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SEDCOR Board and Staff Leaders, vision and resources propel region President’s Message by Erik Andersson
A leader in advocating for others’ success
Marion County Adopts Economic Strategy
SEDCOR Member Spotlight
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10 SEDCOR’s Annual Awards Celebration 14 Insights from the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry Celia Núñez
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Leaders, vision and resources propel region Welcome to Enterprise’s Winter edition. At the year’s end, we reflect on how the past 12 months have stacked up personally and professionally, while also wondering what the new year has in store. “Planning for the Future” is an appropriate theme for my first column, as it reflects the nature of many of the conversations I’ve had during my first days as SEDCOR’s new president.
Erik Andersson SEDCOR President
I believe that successful plans for the future need to be informed by the past and the present, so I have been doing a lot of listening and learning during my first days. It’s been exciting to learn what has been happening in the business communities in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, and hear the enthusiasm as friends and colleagues share their individual hopes and visions for the region’s future economic development opportunities. While I am new to SEDCOR as an employee, I have some history in the region. My years at Pacific Power allowed me to work on economic development projects in service territory communities including Stayton, Dallas and Independence, and it is gratifying to see the momentum continues to build in those areas. Prior to working for Pacific Power, I spent several years as Willamette Valley regional coordinator for Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s Economic Revitalization Team, working with communities in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. One of the aspects of being SEDCOR’s president that attracted me the most is working with the variety of communities and businesses in the region along with the innovative products and projects that spring from them. It’s exciting to see what materializes when you combine the natural resources of the Mid-Willamette Valley and the vision of its entrepreneurs and leaders. SEDCOR 2018 award winners AC Foods/Silver Mountain’s use of technology to improve sorting and packaging of its blueberry crops, and Freres Lumber’s mass panel plywood innovations provide two of many examples of such vision in our region. Returning to the Willamette Valley after a couple years in South Puget Sound where I was the economic development manager at Tacoma Public Utilities, I bring a renewed enthusiasm for working and living in the Mid-Willamette Valley. However, I valued my time in Tacoma, a city with a storied past of boom and bust economies, and a rich manufacturing heritage. While the city spends a lot of its time in the shadow of Seattle, Tacoma is quietly in the midst of a renaissance that may be one of the best kept secrets in the Northwest. While still a major port and industrial manufacturing center, the city has revitalized on a wave of investments in education and the arts. The University of Washington Tacoma campus is comprised of some of Tacoma’s oldest industrial buildings, now restored and modernized for classrooms for its 5,000 students. The blighted entrance to the downtown has been replaced with a lively collection of historic buildings, new businesses and world-class museums. A former copper smelter, once one of the most polluted sites in the country, is now the vibrant Point Ruston mixed-use center connected to downtown and Point Defiance Park by a waterfront trail along Commencement Bay. And perhaps most importantly, a concerted effort by the community’s schools, residents and businesses has led the graduation rate in Tacoma schools to go from 55 percent to 89 percent, the highest in the state, in less than a decade. I find Tacoma’s story inspiring because it has made a concerted effort to be the best Tacoma it can be, rather than a smaller Seattle or Portland. Whether you’re in a larger city like Salem or a smaller community like Dayton, identifying strengths and building upon what makes the community attractive to the businesses and residents already there and provides a solid basis for economic development. SEDCOR’s efforts at business retention and expansion ultimately play an important role in maintaining and improving the business climate of the Mid-Willamette Valley, which in turn helps attract new businesses. I would like to give a big thank you for the great work being done by the SEDCOR team and the warm welcome I have received from them, along with the SEDCOR board. And to membership and partners that support SEDCOR throughout the year, we all very much appreciate your commitment and engagement. As we stride into 2019, I look forward to meeting and reconnecting with the region’s businesses and communities; listening to the stories of success and opportunity; and working with our partners as we strive for a stronger, more diverse economy in the Mid-Willamette Valley.
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Planning for the Advocates for industries by Kristine Thomas
hatever the challenges or celebrations happening in their individual industries, both John Coleman and Matt Schuster know they each have a priceless partnership to help their industry remain vibrant now and into the future. A hop farmer, Coleman counts on the Oregon Hop Commission for assistance while Schuster, who farms hazelnuts, turns to the Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office. “The Oregon Hop Commission is similar to having another partner at the table looking out for our best interests,” John said. “The Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office is an advocate for our industry,” Matt shared. Here are their stories of how the farmers and the associations work together to plan for the future.
“Our overall goal is to provide support to Oregon’s hop farmers whether it’s answering questions or facilitating projects,” Michelle said. Hops are grown commercially only in Marion and Polk counties by about 25 families, many who are third, fourth, or fifth generation hop growers. While the Oregon hop industry has a rich history, Michelle said, “this is not your grandfather’s hop industry.” “Technology, market conditions and regulation have resulted in an ever changing hop industry and our growers have embraced the changes,” she shared. The Oregon Hop Commission works closely with Oregon State University on research programs. “I am very passionate about agriculture and want the hop industry to thrive in Oregon,” Michelle said.
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Michelle Palacios’ workdays are as varied as the hops grown and the craft beers created in Oregon. As the administrator of the Oregon Hop Commission, Palacios shared she recently helped organize the first ever Hop/Barley/Brewing Tailgate at Oregon State University, where guests toured the college’s hops and barley breeding facilities, pilot malting equipment, fermentation science research labs, and the college’s new pilot brewery. Next up on Michelle’s “to do list” was writing a letter to the Oregon Department of Agriculture about a product farmers may need to control voles and deer mice in hop yards. Whatever her day brings, her goal is consistent: to lend her support to Oregon’s hop growers. “Every day is a little different but I appreciate that the size and concentration of our industry allows me to know all of the commercial hop growers in Oregon,” Michelle said. Since 1964, the Oregon Hop Commission has been a valuable resource for the Oregon hop industry by expanding growth opportunities through research, education and promotion. SEDCOR Marion County Business Retention and Expansion Manager Nick Harville serves on the Oregon Hop Commission. To maintain economic stability of hop production in Oregon, OHC’s main objective is to provide sufficient research through agricultural and financial evaluations. Meeting once month, the commission is grower-funded and is facilitated by seven growers, one dealer/handler and one public member. 4 Enterprise Winter 2018
As a sixth generation Oregon hop grower, John Coleman guides his team as they string hop vines to a wire trellis system using a similar technique that his great, great, great grandparents used. In 1847, James and Frances Coleman along with their daughter left Iowa for Oregon, becoming one of the first families to settle in the Willamette Valley near the St. Paul Mission. While how they farmed differs from today’s sixthgeneration modern farmers Tom and Melissa Coleman, Ben and Jen Coleman, and John and Liz Coleman, their family’s legacy lives on. The current generation focuses on honoring the past while putting forth significant planning and hard work to secure their farm’s future. Headquartered in St. Paul, Coleman Agriculture specializes in growing hops, hazelnuts, seed crops and a variety of vegetables on their farms in Marion and Polk counties. As the largest hop grower in Oregon, the Colemans raise 23 varieties of aroma and alpha hops. During a recent Hop/Barley/Brewing Tailgate at Oregon State University this fall, the first Coleman Agriculture “Union” IPA– a collaborative effort with OSU’s fermentation team — was brewed using Strata, Crystal and Chinook hops grown on the Coleman Alluvial hop farm near Independence. Coleman Agriculture feels fortunate to benefit from the resources and expertise of their partnerships with Oregon State University and The Oregon Hops Commission. Planning for the Future
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“The Oregon Hop Commission is a valuable resource to us. They provide information to help hop growers connect to key industry influencers, stay up to date on current best practices, and agronomic data. They keep Oregon hop growers aligned and well informed,” John shared. The Oregon Hop Commission is working with researchers to find new ways to combat powdery and downy mildew as well as providing opportunities to represent hops grown in the USA at Brau, a global beverage event held annually in Nuremberg, Germany. John shared it’s a harvest highlight to have brewers visit his family’s farms during harvest to immerse in the bounty and see them become inspired about their future brews. “By visiting with the brewers, it helps us know what hop varieties interest them and how we can work together to create notable craft beer,” he said. “It’s a very unique and valuable partnership. We often have buyers and brewers visiting from around the world to tour and understand our work and the uniqueness of Oregon hops.” Dedicated to land management practices which maintain a sustainable and ecological farming operation, Coleman Agriculture is one of the select farms in the world certified as Salmon Safe, who requires farming practices which protect water quality, maintain watershed health and restore natural habitats. Coleman Agriculture is dedicated to looking at new and innovative ways to farm creatively and to create a closer connection between the farm and the consumer. Above all, the current generation is focused on securing a healthy and thriving farm business in order to successfully continue the family legacy into future generations.
Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office From research to marketing to economic issues, Oregon hazelnut farmers know whatever the situation that they have a staunch ally in the Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office in Aurora. Working with Assistant Manager Juli Jones and Director Polly Owen, Meredith Nagely is the Manager for the Oregon www.sedcor.com
Hazelnut Industry Office home to the Hazelnut Marketing Board; The Oregon Hazelnut Commission; The Nut Grower’s Society of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia; and Associated Oregon Hazelnut Industries. Meredith said each of the four entities plays a vital role in providing support to the 800 families growing hazelnuts in the Willamette Valley. The total value growers received for their hazelnut crop has averaged nearly $97 million during the last five years. This translates into a total economic impact of more than $242 million in Oregon. “We work for everyone in the industry,” Meredith said. “If there is an issue and it’s brought to us, we help however we can.” Meredith shared her and her colleagues’ responsibility is to provide neutral, confidential information to hazelnut industry. “We provide our farmers with information so they can make decisions,” Meredith said. About 25 years ago, farmers were faced with the problem of Eastern Filbert Blight, which does not impact the nuts’ quality but does reduce the trees ability to produce. With hazelnut orchard acreage stagnant at 29,000 acres, Meredith said industry growers have funded more than $5 million in research to combat Eastern Filbert Blight, which helped researchers at Oregon State University develop disease resistant varieties. Through the collaborative efforts of growers finding a way to combat the blight and OSU introducing several hazelnut cultivars resistant to the disease, farmers began planting trees. Since 2009, the total acreage has reached over 73,000 acres of hazelnut trees, with 33,005 acres of trees 1-5 years old; 11,250 acres of trees 6-10 years old; and 28,098 acres of older trees. The USDA forecasted between 46,000 to 48,000 tons of hazelnuts for 2018. Trees don’t reach full producing potential until about their 10th year. “Handlers have been preparing for a larger crop for a couple of years now,” Meredith said, “focusing on both domestic and emerging international markets and will find a home for whatever crop size we get.” Enterprise Winter 2018
FEATURE STORY continued from page 5 With 99.9 percent of hazelnuts grown in Oregon, Nagely said the industry is working with food influencers, the Oregon State Food Innovation Center, and food and beverage companies to find a way to incorporate hazelnuts into their recipes and products. “Our goal is to be able to look down the road and begin to address things now for the industry’s future success,” she said.
Chapin Orchards Matt Schuster and Austin Chapin of Chapin Orchards in Gervais have high hopes for their recently planted hazelnuts but will have to be patient for many years. “Hazelnuts are long-term crops,” Austin said. “They are not something you plant this year and expect a profit next year.” Matt shared hazelnut trees will generally produce a Back row, left to right: Todd Koch of Greenleaf Hop Farms in St. Paul; Brandon Davidson small crop by their fourth year but won’t reach their of Lone Oak Farm in Woodburn and Bill Delema of John I. Haas, Inc. in Hubbard full production until around their 14th year. Front row, left to right: Michelle Palacios of Oregon Hop Commission; Gayle Matt said Oregon currently has about 70,000 acres Goschie of Goschie Farms in Silverton and Ben Smith of B&D Farms in St. Paul planted with 40 percent of the trees 5 years or younger. Which means Oregon’s production will be doubling in Working with the Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office provides the next five to seven years. farmers like himself with valuable information, resources and “Any orchard we plant today is for the next generation,” contacts, whether it is working with Oregon State University Matt said. “With hazelnuts, you are always thinking long or attending the industry’s summer and winter meetings. term.” “What I appreciate working with the Oregon Hazelnut Bruce Chapin along with his son, Austin, 35, and his Industry Office is if I have an issue or question, I can call son-in-law Matt Schuster, 45, are co-owners of Chapin Meredith who is a great knowledge base and advocate for Orchards LLC and Chapin Dehydrating LLC. Bruce planted his farmers,” Matt said. first hazelnuts with his father, Jack, in 1969. Since then, their With the increase of nuts being harvested in years to come hazelnut plantings have grown to about 600 acres. that means many questions from new markets and growers. From mid-September to November, Matt said he and his The Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office is in a position to fellow employees work from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. to harvest, clean provide assistance by being the point of contact to disseminate and dry hazelnuts before taking them to Northwest Hazelnut information. Co., or George Packing Co. for processing. “There’s a lot of excitement in our industry for both the As an industry, Matt said hazelnut farmers are always searching for ways to improve upon what they do. present and the future,” Austin said.
