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Community & Economic Development 

"Developing Our Economy, Improving Our Community"

 Who We Are


Sarah Means
Economic Development Manager

Kim Thompson
Economic Development


Kathy Dyer
Economic Development Specialist

What's New 

White House Economic Development Forum

Sarah Means, Economic Development Manager for Lane County, recently attended the White House Forum on Economic Development.  The forum was co-hosted by IEDC, SelectUSA, the National Economic Council and the White House Business Council.  Select attendees were invited from federal, state, private sector, economic development, infrastructure and economic opportunity entities. 

The forum is a mechanism to bring economic development practitioners from across the nation to gain a better understanding of how the policies being discussed and enacted in Washington translate in our local communities.  The President’s top advisors spoke on the Administration’s economic development accomplishments over the last eight years.  Also, part of the discussion included workforce development, foreign direct investment and infrastructure.  The Administration was also seeking input on priorities for the last days of President Obama’s term.  There was substantive dialogue and exchanges of ideas between attendees and the most senior decision makers involved in federal economic development programming and policies. 

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 

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 Means, 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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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 Means, 541.682.6503.



Wednesday, September 28th
40 local brands on sale at new Whole Foods


 Tuesday, September 27th
Whole Foods Market finds Eugene is draw for employees
Friday, September 23rd
Want to be a farmer?  Incubator program to accept new growers

Urban renewal and high-speed fiber downtown

Thursday, September 22nd
Fed again keeps key rate unchanged but hints at boost before year’s end

Wednesday, September 21st
Lane County job rate in August remains steady from a month earlier at 5.9 percent

Divided Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged but hints at coming hike

West appointed VP of Operations at Winnebago Industries

Oregon:  3rd fastest growing household income