Any economic development organization is going to say their region has pro-development environment. Douglas County puts it on the line:
- Land for Jobs: The Douglas County Industrial Development Board took the unusual step of buying several hundred acres of industrial land in the early 1970s. Today, many of those sites remain available for development, with a purchase price credit of $5,000 per permanent job created.
- No SDCs: The County does not assess any transportation, parks or other “System Development Charge” or “Impact Fee.
- Enterprise Zones: The County and many cities have joined forces to provide for property tax abatements on new industrial development.
When challenging times appear, the reaction of local officials says a lot about their commitment.
When the Murphy mill in Sutherlin burnt, the County, The Partnership, and the State of Oregon all worked with the Murphy Company to put together a very agressive package of financing and incentives to insure that the mill could be re-built, better than before.
When Central Oregon Pacific Railroad (CORP) announced that it could no longer provide freight rail service to the Reedsport and several other coastal communities, the Port of Coos Bay, the State, and the local federal delegation took the steps necessary to purchase the line and re-open service.