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A leader in advocating for others’ success Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson has endured plenty of pushback on her ideas whether it was revitalizing the Marion County Fair or advocating for reentry citizens. Not one to balk at the words “it can’t be done,” Carlson has championed in finding solutions to make a difference in people’s lives. Elected in November 2002 as a county commissioner, Carlson decided not to run for reelection this fall. Carlson and her husband, Dee, plan to move to Boise in 2019. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. Colm Willis was elected Nov. 6 to her seat and will begin serving in January. Earning her bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, her master’s degree from Brigham Young University and her Ph.D. in education and public policy from the University of Oregon, Carlson has been a teacher, a budget analyst for the State of Oregon and served as a budget director and regional coordinator for the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. She served as a state representative in the Oregon Legislature in 2001-02. Her background prepared her for 16 years as a county commissioner where she was called upon to use not only her analytical and research skills but also her logic and compassion. “I brought my skillset to the table and focused on areas that I knew I could make a difference such as homelessness, children and families and reentry programs,” she said. Known for asking the tough questions, Carlson shared she’s not a quiet person and will stand up for what she believes is right. “I have always been engaged because I feel like it is my responsibility to make things better for others,” she said. When she was appointed to the Marion County Fair board as its treasurer, she was tasked with crunching numbers and finding ways to bring more people to the fair to make it financially solvent. Her ideas were met with resistance. “Sometimes, I had to deliver messages that were hard for some people to hear but they needed to hear them,” she said. To provide a glimpse of how Carlson has gone above and beyond to make a difference in people’s lives, there is Jill’s story. A convicted felon, Jill struggled with mental illness and poor choices until she received assistance from Marion County’s Reentry Initiative. When Carlson met Jill, she thought she would be serving as an organizational resource. From driving Jill to meet a daughter she hadn’t seen in years to helping her write a letter to get a job after she was denied employment due to her criminal record, Carlson shared she has learned a person’s life story is so much more than what’s written on paper.
Describing Jill as a friend, Carlson said she benefited more from what Jill taught her than she gave to Jill. And more importantly, when people are given a chance and support, they can make incredible strides to become contributing members of society, she said. A program near and dear to Carlson, the Marion County Reentry Initiative is a collaborative effort Janet Carlson many partners are working on to rebuild lives, promote community safety, and save taxpayer money by breaking the cycle of criminal activity. The 10th annual “Giving People a Second Chance” breakfast was held in October. “Supervising people through parole and probation is only part of the equation,” Carlson said. “People have to have housing, they have to have jobs, they have to have good support systems, and they have to reunite with their families. Parenting can become a real challenge. There are a lot of barriers for people trying to successfully reintegrate into the community.” By providing comprehensive services, Marion County has seen dramatic reductions in recidivism – from 37 percent in 2002 to holding steady at 20 percent the last few years. Looking back on her public service career, Carlson takes pride in removing roadblocks to help people become self-sufficient, leading to healthier communities for all. “I am grateful I had the time, the position and the resources and I used them to the best of my ability to make a difference,” Carlson said.
Ten years ago, Commissioner Janet Carlson was instrumental in starting the Marion County Reentry Initiative Program. The results to date are: • Reductions in recidivism by more than 50 percent. • Served more than 14,000 formerly incarcerated individuals. • Nearly 6,000 have found assistance at the De Muniz Resource Center, a one-stop reentry center, since it opened in 2011. • SOAR (Student Opportunity for Achieving Results) – an intensive program focused on gaining employment and overcoming substance abuse – just graduated its 30th class.
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Marion County Adopts Economic Strategy Faced with the challenge of making choices and investments
Gonzalez said economic development requires a strong vision
resulting in a long-term positive impact on the local economy,
and the alignment of resources from regional partners and
Marion County Economic Development Coordinator Tom Hogue
and Marion County Management Analyst Danielle Gonzalez shared until recently many of their decisions were “reactionary.” Now for the first time in Marion County’s history, they have a “road map.” The Marion County Board of Commissioners approved an Economic Development Strategy to grow the economy, increase employment, and improve the county’s standard of living. “The strategy will give us clear direction to determine what projects the county should say ‘yes’ to and which ones to say ‘no,’ to,” Hogue said. Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron said the strategic focus assists the county in its work with its partners to make sure the environment for investment and productivity growth is
Both Gonzalez and Hogue shared the strategy consists of defined values, goals, and objectives articulating the assets unique to Marion County and establishes a long-range vision guiding future investments of fiscal and staff resources. While the plan is firm in its focus of providing context, clarity and purpose to the type of strategic projects and ideas that will retain, support and grow an economically diverse community, the plan is also flexible enough to address economic development challenges and opportunities. Hogue said the strategy allows county staff members to tackle common roadblocks to economic development throughout the county including workforce, shovel ready sites and infrastructure
while also assisting cities with their individual visions and goals.
“Our ability to provide services in the county depends on the
“We will work with the cities by bringing them to the table and
growth and investment in equipment and property,” he said.
asking people what kind of help they need and then asking how
“Revenues generated from those investments provides the funds
county leadership and resources can help solve their problems,”
for programs that keep our communities safe and livable.”
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SEDCOR Member Spotlight
Editor’s Note: SEDCOR is featuring stories of partnerships between its members and local businesses. In this edition, we focus on Willamette Community Bank and 1859 Cider Co. Trained as environmental scientists, Patricia and Dan Fox both decided to use their backgrounds to learn the art of winemaking and vineyard management, only to discover their true love was making cider. “We were enjoying making cider out of our garage,” Dan said. “It was a new industry and we thought we could do it better by taking a winemaker’s approach to it.” Patricia and Dan explained a winemaker’s approach to making cider is fruit-focused. “We want to showcase the fruit,” Patricia said. “We used to go to cider events and ask, what sort of apples are you using? The boilerplate answer was ‘Northwest fresh-pressed’ or ‘Northwest apples.’ If you were working in wine, that answer would get you fired! We saw there’s a niche for premium ciders in this market.” That was their inspiration to start 1859 Cider Co. in 2016. Their tasting room is located in the historic downtown alley between Liberty and Commercial St. at 249 Liberty St. NE, Suite 140 in Salem. Patricia and Dan grow about 80 varietals of fruit on their own land and source fruit from local orchards from Salem to Hillsboro. They also research rootstock for Oregon State. While a typical cidery might release a blend within 48 hours, 1859 Cider ages its offerings after four months to two years. “It’s our passion,” Patricia said. “We’re using local, seasonal fruit, protecting local farms. We would never release something unless we believed it was just right.” While their expertise was crafting ciders, they turned to Kevin Thomas at Willamette Community Bank for helping their business get off the ground. “We had a pretty robust business plan,” Dan said, “but usually with a startup, banks don’t give you the time of day. Then someone told us about Willamette Community Bank.”
