Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber spent Tuesday in Eugene meeting with business, employment and education leaders to discuss efforts to create and retain jobs.
The governor toured Worksource Lane, where he was impressed with the way people’s skills are matched with potential employers. Kitzhaber says there are openings, but workers need education and training to qualify.
Start-up companies and expansions are helping to grow the economy and he expects to see more of that.
“The Invest Oregon Act that we passed last session, in which I’ve got $5 million in seed money, should begin to provide more access to capital to some of these companies," Kitzhaber says. "So, again, a skilled workforce, which we’re working on right here in this very location, access to capital, and we’ve got a great natural advantage, people like to live in Oregon. And a winning football team doesn’t hurt.”
Kitzhaber says his top priorities for the upcoming legislative session include supporting children, families and education; investing in jobs and innovation; and reducing the cost of government.
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