Media Room

REMARKS AS PREPARED

OSU Round-Up Dinner
September 14, 2017


Wildfire season

I want to start by thanking the firefighters, police officers, first responders, and the Oregon National Guard for their heroic efforts during a historically severe wildfire season.

Just drove through the Gorge…

My heart is with those who were affected by damage, evacuation and or smoke related health issues.

OSU and OSU Cascades

OSU veterinary program story…

I appreciate President Ray’s leadership. Particularly, his focus on first-generation students and keeping tuition rates accessible which will make a huge difference for the future of our state.

I was, as I’m sure you all were, disappointed that we could not get what we needed for the OSU Cascades expansion this recent session. I am committed to working with you toward an OSU Cascades future that will serve the needs of a growing Central Oregon in 2018 and beyond.

Economic development

Oregon has the fastest growing economy in the country. But I know that not all Oregonians are experiencing the benefits of a thriving economy.

We are making strategic investments in rural Oregon that target workforce development, industry development, and job creation.

Two years ago, we invested in the UAS industry and this June, the UAS range in Pendleton opened, putting Oregon on the cutting edge of this new technology.

I was also proud to sign into law an allocation of $170 million toward CTE.

Transportation package: Pendleton received $390K, and Umatilla County received $2.1M. This means jobs, students and workers getting to school and work efficiently, and keeping our economy moving.