Patricia and Dan Fox are the owners of 1859 Cider Co. Patricia recalls how Kevin loved the fact they were environmental scientists and that they care about the fruit and the land. Kevin helped the Foxes through the process of getting their loan and connected them with Business Oregon. From there, 1859 took off. During its first year, the cidery earned several honors from magazines including, “Best Newcomer in the Nation;” “Best Cider in the State;” and “Top Five Ciders in North America.” This year, Sunset Magazine named 1859 as a “Number One Cidery in the Western United States.” Both Dan and Patricia are excited for the future growth of 1859 and the support it has received. Willamette Community Bank Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager Steve Horning said his company is committed to working with businesses to find out what they need and then brainstorming solutions together. The goal is to find the best way to serve the business, he said, adding if they can’t meet a business’ needs, then they will utilize resources and relationships built within our community for other possible options. If you would like to share a story for SEDCOR Spotlight, please contact Kristine Thomas at email@example.com
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Honoring leaders at SEDCOR’s Annual Awards Celebration Anyone who has ridden a 10-speed bike knows the necessity of shifting gears to climb a hill, coast downhill or speed along flat roads. Trying to ride the bicycle in one gear can be both challenging and downright impossible. The five recipients of the 2018 SEDCOR Annual Awards realized to keep their companies viable now and into the future, they would have to change gears. Each business took the opportunity to evaluate how they were currently operating their business; step back and contemplate how they wanted to move forward and then took a risk and shifted gears to advance their business. And by shifting gears, the award recipients brought economic vitality and jobs to their individual communities. The lead economic development agency for Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, SEDCOR’s Annual Awards Celebration honors the outstanding achievements of local businesses and community leaders. “Every year, I am impressed by the innovation and dedication of the businesses who receive an award,” SEDCOR Board Chair Mark Hoyt said. “What is so remarkable this year is how each of the businesses took a risk from creating a new product to venturing into uncharted territory to make their company stronger to meet changing markets.” More than 350 SEDCOR members and civic and government officials attended the event at the Salem Convention Center, sponsored by First Interstate Bank and Saalfeld Griggs. The 2018 awards were presented to: • Ticor Title – Community Service Award • Marion County – Business Partner of the Year • AC Foods/Silver Mountain- Agri-Business of the Year Award • Red Barn Hemp – Innovative Product • Freres Lumber Co. - Manufacturer of the Year
COMMUNITY SERVICE – TICOR TITLE If Laura Piatt, Heather Smith and Peter Harris decide to wear jeans to work on a Friday, they know it’s going to cost them $5. For each of them and their Ticor Title colleagues, it’s $5 well spent, especially considering the company is on track to make more than $100,000 in donations in 2018.
For Ticor Title employees, it’s about using their collective power to make a tremendous difference in contributing to healthy communities. For its dedication of making a difference, SEDCOR is honored to present Ticor Title with its 2018 Community Service Award.
BUSINESS PARTNER – MARION COUNTY Since its beginning, Marion County has played an integral role in Oregon’s history and continues to do so 175 years later. “Our goal is to do what we can to see other people succeed,” Marion County Economic Development Coordinator Tom Hogue said. Commissioner Kevin Cameron shared Marion County is about people and providing them with essential services such as public safety, well-maintained roads, mental and public health and other services. “Economic development and investments drive our ability to provide these services,” Commissioner Cameron shared. “It provides momentum and opportunities for investment in our communities.” The partnership between Marion County and SEDCOR is one based on trust, each knowing they can count on the other and more importantly, sharing the same goal of working to benefit traded sector businesses.
A quote by journalist and author Tom Brokaw summarizes Ticor Title’s benevolence. “It’s easy to make a buck,” Brokaw said. “It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” At Ticor Title, volunteering is about celebrating an employee’s passion for a project and then doubling it with “Ticor power.” “If something is important to our staff, it needs to be important to our company,” Laura said. From participating in Habitat for Humanity Build Days to sending care packages to military members, Ticor Title employees volunteer and donate to numerous organizations. A valuable SEDCOR supporter, Ticor participates in its forum lunches, golf tournament and Oregon Economic Forum.
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Cameron said Marion County values its partnership with SEDCOR. “SEDCOR helps promote our region nationally and internationally and helps existing businesses grow and recruits new businesses to our area,” Cameron said. “This brings innovation, new products, and more importantly jobs to Marion County. SEDCOR is a critical link in achieving a positive quality of life for Marion County residents.” For its 175 years of dedication to its citizens and for being a regional catalyst in economic development, SEDCOR is honored to present Marion County with the 2018 Business Partner of the award.
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AC Foods leadership team members Tom Avinelis, Will Susich, Jacob Peters and Tyson Davies explained AC Foods’ core values are its commitment to EATS - Excellence, Accountability, Transparency and Stewardship. “These values inform the way we make decisions, operate, and interact with all of the people and communities we impact,” Susich said. “As we work towards those goals, we strive to be good neighbors, good employers, and good stewards of natural resources.” Avinelis said AC Foods plans to utilize technology to make Oregon agriculture successful now and into the future, adding, “AC is dedicated to growing healthy food, contributing to our community and supporting the local community,” Continued next page
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INNOVATIVE PRODUCT – RED BARN HEMP If tulip bouquets were missing from the cooler at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Iverson family members immediately knew whom to suspect. “Grandpa was known for taking tulips to all the local businesses,” his granddaughter Christina Iverson said wiping away her tears. “And if he were still here, he would probably be giving away products from Red Barn Hemp especially knowing how it can make people’s lives better,” his daughter Barb Iverson added with a chuckle. Mentioning grandpa or dad - Ross Iverson - brings both laughter and tears to the Iverson family. At age 90, Ross Iverson was diagnosed with terminal cancer and sent home with a bag of pills that made him lethargic. The family agreed to give him CBD to alleviate his pain and giving him 42 days of great memories with his family and friends before he passed. Seeing how hemp made a difference for their family inspired the Iversons to grow the crop and start Red Barn Hemp, creating and selling a variety of hemp products.
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The third generation of the farm, Iverson cousins Christina, 35; Megan, 25; and Emily, 19, are the owners of Red Barn Hemp. When faced with a challenge, Christina, Megan and Emily solve them by following the guidelines given to them by their parents and grandparents – work hard, continue to have integrity in everything they do and strive to make a difference in making a positive impact. For journeying into unexplored territory of growing hemp and developing new products, SEDCOR is proud to honor Red Barn Hemp with its 2018 Innovative Product of the Year.
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MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR – FRERES LUMBER CO. When he was 10 years old, Rob Freres earned $1 an hour to use a pike-pole to push logs from the pond into his family’s veneer plant. The pond has since been filled and the pike-pole replaced with a crane to move logs from the decks to the veneer plant. While equipment and techniques have come and gone since T.G. Freres established Freres Lumber Co. in 1922, what has remained steadfast is the family’s pioneering spirit. Now President of Freres, Rob, 62, shared their newest innovationthe Mass Panel Plywood or MPP. At a tour of the new MPP plant along with Kyle and Tyler Freres, Rob shared MPP is set to revolutionize the wood products and construction industries. Kyle is the Vice President of Operations and Tyler is the Vice President of Sales. “What we are doing with MPP is a natural evolution of everything we have already done,” Rob said. Freres’ innovation is transforming the way people think about construction and the building materials used. MPP is a building product that sequesters carbon, is sustainable, and it can reduce the labor and time required to construct mid to high-rise buildings. There are currently more than 400 buildings in the U.S. that are in planning or under construction using Mass Timber.
