The Partnership Newsletter – February 2014

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Local Events & Trainings  

Leave Laws for Small Businesses

Presented by: Jeff Burgess, BOLI

March 13, 2014, 8AM to Noon, UCC

For Credit Card Registration call Gail Trimble at 541-672-2648 x22

 

Cover Oregon Benefits for Small Businesses

Taylor Brady, OMEN

March 14, 1PM to 2:30PM, Umpqua Business Center

For additonal details: taylor@omennetwork.org.

 

LeanLink Luncheon

Taking the Initial Steps…then Watch Out and Get out of the Way!  Hear about early stages of an effort to apply lean tools in an office environment by Douglas County Health & Social Services.

March 18, Noon to 1:30 PM, Brix

Register

 

 

The 2014 Oregon Employer Council Annual State Conference for Business will take place at Seven Feathers May 5 to 6. Presentations over the conference focus primarily on human resource management issues, but cover a range of topics of interest to business. Details and agenda are available from the OEC.

 

News

Feds announce funding for additional dredging; dollars will flow to several of the smaller southwest Oregon ports, including the Umpqua.

 

Douglas County Partners for Student Success and Umpqua Community College were recently awarded a grant to establish a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) hub. The effort will focus on engaging youth in these fields outside of traditional classrooms. Employers who are interested in supporting the effort and others involved will be having an initial launch meeting in the evening of March 17. The website for the effort   is http://www.dcpss.org/. If you are interested in learning more about STEAM efforts, contact The Partnership.

 

Energy Efficiency Resources 

If you are a Pacific Power customer, and you are considering new investments in energy efficiency, Partnership member RHT has resources that can help you evaluate your options and make sure you are taking advantage of any public dollars that can assist you.

For instance, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) can help agricultural businesses finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Interested applicants should contact USDA Rural   Development now to determine the viability of completing an application by the 2014 deadline. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ORbcp_energy.html

 

Economic Development News

An interesting primer – filled with data – on trends in small business   financing: http://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2014_Finance_FAQ.pdf .

 

Douglas County Commissioner Susan Morgan and Partnership Executive Director, Alex Campbell, appeared on Inside Douglas County this week. They spoke about the importance of emphasizing efforts to support existing businesses.

 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released the “Planning Criteria” it intends to use developing new land management plans for Western Oregon’s O&C forests.  Barring a congressional solution for O&C timber lands, this process has a major impact on how these federal forests and its resources will be managed in the future. Healthy Forests Healthy Communities is encouraging individuals with an interest in seeing a greater focus on economic outcomes provide comments to the BLM.

http://www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/amscomments.php

 

Tourism Industry Resources

Travel Oregon Launches 7 Wonders of Oregon Marketing Campaign

The nearly $3 million program, which runs from March 2 through August 4, features seven iconic natural wonders of Oregon as the focus of destination travel: the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and Smith Rock. To support and take advantage of this program, consider:

 

Travel Oregon Opens 2014/2015 Matching Grants Program Application Process

This program makes awards to cities and non-profits for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of local   communities throughout the state in support of Travel Oregon’s mission of “a better life for Oregonians through strong, sustainable local economies.” The 2014/2015 cycle has $120,000 available for grant awards. The funds will be available in amounts not less than $2,500 or more than $20,000.

 

Visitor Information Training Conference (formerly called the Welcome & Visitor Center Training Conference)

Held each spring just prior to the summer visitor season, conference is a must for training front line visitor services staff whether you work at a visitor or welcome center, hotel front desk, concierge desk, bed and breakfast, state park, rest area or in any visitor information capacity.

May 18-20, 2014 at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay

 

Oregon Welcome Center Brochure Program 

Display your brochures or visitor guides at one or more of the nine Oregon Welcome Centers at high-traffic gateways to the state. In 2013, over 213,000 brochures were distributed through the PDX Welcome Center and over 112,000 visitors benefited from personalized travel planning assistance at the other eight Welcome Centers.

The 2014 program sales application process is open now and the last day to sign up to participate is April 30, 2014.

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