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Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

The City of Stayton has launched a process to develop an Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan. Over the past several decades the City has experienced steady growth but growth has substantially slowed during the past ten years.

The City hired Bridge Economic Development and Mackenzie to evaluate opportunities for employment growth and identify steps to remove barriers to foster private investment within the industrial park.

As part of the evaluation process, the consultant team met with community stakeholders in January and presented preliminary findings to the City Council at their March 4 meeting. The presentation can be found below.

As part of their research the consultant team looked at the demographics, educational attainment and employment of Stayton residents, comparing Stayton with a number of comparable cities in Oregon and elsewhere in the country.  The team also conducted an analysis of the utility and infrastructure needs of the industrial area and analyzed the City's utility rate structure in comparison to other Mid-Willamette Valley cities.

The City conducted an online survey asking participants about their priorities for industrial and commercial development.  The survey was completed by 70 respondents. The survey results are included in the Technical Analysis at the bottom of this page.

A community open house was held on April and featured a presentation from the consultant team on the findings and an opportunity to participate in the discussion as to the types of development residents would like to see and the steps that are appropriate to achieve it.

The advisory committee for the project met three times during the course of developing the strategies.

The final draft Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan was adopted by the City Council in July 2019.  The complete plan, a matrix of the recommended actions, and the technical analysis are included below.

If you have any questions, please contact Community & Economic Development Director Jennifer Siciliano at jsiciliano@staytonoregon.gov or via phone at (503) 769-2998.

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