Lane County Economic Development Manager Sarah Means receives 20 Under 40 Award

Lane County Economic Development Manager Sarah Means receives 20 Under 40 Award
Posted on 12/05/2017

Sarah Means, Lane County’s Community & Economic Development manager, was selected as a 2017 20 Under 40 Award recipient. Each year, the 20 Under 40 Awards recognize “20 emerging business leaders who are making a difference in the community.”


“This is an honor and I am thrilled to be recognized alongside other leaders in our community,” said Means. “As someone with generational  roots in the area, it is a privilege to advocate for investment and job opportunities in our community.”


Locally, Means is responsible for identifying and targeting key industries for introduction or expansion in Lane County. She conducts research to identify emerging needs, trends, and services related to economic development.  She assists local businesses with retaining existing jobs or expanding operations and actively recruits businesses to relocate or expand operations in Lane County. She initiated the Regional Food Consortium in 2012, which focused on branding the Lane County food industry.


“We are so proud of Sarah – for both the award and the work she does each day,” said her supervisor, Lane County Operations Director Greg Rikhoff. “Sarah is exceptionally skilled at balancing multiple high-level initiatives and working with new and local businesses interested in investing in Lane County and its workforce.”


In 2016, Means was one of 30 economic development leaders from across the nation invited to participate in the White House Forum on Economic Development where she played a role in promoting the region while also shaping the federal economic development landscape. Means is also a volunteer with United Way’s Emerging Leaders and the Technology Association of Oregon.


Means received her Bachelor of Science in planning, public policy and management and her master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. She has been awarded the 2011 American Institute of Certified Planners Student Project Award for her applied graduate research in regard to a Lane County local food market analysis. Means is also president-elect of the Oregon Economic Development Association board and is a member of the International Economic Development Council’s Public Policy Advisory Committee, Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership, Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) and MURA Florence, among others.


About 20 Under 40:

According “The 20 under 40 Awards recognize 20 emerging business leaders who are making a difference in the community. The awards acknowledge each winner’s commitment to career excellence and making the Eugene-Springfield area a better place to live for all of us. They are nominated by members of the public, with the final winners chosen by a panel of judges.”