OTHER Events June 21-22: Antiques & Collectibles Home of The Great Oregon Steam Up July 27-28 & Aug 3-4, 2019

Branch 15 Swap Meet July 4-7: Civil War Reenactment Sept. 21: Hops & Vines (craft beer, wine & spirits)

For more info: 503-393-2424 office@antiquepowerland.com


Com merci a l R e a l Estate A ppr a isa ls. A c c u r ac y, Del i v e r e d on T i m e.

Risk and return. The stakes are always high in real estate investments. Powell Banz Valuation has in-depth knowledge of real estate valuation methods, especially when it comes to complex properties. We perform appraisal services for financing, acquisition/disposition, litigation, year-end and estate planning. We serve clients in all counties of Oregon and Washington. Appraisals for: Condemnation, Land, New Construction, Multi-Family, Mixed Use, Industrial, Hospitality, Commercial, Agricultural

Feasibility/Impact Studies, Market Rent Studies, Highest & Best Use Analysis, Expert Witness Testimony

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MAI. The designated difference behind a name you can trust.

P: 503.371.2403 | 201 FERRY STREET SE, SUITE 300 | SALEM, OREGON 97301 | POWELLBANZ.COM www.sedcor.com

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NEW MEMBERS research and production sites dotting the rolling hills of Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley. Visit www.oregoncbdseeds.com

CanStaff Employment Services is a family-owned and operated business with offices in Keizer and Albany in Oregon. At CanStaff, our mission is to bring together the Willamette Valley’s diverse workforce with our robust and growing business community. We have been working with employers in the Willamette Valley and beyond to find quality employees to fill their employment needs for more than 14 years. CanStaff serves a wide variety of industries including office, medical, light and heavy industrial, caregivers, warehouse and more. Our company goal is to find our applicants permanent employment through temp to hire positions, direct placements or to fill seasonal staffing needs. For more information, contact Ron Freeman 503-856-9596, ron@canstaff.net or visit us at www.canstaff.net.

JACK HEMPICINE Located in Independence, Jack Hempicine LLC is an industrial hemp farm. Its primary focus is industrial hemp seed research and development. The company is co-owned by brothers Seth and Eric Crawford who have 30 years of combined cannabis production experience and bring unique skill sets to the hemp industry. Eric earned two degrees from Oregon State University (Horticulture and Environmental Science). Seth earned degrees from OSU (BA (English), MPP (Public Policy)) and from the University of Oregon (MS and Ph.D. (Sociology)), published research on the political economy of cannabis, and is a recognized cannabis policy expert. Both were cannabis breeders and medical growers before entering the newly legalized domestic hemp industry in 2015. Today, these Oregon brothers operate one of the world’s leading, wholly independent cannabis breeding companies, with

Marion Ag Service, Inc. is a family owned Independent agricultural and industrial supply and service retailer in the St Paul, Oregon area. Founded in 1976 by Bob Hockett, it presently has 115 full-time employees in 12 divisions at four locations. Crop Life Magazine has ranked Marion Ag Service as the 77th largest Ag Retailer in the United States. Its business is focused in three core disciplines: Technical Services, Soil Health, and Nutrient Delivery. Marion Ag Service’s customers are many and varied ranging from Northern Willamette Valley farmers and nurserymen to wholesale supply distributors across the Western United States. Marion Ag Service’s mission is “The Commitment to Employ the Best People Who are Committed to Providing Exceptional Customer Service and Quality Products at a Competitive Price.” www.marionag.com

If you have news to share in Enterprise Magazine, please send an email to Kristine Thomas at kthomas@sedcor.com


Celebrating over 30 years in the industry. ENGINEERING SERVICES, INC

We are here to take you from start to finish. • Residential Subdivisions • Apartment Complexes – Site and Building Design • Commercial – Site and Building Design • Geotechnical Services • Land Planning – Comp Plan Zone Change, Conditional Use • Land Surveying and More

CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT 503-363-9227. Visit www.mtengineering.net for a further list of services.

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NEW MEMBERS Welcome New Members CanStaff Employment Services Jack Hempicine, LLC Marion Ag Service, Inc. The McLeod Group Network

Thank You to Renewing Members ABC Window Cleaners & Building Maintenance, LLC Adaptive Plastics Inc Allied Video Productions Bank of the Pacific BDI Staffing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals, Linda Tipton Boshart Trucking Cabinet Door Service Capitol Auto Group CB|Two Architects, LLC Citizens Bank - Dallas City of Sheridan CTEC Administration - Mountain West Investment Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce

DataVision Communications

Pfeifer Roofing, Inc.

