Area briefs: Week of Dec. 2

Statewide economic recovery plan effort

Business Oregon leaders will emphasize assisting those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as they start the effort to create a statewide economic recovery plan. The initiative will analyze the areas of Oregon’s economy that have been most negatively impacted by the pandemic, while taking into consideration region and industry. They need community perspectives and ideas about how the state would best mitigate the economic impacts and propose new programs to fill the gaps or better meet needs. 

Interested residents can attend a regional economic forum to discuss challenges in our local economy and ideas for addressing them. These sessions will consist of small groups of community members representing various stakeholders in the local economy. 

Forums will be virtual. Linn, Benton, and Lane will be participating with Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. The next forum is Thursday, Dec. 2, 1-1:45 p.m. 

Residents also are encouraged to complete the “Stakeholder Survey” – available now through Dec. 12. Economic development professionals, business leaders, and the organizations who support them are encouraged to participate in the forums and survey. 

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Information and input provided will be taken together with other stakeholder feedback to draft strategies and actions the state can take to facilitate economic recovery. A draft of the recovery plan should be available for review and comment by early January.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 503-983-8857.

NW Natural releases decarbonization report 

NW Natural released Vision 2050: Destination Zero, an in-depth scenario analysis illustrating options to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 for the energy services it provides to its customers.  

“This is one of the first comprehensive assessments of its kind by a gas utility that demonstrates multiple pathways to achieving carbon neutrality,” said David H. Anderson, NW Natural president and CEO. “The renewable supply exists, the technology exists, and our modern storage and energy delivery network is ready.” 

Drawing on proven approaches, the new report analyzes different scenarios and views of the future, using both supply and demand-side levers by which NW Natural can feasibly achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 serving existing and new customers. All scenarios incorporate varying applications of enhanced building energy efficiency measures, technologies, declining amounts of verified offsets and lower-carbon fuels such as renewable natural gas, clean hydrogen, and carbon capture. 



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