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Happy Birthday America!


Some of you may know that I recently traveled to Indonesia with Corban University to witness and participate in the graduation of 233 teachers from UPH university in Jakarta. These teachers earned a duel accreditation from UPH and Corban University. It was an amazing trip and I participated in three “world briefings” while there. These […]

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National monuments in Marion, Malheur counties unnecessary


Big corporations and special interest groups are lobbying President Obama to use his executive powers to declare new national monuments across the nation. One company has turned the political campaign into a full-fledged corporate marketing stunt to help sell products. But for those of us who live, work and play on Oregon’s public lands, this […]

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Small Business Revolution on Main Street


May 3-10, 2016 is National Business Week and the City of Silverton is one of three finalists in the Small Business Revolution on Main Street contest and is competing against Wabash, Ind. and Elizabeth City, N.C. You can help Silverton win by visiting the website smallbusinessrevolution.org during National Business Week.  Voting is done on a […]

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April Good Works


April is one of the pivotal months – our weather turns to more sunshine and less wind, students are back at school for the last stretch of classes before summer, and there are literally tens of good works going on in our community. Next week two events that hit home for me are in support […]

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Mid-March Economic Development Update


One of my priorities continues to be economic development in Marion County and the surrounding areas. There are many public policy decisions that impact the ability of businesses to operate, expand and grow jobs. Some of those policy decisions are negative, yet most businesses adapt and survive by improving productivity. These adaptations many times reduce […]

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