Background

Through the Manufacturing Council of Oregon (MCO), OBI’s statewide Manufacturing and Innovation Roadshow bus tour, and our efforts to develop and grow pro-manufacturing stakeholder groups and initiatives, OBI will continue its focus and leadership on pro-manufacturing advocacy efforts. OBI/MCO recognizes the vital and integrated importance of manufacturing in Oregon, including recognizing that manufacturing jobs and careers create top-tier opportunities for advancement for Oregon workers and families, as well as a thriving economic and business climate that helps produce revenues for critical public services.

OBI/MCO’s broad mission is to protect, promote and grow a positive, globally competitive business climate for manufacturing and related industries throughout Oregon. Working with a broad base of diverse stakeholders, makers and innovators, we will continue our advocacy to provide opportunities, remove barriers, and help create the jobs and careers that fuel Oregon’s economy and quality of life.

 

Manufacturing Policy Principles

Globally Competitive: OBI will ensure that Oregon provides a sustainable, globally competitive environment that supports a diverse manufacturing sector by fostering capital investment, innovation, research and development, education, employment opportunity, workforce training and supply chain resiliency.

Business Climate: OBI will promote a tax and regulatory environment that encourages manufacturing investment, innovation and growth.

Support all Manufacturing: OBI will work for policy improvements (including tax and regulatory) that benefit all manufacturers. Obi will guide policy to avoid picking “favorite industries” or specific winners and losers.

Infrastructure: OBI will promote local, state and regional infrastructure improvements to facilitate shipping, surface transportation and port access/throughput to enhance access to regional, national and global markets.

Workforce: OBI will work to improve career manufacturing employment opportunities through enhanced investment and support of career and technical education and promotion of education-workforce-employer collaboration.

Efficiency and Sustainability: OBI will promote sustainable practices, including land-use and energy policies, that ensure Oregon manufacturers have cost-effective access to the resources necessary to compete in regional and global markets.

Proprietary Information: OBI will support policies that protect intellectual property and proprietary information of manufacturers.

MCO CHAIR:

Jim Fitzhenry, Roy Manufacturing

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