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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 

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.” 

Natural Products Expo West 2016

Lane County Economic Development's Manager, Sarah Means, recently attended the NPEW 2016 show in Anaheim, CA.  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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Monday, May 30th
Holiday - No news update
Friday, May 27th

Thursday market in the Whit

State Rep. Nancy Nathanson will lead Oregon legislature’s budget committee

Travel through Eugene Airport in April stays brisk, places facility on record-setting pace

Thursday, May 26th
Eugene City Council backs spending $18.7 million more in property tax money on downtown projects

GloryBee in Eugene buys large Weyerhaeuser warehouse for future production plant

Oregon’s proposed gross receipts tax:  key findings

Oregon should be first trauma-informed state

Tourism numbers surge in Central Oregon, rest of state

Wednesday, May 25th

Lane County’s jobless rate continued to fall in April

Tax on  corporate revenue could reshape Oregon business, politics

Op-Ed – Support Eugene by supporting urban renewal

On the trail of lost 1853 wagon train near Oakridge

Tuesday, May 24th

Proposed Oregon business tax would be borne by consumers, nonpartisan analysis finds

Pearl District’s 12-story timber tower moves forward, gets more ‘affordable’

Monday, May 23rd

Broadcom preparing to renovate Eugene computer chip plant

Disproving beliefs about the economy and aging

State business tax plan would raise billions, but could ‘dampen’ employment, growth

Oregon manufacturing company considers buying empty Cottage Grove factory

Oregon logging plan criticized by both business and green interests

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