2015 Legislative Session Testimony

Letter to the 2015 Oregon Legislature

OEDA opposes HB 2099 due to the fact that the bill “could brand Oregon as [an] undesirable location for foreign direct investment” and “unfairly target[s] legitimate business activities unrelated to Oregon”.

5.15.15 Letter to the Legislature

SEDCOR President Chad Freeman submitted testimony in support of HB 5030 on behalf of OEDA . Freeman gives several examples as to why passage of this bill would provide some of Oregon’s “most economically depressed areas” financial capacity with which to contribute to the growth of Oregon’s economy.

Improving Gain Share and the Strategic Investment Program, Oregon's Biggest Economic Development Tool (Memo)

OEDA supports SB 129A due to its concordance with Strategic Investment Program/Gain Share (SIP/GS) and due to the tens of millions of dollars this legislation would provide technical education and service programs across Oregon. Click here for a list of SB 129A proponents, including the Oregon Economic Development Association. Click here, as well, for a visual comparison of gain share distribution between SB 129A and HB 2070.

Brownfields: Remediation Spurs Economic Growth (Brochure)

Business Oregon has assessed the impact of Oregon brownfield remediation on residents (“through job creation and associated earnings”), local governments (“through property taxes and redevelopment”) and on the state general fund (“through income tax revenues”). 

Industrial Site Readiness: Jobs, Public Services, and Prosperity for Oregonians (Memo)

OEDA cites 23 specific industrial sites (read more about them here) that could “benefit from [the] state site preparation financing” allocated by SB 253 in order to bolster job creation, state and local revenues, and general economic success for Oregon.

4.20.14 Letter to the Oregon State Legislature

In an effort to preserve the existing career technical education (CTE) structure, minimize workforce development project costs to the state and preserve incentives to develop in Oregon, OEDA opposes -1 Amendment to HB 2616.

3.19.15 Letter to the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development

OEDA along with other members of the Industrial Land Coalition urge the 2015 Legislature to allocate funds for the sustainment of two new programs approved by the 2013 Legislature: due diligence grants (per SB 253) and direct site preparation assistance (per SB 246).

3.3.15 Letter to the House Committee on Revenue

OEDA cites existing recruitment, retention and investment capabilities as three key reasons as to why Oregon’s Strategic Investment Program (SIP) should not be weakened by the passage of House Bills 2672, 2084, and 2098.

2.19.15 Letter to the House Committee on Business & Labor

The City of Redmond urges a “no” vote on HB 2540, a bill that undermines Enterprise Zone (E-Zone) investment incentive.

Letter to the 2015 Oregon Legislature

Citing factors such as economic risk and compliance challenges, OEDA and other supporters of Oregon’s Enterprise Zones also encourage a “no” vote on HB 2540.

2.18.15 Letter to the House Committee on Business & Labor

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) seeks a “no” vote on development disincentive through red tape and prevailing wage costs that HB 2540 would inexorably burden investors with.

2.18.15 Letter to the House Committee on Business & Labor

Redmond Economic Development Inc. (REDI) unanimously opposes the passage of HB 2540 due to the inevitable crowding out of tax saving benefits by prevailing wages.

Letter to the 2015 Oregon Legislature

OEDA along with other members of the Oregon Brownfields Coalition urge the 2015 Legislature to pass the following proposed legislation in order to transform brownfield liabilities in to community assets:

  • HB 2734 (“Land Banks”)

  • HB 2734 (“Brownfield Tax Abatements”)

  • HB 2289 (“Brownfield Tax Credit”)

2.6.15 Letter to the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue

OEDA encourages the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue to support new data centers within Oregon E-Zones by passing SB 571.

Letter to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means (Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development)

OEDA asks the Committee for its support in passing Oregon’s 2015-2017 budget request.