The Partnership – May 2014 Newsletter


O&C Legislation Faces Critical Juncture

Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities (HFHC) is urging voters to contact Sen. Ron Wyden and ask that he do all that he can to increase timber harvests. The month of May is incredibly important as critical discussions take place in DC.  Sen. Wyden’s office can be reached at (202) 224-5244 or (503) 326-7525. HFHC is focused on a couple key messages:

  • Support creating jobs in the O&C forests through increased timber harvests.
  • Support putting an end to the lawsuits and obstruction that has harmed so many of our communities.
  • Senator Wyden ought to compromise with Oregon’s U.S. House members on a plan that effectively provides timber for jobs and protection against these excessive lawsuits.

Connecting & Supporting Local Students

Fremont Middle School is hosting a career day on May 30 and are still seeking companies interested in speaking to middle school students. Contact Judy Wilton.

The Douglas County Partners for Student Success in cooperation with UCC recently received a major grant to support STEM education in Douglas County. Engaging students directly with employers that need science, technology, engineering and math skills will be a key focus of the effort. Contact Gwen Soderberg-Chase.

Local Business News

Roseburg Forest products is moving rapidly to salvage in areas burned in 2013.

Umpqua Dairy wins overall excellence award from Quality Chekd for the fifth time in the past sixteen years.

Freed Estate Winery in Winston held the grand opening of their new tasting room over the weekend … according to one industry observer there are a dozen wineries that are either opening in 2014 or under development in the Umpqua region.

General Cable has determined it will sell the former Alcan cable manufacturing plant. Dedicated equipment is being removed in preparation of listing the 180,000 square foot building.

National Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week is May 3-11. Travel Oregon urges related businesses to consider taking the following actions:


Travel Oregon recently also announced that: Oregon Wines Fly Free Again on Alaska Airlines in 2014!


Local & Regional Events/Training

Current Topics in Southern Oregon Wine Making Technical Symposium: 

“Secure & Amplify Fruit Aromatics in Wine”

Southern Oregon Wine Institute
May 20, 2014 / 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
UCC Lang Center

Visitor Information Training Conference (formerly called the Welcome & Visitor Center Training Conference) will be May 18-20, 2014 at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park in Coos Bay.

“Conflict: Turning Challenges into Opportunities”

Oregon Employer Council Douglas County Seminar

May 20, 2014

This seminar offers skills you want for conflict to be a catalyst for growth, (or at least a chance to preserve, rather than destroy, relationships). Learn how to speak in a way that will minimize the listener’s defensiveness. Explore the role of empathy and how it can be employed to turn challenges into opportunities. Communication skills like perception management, listening, paraphrasing, and asking open-ended questions will also be applied. Gail at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce (541-672-2648, ext. 22) handles all registrations for the Oregon Employer Council Douglas County.

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair

Roseburg National Guard Armory

June 4, 2014

A job fair for veterans, active duty military, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. Free to employers and job seekers. If you have any questions, please contact Chad Alcock, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) with the WorkSource Douglas Employment Department at 541-464-2357.

Statewide Events

OEN’s Entrepreneurial Summit 2014: The School of Hard Knocks

June 6, 2014

Kennedy School, Portland

Come get schooled at The Kennedy School, where 15 successful Oregon entrepreneurs will share their stories. OEN’s Entrepreneurial Summit: The School of Hard Knocks is your chance to learn the lessons that they learned the hard way. OEN will host an “Entrepreneurs Journey” tradeshow, which includes the local organizations, accelerators, universities and government resources that provide support, mentorship and potential funding for entrepreneurs.

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