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Port Completes Phase I of the Tunnel Rehabilitation Project

October 21, 2019

Coos Bay, OR – In May 2018, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) started construction on a tunnel rehabilitation project. This tunnel rehabilitation project is a significant capital improvement project for the nine tunnels along the Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL). The project will extend the lifespan of the tunnels by 20 years which…

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Jordan Cove will provide economic benefits to Southern Oregon

August 2, 2019

by Todd Goergen Those who have lived in Southern Oregon for most of their lives know that $10 billion private investments don’t come along very often. Well, never, to be exact. Slightly less rare is a business investment that has the ability to provide economic benefits to so many Oregon communities for generations to come.…

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Port of Coos Bay Welcomes Jake Jacobs as Director of Infrastructure Support Services

July 10, 2019

Coos Bay, Ore. – The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is pleased to welcome Jake Jacobs to serve as the new Director of Infrastructure Support Services.   This position is new to the Port, and will entail oversight of procurement processes, contract management, grant management, and overseeing the Project Management Department.  Grants are a key…

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Smoke Season

Smoke Season

July 1, 2019

  For 6 weeks last year, smoke filled most of southern Oregon’s air and for many days we had the worst air quality in the nation. We were told to stay indoors and we downloaded AQI (Air Quality Index) apps that sent us daily alerts and we watched wind shifts on websites (check out windy.com for a…

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2019

July 1, 2019

NICK BELEICIKS Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state. Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in…

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Southwestern Oregon Economic Indicators

July 1, 2019

June 2019 (May 2019 Data) For data or publications on Southwestern Oregon, visit us at: QualityInfo.org Industry Gains and Losses (Over-the-year net change in employment) Source: Oregon Employment Department, CES Sarah Cunningham | Workforce Analyst | E-mail: Sarah.E.Cunningham@Oregon.gov | Phone: (541) 530-0605

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Leisure and Hospitality Hiring Boosts Payroll Job Count

July 1, 2019

GUY TAUER, REGIONAL ECONOMIST Coos County total payroll employment rose by 430 jobs over the month. Local government education saw the largest gain among published industries, up by 200 jobs. Two other industries saw typical seasonal increases in employment with leisure and hospitality adding 70 jobs and construction employment up by 40. Food manufacturing, retail…

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Retention and Engagement in the Modern Workplace: 4 Flexible Work Arrangements to Consider

July 1, 2019

In the age of rapidly advancing technology and constantly evolving work-life balance priorities, workers expect more flexibility than ever before. And, given the current talent crunch many businesses are facing, companies that do not embrace at least some flexibility may end up a casualty of the talent war. In a recent poll on RefreshLeadership.com, the…

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Data Beginning to Clear the Way for a Rate Cut

July 1, 2019

Central Takeaway If You Don’t Have Any Time This Morning: The Fed hastily delivered a soothing message last week by promising to act appropriately to maintain the expansion. It was hard not to read that as dovish. That combined with the employment data puts a rate cut in play this summer. Things That You Should…

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Support your county fair. It’s good business.

July 1, 2019

Be sure to visit county fairs this summer. Did you know that the county fair is a key economic driver is Oregon? Below is a list of all county fairs in Oregon from oregonfairs.org

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Energy Trust invites public input on draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan

July 1, 2019

SUZETTE RILEY C+C PORTLAND, Ore. — June 26, 2019 — Energy Trust of Oregon welcomes public comment to inform its draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan builds on the organization’s successful 17-year history serving Oregon residents and businesses with clean energy solutions. Once adopted, the strategic plan will help Energy Trust achieve its goals…

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How stories from Aviation can make us better Managers

July 1, 2019

THE LEARNING CURVE, GARY ANTHES In this, the fourth installment of our six part series, we look at the role of Delivery in business value creation and examine, through the lens of lessons learned, an example of delivery from the field of aviation. The picture of Boeing’s iconic 737 airliner represents a culmination of aviation…

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