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Prineville – In the Center of It All

January 1, 2019

By Greg Henderson It might have been 45 million years ago that the Crooked River Caldera was under nature’s construction. The ground shook and mountains grew and exploded into molten lava and ash that made Mount Saint Helens a rather ho-hum spectacle. Today the 10,000 people living in Prineville, call the center of the caldera…

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CROOKED RIVER WETLANDS RECOGNIZED AMONG NATION’S TOP MUNICIPAL PROJECTS

January 1, 2019

Media Contact: ShanRae Hawkins, shanrae@hellostingray.com | 541-390-6411 (PRINEVILLE, Ore)—The City of Prineville is once again in the national spotlight. This time, for its environmental stewardship. Two national organizations have recognized Prineville’s recently completed Crooked River Wetlands project as an outstanding. In November, the project was one of only five nationwide to be named “Exceptional” by…

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Anderson Perry and City of Prineville Win Project of the Year

January 1, 2019

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon announced the winners of the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards, and for the first time since the program’s inception more than 50 years ago, an eastern Oregon firm’s project was selected for Project of the Year. In total, 31 projects were honored at the Awards Gala, which…

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Economic Outlook: On the QT … But QT may not be so quiet this time

January 1, 2019

Commentary by Robert Whelan, ECONorthwest DECEMBER 2018 “On the QT,” a quintessentially American phrase. It means to keep something confidential. Basically, QT is an abbreviation for “quiet.” But there is a new meaning and you will be hearing it more and more in the coming months. This time it will mean anything but quiet. The…

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Lane County Travel Spending Continues to Grow

December 1, 2018

by Brian Rooney Data from research firm Dean Runyan indicate that spending in the travel and tourism industry continued to grow in 2017 in Lane County after dropping off during the Great Recession. The graph shows that travel spending in Lane County grew throughout the 1990s and peaked in 2008 at $717.0 million. As the…

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SOREDI Hosts 2019 SOBC: Igniting Innovation: Building High Impact Communities

December 1, 2018

By: Codi Spodnik (541) 773-8946 Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) will host their 16th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference (SOBC) on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Registration begins at 12:30 pm. Held at Inn at the Commons in Medford, this conference seeks to unite municipal partners, educators and private…

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“Make Space for Justice”

December 1, 2018

Lane County Courthouse WORKING ON SOLUTIONS — The County is considering the challenges the current Courthouse building poses. Inspections and reviews of the current building have made one thing clear: the old building can’t responsibly be salvaged for this use – it would cost more to work with the existing building and there’s simply not…

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If You’re Going to Allow ADUs, Don’t Make It So Hard to Build One.

October 1, 2018

September 11, 2018 by Daniel Herriges Granny flats, garage apartments, mother-in-law suites: call them what you like. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are beloved in the planning profession and among affordable housing advocates, and for good reason. These modest homes, often the size of a studio apartment, can be found in the backyard of a larger house,…

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Central Oregon’s growth is centered in Bend

September 1, 2018

Oregon’s recovery from the Great Recession of 2008 – 2010 has been predictably uneven. Statewide population density variations with local business emphasis and economic diversity in industrial productivity shows in recovery contrasts in urban vs rural areas. Central Oregon, especially in Bend, seemed poised for growth as the recession hit. That appears to have been…

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Norway, Oregon’s Bottle Bill and Plastic Recycling

September 1, 2018

CFM State Affairs Team China’s refusal to keep buying US-sourced recyclable materials and the mounting threat of plastic pollution in the ocean have redirected attention to schemes such as beverage container redemption, in which Oregon has been a leader. The HuffPost headline was breathless: “Norway has radical approach to plastic pollution and it’s working.” The radical approach:…

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“I Don’t Give a (Bleep) About Akron!”

September 1, 2018

by Charles Marohn Last year I moderated a panel of suburban mall developers as part of an economic forum at New York University. It was a spirited conversation among some heavy hitters, including a few well-capitalized investors whose opinions directly shape communities around the country. Needless to say, this was a high-testosterone affair. A couple…

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Association of O&C Counties Express Support for Changes to Endangered Species Act

August 1, 2018

July 19, 2018 Press Release The Association of O&C Counties (AOCC) expressed support for several regulatory changes proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that would improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by those agencies.  The agencies released information about the proposed changes today in a press release as…

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