HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

January 22, 2003   Hearing Room D

1:00 PM Tape 1 - 2

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Patti Smith, Chair

Rep. Vicki Berger, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mary Gallegos, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mark Hass

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Steve March

Rep. Dennis Richardson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Kimberly A.  Medford, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUES HEARD:                     Introductions

                                                Organizational Meeting

                                                   Adoption of Committee Rules

                                                Informational Meeting

                                                  Speaker of the House Karen Minnis

                                                  Representative Greg Smith, House District 57       

  Marty Brantley, Oregon Economic and Community Dev. Dept.

                                                  Bill Fashing, Hood River County Economic Director

                                                  Henry Liaw, Trade Representative – Fujian Province

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 1,  A

004

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m. States the objectives of this committee:

  • Create family wage jobs
  • Stimulate the economy
  • Attract and promote tourism
  • Provide economic recovery for Oregon businesses
  • Streamline regulatory processes
  • Assist the natural resource based economy
  • Attract and keep new businesses

Invites the committee members to introduce themselves.

INTRODUCTIONS

034

Rep. Richardson

House District 4. Describes the district’s geographic boundary. Desires to see Oregon products and Oregon’s reputation of being environmentally knowledgeable promoted on an international basis.

053

Rep. March

House District 46. Describes the district’s geographic boundary. Explains that Oregon’s number one status in unemployment, housing un-affordability, and hunger is not desirable. Supports sustainable development opportunities for urban and rural economies.

077

Rep. Berger

Vice Chair. House District 20. Describes the district’s boundary. States that economic development is critical to Oregon.

092

Rep. Gallegos

Vice Chair. House District 29. Describes the district’s boundary. Comments on being able to observe the growth and changes in Washington County.

107

Rep. Hass

House District 27. States that this district has a lot of technology companies and has three large timber plants.

118

Rep. Hunt

House District 40. States that Clackamas County needs a balance between jobs and where people live. Comments on the opportunities available to Oregon.

160

Chair Smith

Opens the organizational meeting for the purpose of adopting the committee rules.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

161

Rep. March

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules, (EXHIBIT A).

062

 

VOTE:  7-0

 

Chair Smith

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

167

Chair Smith

Closes the organizational meeting and opens the informational meeting for the purpose of providing overview information on issues related to trade and the economy.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

170

Karen Minnis

House District 49. Speaker of the House. States that economic development is understood by the members of this committee. States this committee will be looked to develop ideas on:

  • Identifying incentives for businesses to locate in Oregon.
  • Look at the alternatives statewide, nationwide and worldwide.

232

Rep. Greg Smith

House District 57. Describes the district’s boundary. Former chair of the Interim House Special Task Force on Jobs and the Economy, names the other members of the Task Force.

266

Rep. G. Smith

States that it became apparent to the Task Force that Oregon needs to;

  • Be open to new and innovative ideas.
  • Economic development needs to maintain a balance for all Oregonian’s.
  • Business and labor, rural and urban, natural resources and environmental must work to together.

295

Rep. G. Smith

Provides an overview on HB 2022, HB 2100, HB 2295, HB 2296,    HB 2297, and HB 2298. States that during the special sessions the bonding authority was increased and certain regulations were streamlined.

362

Rep. Richardson

Asks if the Task Force coordinated with Senators Wyden and Smith.

363

Rep. G. Smith

Responds, regretfully no.

378

Jim Stembridge

Administrator. Provides more information on HB 2100 and HB 2298. Notes two other bills that were not available for pre-session filing.

430

Rep. March

Asks if the Task Force found tools that were suited toward urban or rural areas.

438

Rep. G. Smith

Responds that the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department is a resource for some tools. Comments that capacity needs to be developed so programs don’t change as personnel changes.

TAPE 2, A

025

Stembridge

Reiterates that the key is identifying and building on the resources available locally.

041

Chair Smith

Introduces staff.

045

Marty Brantley

Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, Director. Notes that he is new to the job. Provides a background on his career. 

086

Brantley

Notes that the problems the state faces are well identified. Offers that one solution is to create a friendly business climate.

121

Brantley

Discusses ‘shovel ready sites’, marketing ‘Oregon Made’ products and promoting tourism and global opportunities.

153

Brantley

Comments on the department’s accountability of allocated funds.

175

Rep. March

States that he would like to see performance measures.

206

Chair Smith

Refers to news article (EXHIBIT B) From Pink Slip to Pear Bars.

218

Bill Fashing

Hood River County Economic Director. Notes that he is new to the job. Provides an overview of the unemployment situation in Hood River.

250

Fashing

Discusses the challenge of building industrial sites. Explains that three mill sites available but are not easily convertible due to land use laws. Explains that value-added agricultural lands are also limited by land use laws.

336

Chair Smith

Inquires if the National Scenic Area Act has an impact on these goals.

337

Fashing

Responds that in the Columbia River Gorge it is another layer of approval and process.

361

Rep. Richardson

Introduces Henry Liaw and provides a background on their relationship.

388

Henry Liaw

Trade Representative from Fujian Province, Peoples Republic of China. States there are tremendous trade opportunities with China. Notes that Beijing will be the host for the 2008 Olympics and Shanghai will be the host for the World Expo in 2010. China is now a member of the WTO.

480

Liaw

Discusses that the Central Committee will allow foreign infrastructures for telecommunications, banking, financial and insurance companies.

TAPE 1, B

065

Liaw

States that the Beijing municipal government will spend $5.6 billion on environmental protection projects in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games. Details what the projects are, (EXHIBIT C).

183

Liaw

Discusses opening the door for investors to obtain residence in the USA by investment. Notes that there are many students who want to come to Oregon for their education.

219

Chair Smith

Closes the informational meeting.

222

Rep. Richardson

Comments that in regard to Mr. Liaw’s testimony on students, there are a number of families that would like the students to study in America. Comments on residency based on the federal investment program.

255

Rep. Richardson

Notes that there has not been a follow-up on the Oregon/Fujian Sister State relationship that began four years ago.

29

Chair Smith

States that the next meeting will be Monday. Adjourns the meeting at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Committee Rules, staff, 2 pp.

B – News article, Rep. Patti Smith, 2 pp.

C – News articles, Henry Liaw, 6 pp.