DK Fab

Porth & Unrein, PC

Doty Pruett Wilson PC

Print Specialites

Energy Trust of Oregon New Buildings Program

Rabo AgriFinance

Fitzpatrick Painting

Safety Electric, Inc.

Fjord, LTD

Salem Business Journal


Salem Convention Center

Hancock Real Estate

Salem Electric

Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

Salem Printing & Blueprint, Inc.

HUB International Northwest LLC

Salem-Keizer Public Schools

Jet Industries, Inc.


Kuenzi & Company, LLC

Skyline Ford and Mercedes Benz of Salem

Lineage Logistics

SMI Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Lulay’s Car Connection, Inc.

South Town Glass

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions

Specialty Polymers, Inc.

Marion Polk Food Share, Inc.

Spirit Mountain Casino

Michael W. Grainey Consulting

Star Rentals

Mid Valley Association of REALTORS

The Grant Company

Mid-Valley Literacy Center

West Salem Business Association

Mid-Willamette Valley COG

Willamette Community Bank

Mt. Angel Publishing, Inc. Multi Tech Engineering Services, Inc.

Ram Steelco, Inc.

Willamette Valley Bank Willamette Valley Fruit Company

Oregon Cascade Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Willamette Valley Pie Co., LLC

Oregon State Credit Union

Member information Feb - April. 2019

Welcome to a Sustainable Future Owned and operated by Covanta, the Marion Facility converts 550 tons of trash per day into 13.1 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity that can power approximately 7,545 homes.

Covanta works with companies and communities to find sustainable solutions to their waste management challenges. With a global network of Energy-from-Waste and material processing facilities, Covanta is preserving valuable natural resources and generating clean energy for our client communities and the world we live in. At Covanta, we ensure that no waste is ever wasted.

Call for your tour today. www.sedcor.com

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MY NEXT JOURNEY: COLORADO As I make my exit as Director of Operations at SEDCOR, this quote from Coretta Scott King could not ring more true for me. “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” It truly has been amazing working with you all these past 21 years. When I joined SEDCOR in 1997, I had no idea the journey with this wonderful organization and impacts it would bring. From planning huge galas, golf tournaments and corporate dinners, it has been such an experience planning events. Watching the region grow with new businesses relocating and calling the Willamette Valley their new home has been exciting. The SEDCOR membership has been my second family as I have grown to know each of you of the years and this I will personally miss.

ENERGY COSTS TOO HIGH? TRY LOOKING AT IT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT. Want to lower your energy costs? When you update lighting and other equipment, you can see the difference instantly and recoup your investment in no time. Talk to a qualified trade ally to learn about Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives for all kinds of energy-saving solutions.


Get more from your energy. Visit www.energytrust.org/mybusiness or call us at 1.866.368.7878. Serving customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista.

I appreciate the astounding support from the community for economic development. The SEDCOR team is the best to work with and provide resources to the region at all times. My husband and I will be relocating to Denver, Colorado to be closer to our daughter as we begin a new chapter in our life. I will be working remotely from Denver thru the summer and assisting with the transition. All the best!

Nominees sought for SEDOR’s Annual Awards Celebration On Sept. 6, SEDCOR will honor the innovation and dedication of five businesses for their outstanding work in supporting economic development and the region. The SEDCOR Annual Awards Celebration begins at noon, Friday, Sept. 6 at the Salem Convention Center. We are requesting your input on award nominations. Awards will be presented to: Manufacturer of the Year • Business Partner of the Year Agri-Business of the Year • Innovative Product of the Year Community Service Award Nominees must be SEDCOR members. You can submit nominations for any of the categories. Please indicate which award, the company you are nominating, and the reason you feel the person or company deserves the award, with a brief description of the nominees’ work and efforts. Please email your nominations to tlundy@sedcor.com. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Monday, July 15.

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All plans offered and underwritten by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest. 500 NE Multnomah St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. ©2019 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest

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Enterprise Magazine Summer 2019  

Quarterly publication of the Strategic Economic Development Corporation of Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Enterprise Magazine Summer 2019  

Quarterly publication of the Strategic Economic Development Corporation of Oregon's Willamette Valley.