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Governor Kitzhaber tours expanding Eugene business and learns about locally driven economic development and education initiatives

​(Eugene, OR) —  Governor Kitzhaber was in Eugene today, where he met with local leaders to discuss job creation and education initiatives, and ensure that economic recovery reaches every part of the state.
“Many business opportunities first present themselves at the city, county or regional level,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “That’s why here in Eugene, and across the state, we're investing heavily in regional infrastructure, and why we’ve created a network of Regional Solutions centers, breaking down bureaucratic barriers and accelerating promising community and economic development projects.”
The Governor’s visit included Ninkasi Brewing, which recently broke ground on a $16 million expansion and hopes to add more than 20 new employees next year. The Governor also toured WorkSource Lane, which is dedicated to improving the competitiveness of Lane County businesses by helping employers recruit and retain employees and developing job seekers’ skills.
In the afternoon, the Governor met with 40 local principals and 40 local teacher-leaders to discuss the Eugene School District’s efforts to devote considerable time to teacher and administrator training in 2013. The first of these trainings began today, and featured John Saphier, a nationally-recognized expert on teacher-leader professional development.
The Governor’s proposed balanced budget for 2013-15 focuses heavily on re-investing in education and includes professional development for Oregon’s teachers.

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