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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 

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.” 

Natural Products Expo West 2016





Lane County Economic Development's Manager, Sarah Case, recently attended the NPEW 2016 show in Anaheim, CA.  Sarah is pictured here with TEAM Oregon members at
their booth and reception. The Expo is an opportunity to showcase Oregon's products and companies as well as recruiting businesses to locate to Oregon.

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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Friday, April 29th

Oregon to begin surprise air quality tests at 100 businesses

Brown appoints state education innovation officer

The state of small business:  Oregon

OLCC keeps its monopoly

Thursday, April 28th

Federal Reserve keeping key interest rate unchanged

Oregon tech jobs are surging, but Intel cuts are ‘setback’

Green Building Council gives LEED credentials to contentious wood certification

The state of small business:  Oregon

Wednesday, April 27th

Intel will lay off 784 in Oregon this week

How Intel layoffs compare to other recent Oregon job cuts

An easier EmX extension

While advocates have worked hard to move the minimum wage toward $15 an hour from Seattle to from New York, experts say there may be a more daunting challenge ahead:  getting businesses to obey those new laws.

Tuesday, April 26th

Florence bank ready to loan $1 million for buildings spruce up

First U.S. hotel to use cross laminated timber now completed

Governor Brown makes business-focused visit to Eugene

Gov. Brown urges new transportation package for 2017

Monday, April 25th

Engineered timber could be a boon to the Oregon wood products industry

CLT needs change in codes, increased demand to become ‘game changer’

Mid-Valley InBusiness:  Travel, tourism drive economic growth

All About Food