December Newsletter

Creative Business Deals Build Local Employment

As of November 1, Atrio's membership for their Medicare supplement insurance expanded from under 6,000 to 12,000 through an agreement with Willamette Valley Health Partners (Willamette Valley purchased a portion of Atrio, and Atrio has taken on the administration of their insurance functions). The new deal was closed by Atrio's new CEO Ruth Rogers Bauman and allowed Atrio to hire an additional 12 employees. Atrio is continuing to consider new markets for its insurance management services.

Linen Services, owned by Mike Fassler, has been expanding (now up to 12 full- and part-time employees). Much of that growth was driven by a successful bid to take on Mercy Medical Center's primary linen contract. Mercy agreed to pay a significant portion of the contract up front, financing new capacity for Linen Services, in return for a long-term discount. The net result was savings for Mercy and the addition of 10 jobs that were previously outside the County. Linen Services is at (541) 643-2200. 

Other Recent News

  • The proposed Jordan Cove LNG project received a preliminary export permit from FERC. That decision has been appealed, by the Oregon Attorney General. 
  • Umpqua Research has won a contract from NASA to develop a highly energy- and water-efficient laundry technology for use in space missions.


Oregon BEST has announced a new grant program to support the commercialization of new technologies in the “cleantech” sector (renewable energy, green building, etc.) through collaboration between Oregon research institutions and small businesses.

OMEP–the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership–has a new initiative to support Oregon manufacturers improve their position in regional and national supply chains through implementation of Lean and related management approaches.

Up-coming events:

The UCC Small Business Development Center will host a 6-part series “Profit Mastery”–an in-depth look at tools small and medium-sized businesses can use to generate powerful information to support business decisions from your financial data. More info.

Partnership News:

Kelly Morgan, CEO of Mercy, has agreed to serve as Chair of our Board of Directors beginning January 2012. Our thanks to Perry Murray who led The Partnership through several significant recent transitions with humor and grace.

The Partnership for Economic Development is a collaborative organization focused on retention, expansion and recruitment of primary industry or “traded sector” businesses that provide family-wage jobs. Our activities are supported by our members. Thank you! 
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