Southern Oregon and Northern California collectively have been called the “Land of Jefferson” because we prize individual liberty and freedom. As a location with a strong tradition in resource-based economies, Douglas County remains supportive of those who take risks to build economic opportunities for themselves and others. The political culture reflects the areas history and is strongly pro-business.
Douglas County is home to many successful businesses. The County has tremendous opportunities, particularly for businesses that seek large, well-served industrial sites; a highly-motivated workforce; and a relatively rural location with an unusual combination of outstanding natural, social, and business infrastructure, all in a very cost-competitive location with good transportation options.
The County hosts many home-grown business that export their products and services throughout the nation and the world, and a number of businesses that have moved here, attracted by the tremendous combination of a supportive business environment and incredible natural amenities.
The County’s legacy as a center for wood product manufacturing has allowed the development of a culture that values hard work, including production occupations, and allowed for the development of environment that supports world-class manufacturing:
Roseburg Forest Products, head-quartered in Douglas County, employs nearly two thousand Douglas County residents in some of the most sophisticated engineered wood products-producing facilities in the world. Even as RFP expands with acquisitions in the southeast U.S., it continues to invest tens of millions in production facilities here in Douglas County.
Mercy Medical Center is consistently rated a top-50 hospital in the nation.
Umpqua Community College was recently ranked as a top 15 community college in the country (out of over 1,300).
The majority of County’s 108,000 residents lives within 5 miles of Interstate 5. Currently, our region has higher than the average statewide unemployment levels and has a highly-motivated workforce interested in securing family wage jobs. Residents who live here are committed to Douglas County and can form the back-bone of a very stable workforce.
Douglas County Economic Indicators (OLMIS – Labor/Workforce Data)
Oregon Community Profiles (Business – Business Establishments, Industry Information)
Douglas County Top Employers - List of the top 15 Employers in Douglas County
Listed below are the top 10 Employers of Douglas County
2. Mercy Healthcare, Inc. - Roseburg
6. First Call Resolution – Roseburg
7. Umpqua Bank - Roseburg
*Company employees vary during the year (seasonal trends).
Please Note: Additional employers were contacted in Douglas County, but due to corporate policies were unable to supply actual employee numbers or employment information. This information has been updated on January 15, 2013.