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How to Manage Stress While Running Your Business • Take control of your environment. Determine what causes you stress and then change it. Enlist the help of colleagues with any holiday-related tasks. Turn off the TV if the news makes you anxious. Hire a cleaning service rather than trying to work and keep the house spotless. Small changes can make a difference.
Whether you are the business owner or an employee, stress is inevitable.
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The list of things to do is always more than the time to do it. Add customers complaining, inadequate cash flow to cover expenses, game-changing decisions and the upcoming holidays to boot and it’s no wonder the winter months tend to be a time when people have more colds. Stress can cause anxiety, burn out, business failure, or family problems.
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Make time to exercise, eat right, get plenty of rest, and spend time with family and friends doing fun activities. The better you feel, the easier it is to deal with unexpected curveballs.
Here are a few ways to relieve stress and anxiety in your business and personal life: • Prioritize tasks. Always do what you dislike first to get it out of the way when your energy is at its highest. It’s unhealthy to avoid stressful situations. By eliminating the stressors in your life, you may be surprised at how much better you feel. • Learn to say “no.” Know your limits and stick to them. Distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” • Avoid people who stress you out. Limit the amount of time you spend with someone who consistently causes stress in your life. If need be, end the relationship.
• Honesty and integrity reduce stress and create a more productive and thriving business environment. While there is joy in earning a living, there are also stressors that could have long-term consequences. Whether you are a business owner or an employee , take the time to evaluate the stressors in your work and personal life, and implement the stress reducing tools that work best for you. Most importantly, remember to just breathe, knowing everything will be alright. Here’s to a joyous holiday season.
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2017-18 SEDCOR Annual Report SEDCOR was instrumental in working with its public and private partners to bring more than $151 million in new investments and adding or retaining a total of 697 jobs in the region for the 2017-18 fiscal year. This compares to the 2016-17 fiscal year when SEDCOR helped bring in more than $108 million in new investments that added or retained 595 jobs. Marion County Business and Retention Manager Nick Harville played a critical role in assisting several businesses grow in the 2017-18 fiscal year, including projects for Agriculture Capital, RedBuilt, DK Fab, Turner Lumber, Red Barn Hemp, Crosby Hop Farm and Pratum Co-op. Amazon and Oregon Fruit Products are two examples of how SEDCOR assists traded-sector companies. Working with the city of Salem, State of Oregon, Business Oregon, Regional Solutions Team, Oregon’s Dept. of Administrative Services and Marion County, SEDCOR helped recruit Amazon to the Mill Creek Corporate Center. SEDCOR, with the support of Marion County, partnered with the city of Salem to help Oregon Fruit remain in the region. Another important success was for the first time in SEDCOR’s 36-year history, there is a business retention manager in all three counties – Nick Harville in Marion; Alex Paraskevas in Polk and Abisha Stone in Yamhill. The SEDCOR team is looking forward to working with innovative traded sector companies in 2018-19 Fiscal Year and helping them achieve their business goals.
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Amazing Adventure Independence City Manager David Clyne isn’t exactly certain how he “stumbled” into a career of public service. As he quietly shares how his parents escaped Austria during Hitler’s regime; his work with AmericCorps Vista; growing up in the 1960s; and his passion for making a difference, it becomes evident why he chose to spend 40 years working in public service. “I think I chose the path where I could do the most good for the most people,” he said. “I chose a career where there are paths to justice and equity.” Set to retire on Dec. 31, Clyne, 66, reflected on his career, including eight years as Independence’s city manager. With each city, he benefited from using the same “stock and trade qualities.” “To do this job well, you have to be honest and credible,” he said. “More importantly, you have to actively listen to what people’s concerns are and respect whatever they have to say.” Emphasizing it takes a team approach to bring about positive changes, Clyne is quick to thank the staff, city councilors, mayor, and community and business members of Independence. Describing Independence as a historically rich and diverse community, Clyne said he’s proud to be part of the team that won the All America City Award. “It was the highlight of my professional career and frankly left me a little wet-eyed during the presentation from our incredible contingent of volunteers,” Clyne said, adding his thanks to the many people who have made Independence a town people want to be.
Independence City Manager David Clyne Independence Economic Development Director Shawn Irvine said Clyne was never afraid to push his staff to look at things differently, explore new options and deliver quality customer service regardless of the situation. “An innovative approach and a can do attitude have long been core values in Independence,” Irvine said. “I think David took these concepts and institutionalized them, which means his influence will linger long after retirement.” With retirement plans to travel with his wife, Peggy, and their dog, Koda, Clyne is grateful for an “incredibly rewarding” career. “The last 40 years have been an amazing adventure,” he said.
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Explore Polk County Norah Owings enthusiastically encourages people to “Polk around.” From enjoying breweries and wineries to exploring mountain biking and hiking trails to visiting quaint towns and historic sites, Owings shared there’s something for everyone to enjoy while visiting Polk County, home to Dallas, Falls City, Independence, Monmouth, Rickreall, Willamina and West Salem. Owings, 25, is the Polk County destinations development manager, responsible for researching, engaging and facilitating the development of new and existing tourism products. “I’m the person who knows things or at least I know the people who know things,” Owings said. “My job is to be the tourism connector in the communities, to engage current, new or future businesses and to assist them in building their products.” She works closely with the Polk County Tourism Alliance who is a driver of tourism projects and goals for the county. Irene Bernards is the marketing and public relations director, and executive vice president for Travel Salem. Bernards said before Owings was hired this summer, Maricela Guerrero was the destination development manager serving Marion and Polk counties.
Norah Owings is the Polk County destinations development manager. “Because the region geographically is quite large, Maricela was being stretched very thin. She was attending more than 26 meetings a month with various stakeholders and communities trying to help them move product development initiatives forward,” Bernards said.
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you,” Owings said. “There is so much potential in Polk County and we’re at a tipping point where all the organizations are collaborating to create a destination. Visitors are looking for authentic experiences and Polk County has just that.”
Bernards said the position is funded through the cities of Independence, Dallas and Monmouth; a Polk County grant, a Willamette Valley Visitors Association grant, and Travel Oregon and Travel Salem. Owings is a Travel Salem employee and worked with the Polk County Tourism Committee to build her specific work plan.
To see for yourself, she invites you to “Come Polk Around.”
