Watch Governor Kitzhaber announce the Medicaid agreement here. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has given preliminary approval of a five-year, $1.9 billion demonstration of a Federal-State partnership to transform the way that care is delivered in Oregon’s Medicaid program. The initial investment of $620 million in the second year of the…Details
The Portland Metro region has only one industrial site of 50 acres or larger that would be ready for development in 180 days and only five sites of 25 acres or larger that would be ready in 180 days, according to a new study conducted by the Portland Business Alliance, the Port of Portland, Business…Details
After meeting with stakeholders in Hermiston, Governor Kitzhaber launched an Oregon Solutions project with the goal of creating additional access to water for farmer’s in Eastern Oregon. Check out the story from OPB here.
A March 26, 2012 editorial in the Oregonian states that Oregon’s leadership needs to fulfill their promise to reform the current tax situation, especially with regard to the kicker. We couldn’t agree more.
The NW Education Cluster, formed in 2003, has grown to over 40 member companies representing 2,000 employees. The companies include e-learning businesses, content providers, testing and evaluation services, learning management system authors, and many others at various stages of business maturity. The cluster’s current focus is marketing education technology to school districts, particularly in Oregon.
A variety of factors give rise to industry cluster development. The Eugene area is showing that regional economic development supporters can play an active role to promote regional industry cluster growth where there’s local interest and a base of businesses in place. The region has set its sights on building out a food industry cluster.
Innovation has emerged as a top priority for Oregon’s food processing cluster. Through the active participation of its members and the support of Oregon InC grants, the Northwest Food Processors Association, the industry’s cluster leader, is mounting an aggressive, multifaceted innovation initiative. It features a combination of educational programs, executive forums, public seminars, and a…Details
The Obama Administration has announced a $15 million multi-agency Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator challenge to spur job creation and economic growth in distressed rural communities. This competition, is expected to give out approximately 20 awards, depending on the number of eligible applications.
In February legislators adopted HB 4040 providing what could be an important new financing tool to startups and emerging growth companies. The intent of the bill is to streamline access to capital in state economic development programs and to attract more private investment to Oregon companies. This will be accomplished through a new “Oregon Growth…Details
Today, Governor Kitzhaber signed HB 4164, authorizing the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange. The exchange is a marketplace where individual Oregonians and small businesses can shop for health insurance, comparing plans on cost and quality. The exchange will make it easier to purchase insurance and improve value for consumers. At today’s press conference, small business owner…Details