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|Tuesday, February 25, 2014|
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BY SOPHIA BENNETT
The coastal town of Coos Bay appears poised to land every economic development director’s dream: a single employer that will bring hundreds of family-wage jobs and millions in tax revenue.
The Jordan Cove Energy Project, a joint effort between Canadian energy group Veresen and Oklahoma-based infrastructure company Williams, is considering building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on the north spit of Coos Bay. The facility would accept natural gas from a new pipeline originating in Klamath County, liquefy it and ship it to markets in Asia.
Michael Hinrichs, director of public affairs for the project, says the effort represents a $7.7 billion investment, which would make it the largest single private investment in the state’s history. “That’s even more significant when you consider it’s in southern Oregon, an area that really needs development.”
Building the LNG facility and accompanying power plant will bring 2,100 construction jobs to the region, Hinrichs reports. Pipeline construction will bring an additional 1,400. Once the plants are up and running, they’re expected to employ up to 200 people and create 700 indirect jobs.
How many of those workers will be locals is still a matter of debate. Jordan Cove aims to hire construction workers from Southern Oregon, Hinrichs says. However, many of the positions at the LNG plant and the pipeline are highly specialized and require skills residents are unlikely to possess.
Rodger Craddock, Coos Bay’s city manager, still considers the glass half full. “We’re looking at all the spin-off businesses that will develop to service those new workers,” he says. He points to a new hardware store, an auto-parts store and a microbrewery that recently opened in the area. Properties that have been off the market for a long time are coming back because people realize changes may be coming.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Why has six years become an acceptable investment in public undergraduate education that over-promises and underperforms?
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Kim Ierian, President of Concorde Career Colleges, and Deborah Edward, Executive Director of Business for Culture & the Arts, share their recent reads.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD
Janice Levenhagen-Seeley reprograms tech.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
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