“Norah was the perfect person for the position,” Bernards said, adding she has experience working in Polk County. “She has an enthusiastic personality and is very approachable. She brings a passion for Polk County to the job. She lives there and believes in the opportunities of the region.” Both Bernards and Owings shared tourism is an important component of economic development, bringing a record $593.1 million to the local economy last year and an additional $4.5 million generated by lodging tax revenue. The tourism industry provides 6,910 jobs in Marion and Polk counties. “Tourism is also often referred to as the front door to economic development because businesses/business owners may relocate or start a business in the region after first visiting the area,” Bernards said. When she moved to Polk County a year ago, she said she knew little about the area and is grateful to everyone who has shared their knowledge about tourist destinations. “I’ve been amazed by the world-class wineries, the adorable small towns, and recreational opportunities that we have,” she said. When friends or visitors ask her what to do, she’s quick to list the wineries and breweries including Rogue Farms, restaurants, cycling routes, attractive and welcoming towns, Spirit Mountain Casino and Chachalu Museum & Cultural Center. “If there is something you want to do, we can probably find it for
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Abisha Stone chosen for REAL Oregon leadership class SEDCOR Yamhill County Business Retention and Expansion Manager Abisha Stone was chosen for the second leadership class of REAL Oregon (Resource Education & Ag Leadership). Following the successful completion/graduation of Class 1, the organization announced the selection of 30 new natural resource professionals from throughout the state for Class 2. Participants were selected from a pool of well-qualified applicants and reflect a balanced mix of resource producers, agri-businesses, advocacy organizations, and government agencies. “I knew several participants from the first class, all of whom told me that this was an eye opening and life changing experience,” Stone said. “They were challenged to personally grow and develop while being engaged in learning opportunities throughout the state – I can’t wait for class to begin.” Bill Buhrig of Simplot Food Group and Board Chair for REAL Oregon said having such a successful first year helped with recruitment for Class 2. “We had a great response to the program in its second year,” Bihrig said. “The quality and diversity of Class 2 applicants was outstanding and touched all corners of the state.”
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REAL Oregon is a collaboration of industry and other groups throughout the state that have recognized the importance of developing and supporting leaders within Oregon’s natural resource communities. In addition to networking opportunities and learning more about the diversity of Oregon, the program brings current and future leaders together from agriculture, fishing, and forestry for a series of five sessions based in different regions of the state. “I feel so blessed to live in a state with such rich natural resources and I am eager to learn more about how we can best support these industries,” Stone said. The annual leadership program exposes this cross-section of professionals to the wide range of Oregon’s geography, economy, and culture through training in board governance, communication skills, conflict resolution, government interaction, public policy work, critical thinking, media relations, professional presentations, public speaking, relationship building, and other areas. “I am very excited to get this group together and watch them grow as leaders,” Greg Addington, REAL Oregon Executive Director, said. “This class will build on the solid foundation established by Class 1. We are beginning to fulfill the vision of building a solid network of agriculture and natural resource leaders who will benefit the state for many years to come.” Class 2 will start in November and end with a graduation ceremony in March 2019. Recruitment of Class 3 will begin shortly after that. For updates and additional information, visit www.realoregon.net and follow REAL Oregon on Facebook.
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A passion for sharing Oregon’s Agriculture story Whether it’s in making presentations in classrooms, shepherding field trips at her farm or hosting Oregon Women for Agriculture events, Helle Ruddenklau delights in talking about the work done by Oregon’s farmers and why agriculture is vital to the state’s economy. The president of Oregon Women for Agriculture, Helle is passionate about her mission to educate people about agriculture in Oregon. “I think it’s important to give people an awakening and awareness of where and how their food is grown,” Helle said. “Oregon has an amazing agriculture success story.” Since 1991, Bruce and Helle Ruddenklau have owned Ruddenklau Farms near Amity, where they grow grass seed, wheat, green beans and specialty seed crops, including meadowfoam. Finishing their 27th harvest this fall, Helle, 49, and Bruce, 50, are the parents of Lauren, 20; Jack, 16; and Grant, 11 along with Xena, a 5-year-old mutt. A second-generation farmer, Helle grew up in Denmark and moved to a Dayton farm in 1985 with her family. While studying crop science at Oregon State, she participated in the College of Agricultural Science exchange program with Lincoln University in New Zealand, where she met Bruce, a sixth-generation farmer. “Crop science appealed to me because of the humanitarian nature of it and my wanting to feed the world,” she said, adding her master’s degree is in plant breeding from Oregon State. With a keen interest in learning ways to continually improve their farming techniques, the Ruddenklaus are equally eager to share the bounty of their knowledge. They were one of four families in the U.S. to receive a National Outstanding Young Farmers award in 2009. Sponsored by John Deere, the honor is based on career progression, soil and water conservation practices and contributions to their community. Members of the Oregon Farm Bureau, Bruce and Helle have opened their farm for teachers to legislators to visit and learn about how they manage more than 1,000 acres. Explaining farmers make up a small percentage of the population, Helle said she wants people to see firsthand how farmers are good caretakers of the land. “This land is all we have to work with and for it to work for us, we have to properly take care of it,” she said. “Everything we do at our farm is about taking care of the soil. We want to be economically and environmentally sustainable.” One example of their farming practices is no-till planting, a method that prevents soil erosion and saves time on field preparation. Whether it’s attending a meeting with Yamhill County Women for Agriculture or Oregon Women for Agriculture, Helle shared she’s thankful for opportunities to learn more about the work of other farmers.
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Helle Ruddenklau is the president of Oregon Women for Agriculture. “As farmers, we try to educate people why we do what we do,” she said. “There is a reason for everything we do and nothing is just done on a whim.” As she glanced out her kitchen window, she spied a plume of white dust, one of the many causes of complaints by the general public about farmers. The white dust is lime being added to the fields, she said. “It’s basically ground-up Tums or calcium carbonate or grounded up limestone,” she said. “Soils in Western Oregon can tend to become acidic over time. To return the soil’s pH towards neutral, farmers use lime.” Bruce and Helle believe it’s imperative to educate the next generation of voters and consumers about agriculture so they have a better understanding of what they do and why they do it. “Our responsibility is to help protect and preserve Oregon’s farms,” Helle said. “Agriculture is not a short-term business. We have to think long term to keep farming.”
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Working with partners to address challenges By Commissioner Kevin Cameron As I look forward, I see more opportunity and success for the Mid-Willamette Valley and specifically for Marion County. We enjoy an incredible quality of life and it’s only getting better with new businesses offering a variety of products and services. It’s wonderful to see new local entertainment and food and beverage choices. Life is good, indeed. The economy is strong, unemployment is low, and jobs are plentiful. The challenges we will wrestle with in the near future are those associated with success. As the saying goes, those are good problems to have. Maybe so, but we still have to deal with them. It is important to me that Marion County be a strong partner with our regional neighbors. I also want the county to assume leadership roles whenever appropriate and necessary. We all got a wake-up call during the Salem water crisis this summer. The city seems to have long-term solutions well in hand, but it reminded us that we can no longer be complacent. Reliable clean and plentiful water for our families and businesses will be a major challenge in the years ahead. Marion County along with all of our partners will have to provide thoughtful, innovative leadership and investments to ensure that all residents and businesses have equitable access to water. This is especially true for agriculture and food processing – the fundamental roots of Marion County’s prosperity. The Mid-Willamette Valley has long been known for a reasonable cost of living and uncongested roads. With the new pressures in our market, local
housing and transportation will become more difficult for everyone. More than ever before, decisions made in the Portland region are having effects here. We will have to look for creative ways to address these issues. To deal with these new challenges and increased pressures, Marion County and all of our partners will have to innovate and re-invent our organizations. Continuing business-as-usual is just not going to be an available choice. To me, this is one of the reasons local government is where the action is, and why I appreciate the opportunity to serve as a county commissioner. It really is an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Marion County.
