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Community & Economic Development 

"Developing Our Economy, Improving Our Community"

 Who We Are


Sarah Means
Economic Development Manager

Kathy Dyer
Economic Development Specialist

What's New 

Coquille Tribal Partnership Loan Fund

Community LendingWorks has partnered with the Coquille Indian Tribe to create the Coquille Tribal Partnership Loan Fund! This fund is to support creation and expansion of tribal businessess.  After months of planning, the contracts were signed this week!  Contact Community LendingWorks for more information.  541-345-0446 or

Sarah Means Graduates from Economic Development Institute

Sarah Means has graduated from Oklahoma University's Economic Development Institute. The OU EDI is the premier economic development program in the nation, with more than 50 years of experience providing professional economic developers with up-to-date knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in today’s constantly changing economic development marketplace.  Congratulations Sarah!

Lane County's new Economic Development leader to steer regional partnerships

Sarah Means has been chosen as Lane County’s new Community and Economic Development manager after a competitive hiring process that included eight qualified applicants.

“We are thrilled to have Sarah taking on this critical role,” said Operations Director Greg Rikhoff. “Her work in this area has been exemplary and she will continue to work with our partners to expand support of local businesses while working to attract new businesses and industries to our communities.” 


Cereal for Youth Program

In 2005, three local businesses discovered children in Lane County were going to school without breakfast. They happen to be in the business of food, cereal and honey and thought they could work together and do something about the problem....and they did.
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The Boze Noze Radio Broadcast

Listen as Lane County Economic Development Officer, Sarah Case, speaks with Lane County Commissioner, Jay Bozievich, about recent efforts to recruit, retain, and grow economic opportunities for Lane County. They also discuss recent news such as Avago's purchase of the Hynix site and future jobs at the Winnebago plant in Junction City.

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TRT Special Projects

The application process for TRT Special Projects closed on November 3, 2015.  Please check back regularly to learn when the opportunity will be available again.

Winnebago Opening Plant in Lane County

Winnebago Industries has announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Lane County.  The Iowa-based RV maker will move into the former Country Coach plant in Junction City.  

The plant plans to hire 200 employees initially and likely expand. Winnebago estimates wages would range from $45,000 to $125,000, good money in a county where the average annual wage is $38,000. 

AVAGO Technologies has purchased the former Hynix Chip Plant

The global semiconductor supplier will use the facility to make components used in mobile phones.  Company officials say the jobs at the Eugene plant will be comparable to those at the plant when it was owned by Hynix.  Some will only require a high school degree, others will require associate degrees, engineering degrees and other degrees.  More information in link below.  

Eugene leaders pleased with Avago Technologies Announcement

The Pacific Northwest carves out a food and beverage niche

Regional Innovation Training Program    

Lane County Community & Economic Development Division presented $75,000 to Lane Workforce Partnership.  With the Board of Commissioners' unanimous vote, CED and LWP have, for the second year, matched dollar for dollar, for a total of $150,000 to co-sponsor a Regional Innovation Training Program.  Lane County’s contribution comes from video lottery allocations earmarked for economic development.

For more information, contact Sarah Case, 541.682.6503.
2014 - 2017 Community & Economic Development Work Plan Overview

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Wednesday, June 22nd
Lane County in May posts slight increase in jobless rate

Lane County board unanimously endorses idea of 3 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales

Springfield-based Yogi Tea ready to start building major new factory in west Eugene expansion

Tuesday, June 21st

Survey highlights economic anxiety

Janet Yellen hints that Fed may hold back on raising interest rates

Weekend events in Lane County, beyond for June 25-26


Monday, June 20th
Millions of Americans stuck on brutal path back to work

Newest class of nine start-ups begins intensive program in RAIN business accelerator in downtown Eugene

Will skyscrapers of the future be built from wood?

Couple reinvents Coburg Inn Restaurant in historic home


Friday, June 17th
Coburg couple plans to build boutique $2.5 million hotel in downtown

Diversity helps protect Western farmers

Oregon says the state’s minimum wage rise will cost 40,000 jobs

Reversing ‘trailer trash’ image

Singular sodas, sweet memories bubble up in Cottage Grove



Thursday, June 16th
Lane County homes selling quickly as inventory continues to drop

Fed leaves rate unchanged, gives no hint on timing of next increase

Oregon’s labor department steers employers toward new minimum wage rules

Labor commissioner completes new minimum wage rules

May’s jobs numbers shrink, as unemployment rate stays at 4.5 percent

What do outsiders think of Oregon?

EDCO, others oppose corporate tax hike measure

All About Food


 Lane County Food Market Analysis