Alexander Flores and Mayor Jeffrey Dalin Call on Legislature to Take Up Washington County Economic Development Plan

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EVAN RIDLEY
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Hillsboro, Ore. - City officials in Hillsboro recently announced that the city is running out of prime economic development and job-creation land due to a 2014 decision by the Oregon Legislature which classified 2,200 acres north of the Hillsboro Airport as permanent rural reserves.

“Hillsboro is facing an urgent land shortage,” said Alexander Flores. “The Legislature’s 2014 decision shackled Washington County’s small business and job-growth potential, and now it needs to reverse course and do the right thing. Dedicating these lands to economic development is essential for small businesses to grow and create the high-paying jobs that the people of Washington County rely on. The economic development and job-creation that would result from this change is critical to strengthening our schools, maintaining our roads, and keeping law enforcement patrolling our streets.”     

“Right now, we don’t have the supply of shovel ready industrial land to develop, which means we are missing out on creating local jobs that we need,” said Mayor Jeffrey Dalin. “The Tri-County area needs the support of the Legislature and the Governor to begin the process of analysis to determine what lands to improve to shovel ready and/or where to expand the UGB. This should be done in a collaborative process with the 1000 Friends and the Farm Bureau.

To read more about the 2014 decision, click here.

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Reagan Knopp