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Managing growth requires planning By Commissioner Craig Pope Completing my eighth year as a county commissioner, I am reflective on the terrific success Polk County government and its citizens have enjoyed during that period. A solid economy and sound local governance have made Polk County an attractive place to own a home, and a robust jobs market in the Mid-Willamette Valley has provided a stable income for residents. However, the attraction of a Polk County lifestyle and generally lower taxes come with some trade-offs for citizens, including the cost and availability of housing and the challenges of transportation to access local jobs. The incredible growth places serious pressure on local government for emergency services and school districts that are not able to grow at the pace with the community expansion. For communities like West Salem, approaching 30,000 residents, the crowding and local transportation challenges are starting to affect the area’s attractiveness. Communities like Dallas and Independence whose expansions are additionally seeing their burgeoning populations needing better transportation and access to area jobs by way of regional highways designed for a late 20th century and built in the mid-1970’s at best. Although housing is the popular topic in government and nonprofit circles, the results of poorly planned expansion are fraught with additional challenges that are seldom considered outside of local governments’ planning departments. We are looking for inexpensive land to build “affordable” homes without careful consideration of
the impacts to services that were paid for by the planned growth of the previous century. This creates stresses on neighborhoods that will become apparent to potential new buyers and is felt by those who are long-time residents. My biggest concern for the future of Polk County is a potential our state legislature does not give adequate consideration to the aforementioned realities as they weaken our land use laws to accommodate more opportunities for “affordable” housing and leave local governments with fewer options or tools to manage the growth. With a shortage of buildable land in communities comes a need to “stack” housing or allow “backyard cottages.” Though the stacking can be done in a thoughtful and measured way with permitting and regulation, the backyard process is harder to monitor or regulate and often results in conflict. As the 2019 Legislative session begins in January, I encourage people to stay tune and pay attention to issues of concern to them.
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Facing future challenges with thoughtful planning By Commissioner Stan Promozich There’s an ulterior motive for my work in continuing to make Yamhill County a place where there is a stable base for economic growth and a high level of livability.
Oregon and there are more than 500 wineries. An essential component of our agricultural base, the wineries have spun off an entirely new economic driver: agritourism. Yamhill County is also as one of the leading producers of grass seed and hazelnuts.
And I am certain it’s one that any parent could appreciate. Between my wife, Janice, and I, there are seven grown children, three goddaughters and 14 grandchildren. And to be honest, nothing would please Janice and I more than having all of them living and working in Yamhill County.
Many of our residents discovered Yamhill County’s cities by attending Chemeketa or Portland Community colleges, Linfield College or George Fox University. With an emphasis on education, the county works on programs to connect all of our education services to our high schools through CTE programs and Pathway Programs that will give out young people a head start toward a career.
Understanding I am not alone in wanting my family nearby is what motivates my work to make Yamhill County a place new businesses want to settle and existing businesses want to stay. Yamhill County works with our school districts to make certain we have a well-trained and highly qualified workforce, and we plan for the future of the county including investing in infrastructure. Like many of our neighboring counties, Yamhill County is facing the challenges of affordable housing, workforce, infrastructure, land use and the quality of life for all our citizens.
Two key pieces to the county’s economic development were the recent completion of the first phase of the Newberg/Dundee Bypass to our enhances our ability to more quickly and efficiently take products to market and people to their destinations and our partnership with
Even though we have those challenges, the future of Yamhill County is bright and exciting. Let’s start with the fact Yamhill County is well-known throughout the world for its award-winning wineries and vineyards. The 800 vineyards in Yamhill County grow 75 percent of all the wine grapes grown in
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CITY NEWS INDEPENDENCE The League of Oregon Cities has recognized the city of Independence for “revitalizing a rural community through attitude, engagement and alignment.” The League of Oregon Cities’ Award for Excellence is given to cities for their innovative approaches to city operations and provision of services to their citizens. “While the city of Independence has been the recipient of many awards over recent years for our creative works and development prowess, in truth to be recognized for excellence by your Oregon municipal peers is the most satisfying recognition of them all,” Independence Mayor John McArdle said.
any challenge that comes our way,” Clyne said. “It has been truly an honor to work for such a successful and caring community.”
MT. ANGEL The city of Mt. Angel received a $16,000 Marion County Community Project grant to be used for its continued work on the downtown’s beautification plan. With a stated goal to enhance the town’s Bavarian look, Mt. Angel City Manager Amber Mathiesen said the grant will be used for new street signs, benches and trash receptacles. “The work we are doing in the downtown is to continue to develop a look and feel that is uniquely Mt. Angel,” Mathiesen said. “The more attractive we make the downtown, the more of a travel destination it will be.”
Special consideration is given to programs that reduce the cost of government, improve the quality of life, and/or increase the quality of municipal services. Typically, one of these awards is given out each year. Independence suffered through the fall of the agriculture and timber industries in the 1980s and 1990s.
By capturing the downtown’s unique ambiance, it creates a welcoming atmosphere for community members, visitors and potential new businesses, Mathiesen said, adding new businesses have recently opened in Mt. Angel including the Benedictine Brewery, Hattie’s Sweet Shop, Mt. Angel Wein Werks and Mt. Angel Mercantile.
A downtown development plan was created in 1997 with significant public input and a 20-year effort got underway.
In addition to the $16,000 grant, Mathiesen said Mt. Angel received a total of $30,000 in grants including $15,000 from Marion County for
Over 20 years, Independence has rebuilt its downtown streetscape, constructed an amphitheater, built a new library, developed new soccer fields, constructed a fenced dog park and running trail, created numerous community events, and developed its neighborhood parks, among other projects. The Hotel at Independence is another legacy project for the city of Independence, and something city leaders have invested a great deal of time planning. The 11-acre riverfront redevelopment project includes a 75-unit boutique hotel to open in spring of 2019; 125 high-density residential units with a clubhouse and a 30,000 to 40,000 square foot mixed use commercial/residential building.
Continued on page 26 The new Bavarian theme street signs were paid with by a grant.
In each case, the city leveraged creative partnerships and put the public front and center – identifying projects, helping to raise money, advising on design choices, and celebrating the completion of each project. As this community has been restored, Independence’s local economy has boomed. Population growth was stagnant through the 1990s, but Independence grew at a rate of nearly 5 percent in the 2000s and was recently identified by OregonLive as the fourth fastest-growing city of its size in Oregon since 2010. Between 2010 and 2016, its population went from 8,000 to 10,000, Independence added 22 employers, almost 700 jobs, and more $27 million in payroll. Independence City Manager David Clyne said as he approaches his final days working for the city of Independence in December, he looks back on his 40-year career and can think of no other city that has been so rewarding to work for. “This is an amazing place that is always, always ready to lead through
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CITY NEWS its Mt. Angel Heritage Trail, which takes visitors on a trip through the town’s historic past. There are 18 stops on the 3.5-mile loop, each with markers and photographs. Both projects are geared toward making the town even more inviting to visitors while also attracting potential new businesses.
