SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

February 10, 2003                                                                                                   Hearing Room C

8:00 AM                                                                                                                        Tapes 21, 22 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. David Nelson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Amy Joyce, Committee Administrator

Annastasia Suess, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  Informational Meeting

                                                     

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 21, A

002

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 8:03 a.m. and opens an informational hearing.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

010

Marty Brantley

Director, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD). Begins presentation of the overview of the department. Provides written material (EXHIBIT A).

050

Brantley

Continues discussion on the Overview of OECDD:

·         Breakdown of budget by program

·         Breakdown of budget by fund type

·         Budget, 1987 – 2003

·         Department functions

100

Brantley

Begins discussion on the economics of Oregon from 1975 to 2002:

·         Annual job growth of nonfarm employment

·         Annual job growth of manufacturing

·         Long term unemployment trends (1988-2002)

200

Brantley

Begins discussion of Oregon versus others:

·         Washington 2002 unemployment rate for selected areas

·         Oregon 2002 unemployment rate for selected areas

250

Brantley

Begins discussion on population growth:

·         Population growth of Oregon versus U.S. 1981 to 2009

·         Oregon estimated and projected population age group distribution, (1980 to 2040)

320

Brantley

Begins discussion on employment growth:

·         Average annual growth in employment by sector (1991 to 2002)

·         Average annual growth in employment in manufacturing

·         Oregon major sector industry mix (1974 to 2002)

·         Oregon manufacturing sectors

·         Oregon vs U.S. major manufacturing sector employment growth

TAPE 21, B (22 A repeat of 21 A)

025

Sen. Deckert

Asks about the numbers related to job growth.

035

Brantley

Answers.

055

Brantley

Begins discussion on the goals of OECDD:

·         Increase immediate job growth

·         Support of business location and expansion

·         Improve accountability to ensure appropriate return

·         Market Oregon to attract new business to Oregon

·         Encourage growth of traded sectors

220

Brantley

Begins discussion on Proposed legislation:

·         Funding for workforce training

·         Improve incentives

·         Lodging tax for tourism marketing

·         International trade

280

Chair Metsger

Comments on the need of implementing the goals presented.

300

Brantley

Responds and elaborates.

350

Chair Metsger

Asks if there is a time line set to develop the goals, and asks if it will be shared with the legislature.

370

Brantley

Answers.

390

Chair Metsger

Asks about the marketing of Oregon new business in relation to current negative criticism of Oregon.

400

Brantley

Responds.

TAPE 22, B

030

Sen. Deckert

Asks about how to grow the trade sector and what impact it will have on controversy.

040

Brantley

Responds.

075

Sen. Starr

Asks about bills targeted to specific industries in relation to the improving tools mentioned in the presentation.

090

Brantley

Answers.

120

Vice Chair B. Starr

Asks about a job position for tracking of foreign investment recruitment.

135

Brantley

Responds.

145

Sen. Nelson

Comments on the need to create the perception that rural areas of Oregon need fewer restrictions, citing the water restrictions placed in large cities that affect rural areas.

185

Brantley

Responds.

190

Sen. Nelson

Asks about health care and its relation to the infrastructure economy.

210

Brantley

Answers.

260

Chair Metsger

Asks for clarification on measuring anticipated transportation needs and linkages of infrastructures.

280

Brantley

Responds.

350

Vice Chair B. Starr

Comments on positive personal experience with OECDD staff.

390

Chair Metsger

Closes informational meeting and adjourns the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Economic Development, presentation materials, Marty Brantley, 37 pp