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Port of Cascade Locks Ribbon Cutting
December 8, 2011

Thank you for inviting me here today to join the grand opening of this new Port facility at the Herman Creek Building.

One of my fondest sayings is that there is no survival value in pessimism.

This building is a statement of overwhelming optimism, the first industrial building constructed here in over 40 years.

Construction was made possible with assistance from the state’s economic development agency, Business Oregon. Business Oregon connects local businesses to myriad resources, including freeing up capital necessary to build capacity and create jobs.

I am happy to report that rather than succumbing to partisanship, Democrats and Republicans came together and focused on finding solutions to the tough issues facing Oregonians.

We passed important policies to help reinvigorate our manufacturing sector -- like SB 766 which speeds up permitting for industrial property to help ensure that this backbone of our economy will continue to thrive.

This bill sets the framework for identifying and fostering regionally-significant industrial areas that can become job engines for different regions.  These new tools are just about ready to go live, as a way of helping create badly-needed new jobs in communities across the state.

Recovery won’t be easy – but I am optimistic about the future of this community. With your help, we can weather this economic challenge, and we can do it without losing our sense of community, without losing our commitment to one another, and emerge stronger and more united that where we began.


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