SALEM The city of Salem has received an Achievement in Community Engagement award for the public outreach process used to develop the NESCA-Lansing Neighborhood Plan. The plan was one of just two projects selected statewide for the award this year by the state’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC) on behalf of Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission. “What really stands out about Salem’s public involvement process are the thoughtful steps taken to identify and communicate with community leaders, and their ultimate success in engaging the Latino community in the NESCA and Lansing neighborhoods,” CIAC’s Chair Steve Faust said. “Despite limited staff resources, they achieved great things for the community through their innovative, people centered approach.”
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The city of Salem partnered with the North East Salem Community Association (NESCA) and Lansing Neighborhood Association from 2016 to 2017 to prepare the joint neighborhood plan. City planners led the public outreach efforts, which augmented traditional meetings and methods with more creative strategies designed to engage the neighborhoods’ diverse population. Public engagement methods included partnering with local organizations that assist Hispanic families and businesses, and attending events at neighborhood schools to engage families.
SILVERTON U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $1.15 million grant to the city of Silverton to make critical water infrastructure improvements needed to support the community’s expansion plans. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 150 jobs and spur $2 million in private investment. This investment supports the construction of a water line and pump station to provide service to Silverton’s industrial park. The improved water service will help attract new enterprises to the area while
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“These investments in infrastructure improvements are critical for communities like the city of Silverton,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. “This is another step to ensuring communities like Silverton continue to grow and expand family wage jobs.”
During the recent League of Oregon Cities annual conference, the city of Stayton received the Silver Safety Award. CIS presented the award in recognition of the Stayton’s good employee safety record during the 2017-18 year. The award showcases cities that foster employee safety, have a proven track record related to safely operating equipment and machinery, and where management has a clear commitment to a safe work environment. This year’s winning cities also have a strong focus on training.
Silverton City Manager Christy Wurster said receiving the grant is incredible news for the city of Silverton. “What this means is that ultimately we will have an energy efficient pump station that meets all current standards and a transmission pipe large enough to convey the water needed to be treated to meet the peak demands for water consumption to our industrial customers and community during critical summer months,” Wurster said. The improvements will allow the city to retain industry in Silverton and allow for their future expansion while also providing the availability of water to encourage new economic opportunities in the community.
“At CIS, we take the safety of our workers’ compensation program members seriously,” CIS’ Executive Director Lynn McNamara said. “The city of Stayton has adopted safe work practices — and makes sure those practices are followed, day in and day out. Their commitment and vigilance produces results: employees stay on the job, and costs stay down.”
“In addition, this grant will help mitigate some of the rate increases associated with these critical improvements encouraging the development of more businesses in our city,” Wurster said. “We are grateful to receive this investment in Silverton.”
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CITY NEWS WOODBURN Not one. Not two. But three. The city of Woodburn received three Excellence in Downtown Revitalization awards from Oregon Main Street. The awards recognize projects, people and activities representing the best in downtown improvements across Oregon. “We appreciate the recognition Oregon Main Street gave Woodburn and our community partners,” Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley said. “These were three different projects that, each in their own way, enhance Woodburn’s livability and economic vitality. They are evidence that we are a creative, forward-thinking city that is a great place to live, work and do business. The three awards Woodburn received were: • Best Image Activity: The Taste of Woodburn Branding and Imaging Campaign achieves two goals by recognizing the culturally diverse businesses, residents and visitors to Woodburn and brings an awareness of the wide array of restaurants, shops and businesses in downtown Woodburn. The Taste of Woodburn event was held in June.
• Best Building Renovation: Built in 1891, the Metropolis Building is a two-story, 10,000 square foot structure that served as Woodburn’s first office building. Damaged during the 1993 earthquake, the city acquired the building and restored the integrity of the structure. Novera LLC purchased the building from the city in 2016 and began its own restoration. The commitment and investment of the city and owners Robby Truong and Hythum
Mayor Kathy Figley and Metropolis co-owner Robbie Truong Ismail have restored life, vitality and purpose to one of the most historic and significant buildings in Woodburn. • Outstanding Partnership with Republic Services: The Woodburn Alleyway Beautification Project has been an undertaking to clean up downtown Woodburn’s alleys and create a safe, clean, walkable, pedestrian-friendly alleyway system. Elements of the project included installation of security lighting, enclosing trash receptacles, painting and graffiti removal, and providing a visually appealing pedestrian area. Republic Services was a key partner of this project without which it would not have been nearly as successful. Woodburn City Administrator Scott Derickson said the progress in downtown Woodburn is a reflection of the city council’s leadership and the forging of great private/public partnerships. “The Oregon Main Street Awards affirms Woodburn’s identity as a livable community, a place for families, a great place to do business and are just the beginning of great things to come for Woodburn,” Derickson added.
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The numbers alone are incredibly overwhelming. In Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, officials estimated in the next 10 years there will be: • 12,000 job openings in transportation, warehousing and distribution; • 32,000 job openings in manufacturing; and • 44,000 job openings in healthcare. Equaling a total of 88,000 jobs to fill. Fortunately, there is a contingency of organizations diligently working together to address the challenge to make sure there is a qualified workforce eager and prepared to fill those jobs in 10 years. Playing a key role in the region’s economic development, Willamette Workforce Partnership’s workforce development board leads local workforce development by identifying local labor market needs, trends and priorities. WWP works with communities to address these issues by developing policy and overseeing the workforce fund investments allocated to the four counties. WWP brings together employment, training, and educational services to comprehensively support the development of the area’s workforce. Understanding the health of businesses is the key to good jobs and a thriving community, WWP is focusing on supporting
three key industries: transportation, warehousing and distribution; manufacturing; and healthcare. Through its community, educational and governmental contacts, WWP serves as a neutral facilitator to assist the three industries in solving key workforce problems. By encouraging sector WWP Business Services Director partnerships, the underlying Dean Craig assumption is that they can improve both industry competitiveness and employment opportunities for job seekers. While private sector employment is diverse, WWP chose to focus on the three industries that show both growth potential and need to solve problems in order to expand and prosper. Transportation, Warehousing and Distribution The proximity to Interstate 5 creates a demand for warehouse workers, long and short-haul truck drivers, forklift operators, and other positions required to operate a warehouse. Manufacturing A diverse manufacturing industry is important to the region’s economy. With the exception of Yamhill County, manufacturing employment numbers haven’t recovered to the level before the Great Recession. Continued next page
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