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There are some surprising results from a study that compared Oregon and other state's economic positions. The Deschutes Economic Alliance held a special meeting in Bend yesterday and unveiled the results of the report commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Oregon ranked number one in terms of higher education efficiency; in other words compared to other states, we spend the least amount of money to produce a person with a college degree. Delore Zimmerman says the speech also gave local business and government leaders tips on ways to attract more jobs to Oregon and the region. One big issue is how regulation is stifling business across the country: “Some of the states have commissions now to take a look at every rule and regulation, every law that's passed and it's impact on jobs. Some of the state's have established thresholds on the impact and if it crosses that threshold they will veto it, or it won't pass." He says many states are also encouraging more regional and streamlined interaction so that businesses don't have to waste as much time dealing with several different agencies.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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