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Albany is at the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley along the banks of the Willamette River.
The State capital of Salem is 30 minutes away. Portland, the Cascade mountains, and the Pacific Ocean are all within a 90-minute drive.
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Economic Development Manager
Seth will serve as your ombudsman to help your project smoothly flow through all phases of the process in Albany.
Other key members of your project team:
- Peter Troedsson, City Manager
- Melissa Murphy, Business Oregon
- John Pascone, Director, Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corporation
A Strategic Plan
The City of Albany Strategic Plan outlines four major themes. The theme Healthy Economy guides the effort for support the existing businesses, recruit new businesses and development to ensure Albany remains an attractive place for businesses.
Enhance the value and diversity of Albany’s economy by attracting, retaining, diversifying, and expanding local businesses.
Strengthen the area’s role as a leading regional economic center through local and regional coordination and collaboration on economic development planning and projects.
Maintain and grow the income levels with a focus on living-wage jobs, training, and education opportunities of Albany residents consistent with Oregon and national trends. Work to increase the community’s assessed value while working to achieve a healthy balance of housing and jobs.
Create a readily identifiable downtown core that is unique and vibrant with a mixture of entertainment, housing, specialty shops, offices, and other commercial uses.
Collaborative Tourism Promotion Funding Requests
This fund is managed by the City’s TLT Advisory Committee. Approved funding comes from Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) revenues as authorized under Finance Policy #F-12-11-002, Transient Lodging Tax Policy as currently adopted or as amended by the Albany City Council, to be used for an appropriate governmental purpose.
Funding requests may come from or through any recipient organization or outside organization. Funding requests must be supported by a majority of the Committee. Grant funds are used for event start-up costs to outside agencies; new marketing campaigns or expanded advertising for a new element of an existing event; or travel expenses to submit proposals to host events, conferences, and trade shows. The funds shall not be used for wages or benefits.
With a population of more than 50,000, Albany is the largest city in Linn County. The population of the county is approximately 117,000.
Broadband Competition Report
Prepared by BroadbandNow (August 2017)
The Greater Albany Public School system provides 13 elementary schools, one 3rd-8th school, three middle schools, and three high schools serving approximately 8,600 students.
Linn-Benton Community College offers processional and technical training programs in addition to general education and college transfer courses.
Oregon State University, located 10 miles away in neighboring Corvallis, hosts researching programs in forestry, agricultural sciences, veterinary science, oceanography and engineering.
|Samaritan Health Services||2,527|
|Greater Albany Public Schools||1,035|
|Linn Benton Community College||974|
|Target Distribution Center||425|
|City of Albany||384|
Interstate 5 cuts bisects the city to the north and south.
US Highway 20 and Oregon Highway 34 access the east and west.
Albany Municipal Airport (general aviation only)
Eugene Airport (40 min. south)
Portland International Airport
(90 min. north)
Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroads provide mainline connections in all directions.
Amtrak offers passenger service north and south
In addition to the available workforce, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, the Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corporation, the City of Albany, Linn-Benton Community College, area schools, and local companies have formed a Workforce Development Task Force to coordinate the needs of manufacturers with training and education providers to train students for the existing and future needs of area employers. This is a community-wide approach to proactively focus on workforce solutions for current and future openings. The goal is to develop a training pathway for the 70% of K-14 students who will not go on to four year institutions. The Task Force has created an industry-funded position to link students in local high schools with training, internship, and career-day opportunities with our local manufacturers.
In addition to providing the skill sets necessary for existing industries and businesses, Albany believes that having a community that recognizes the importance of these partnerships and educating our future workforce will be beneficial, not only to our existing industries, but to those looking at locating in Albany.
Local partners can provide recruiting, screening, testing and training of new employees. Various other services, wage supplements and credits may be available for certain employees.
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department offers the following recruitment services:
- Advertising: Use of iMatchSkills (iMS) and Job Central to post job listings statewide and nationwide. Assigned Account Representative (AR) will write or assist the employer to write and post job listings on iMS.
- Screening: Assigned AR will pre-screen applicants according to employer specifications. AR may collect resumes, contact applicants by phone, email or mail, schedule interviews, etc.
- Space: The Employment Department can provide space for the employer to conduct interviews, follow up phone calls, reference checks, etc.
- Follow Up: The AR will maintain contact with the employer throughout the recruitment to ensure the referral of qualified applicants.
Employment Department services are paid by employer taxes, and are available at no additional cost to businesses. The value of the services that we provide each business, including the assignment of an Account Representative, screening, follow up, marketing, and interviewing space is estimated between $2,958 and $3,939 per recruitment.