Byline: Sherri Buri McDonald The Register-Guard
Two local properties are among the first in the state to be certified and promoted by the state as being ready for development in six months or less.
The former Sony disc manufacturing plant in Springfield's Gateway area and land in Greenhill Technology Park in west Eugene made the list of 11 "project-ready" sites in Oregon. Gov. Ted Kulongoski on Monday unveiled the properties and a Web site that will be used to promote them.
The announcement builds on goals Kulongoski set early last year to encourage business growth and expansion.
"Growing Oregon's economy is the top priority of my administration," Kulongoski said Monday. "One of the biggest steps we can take to create jobs for Oregonians is to ensure we have `project ready' industrial land available for businesses that are interested in expanding or moving to Oregon."
Jack Roberts, executive director of Lane Metro Partnership, an economic development agency, said the listing should provide a boost to the 11 sites and an impetus to certify more sites to be added to the list.
"We think it's going to really help us in terms of marketing the sites and marketing the area," Roberts said.
Other local properties that Roberts would like to see certified for the state promotional list include an additional 25- to 30-acre parcel at Greenhill Technology Park; a 40-acre site at the corner of Willow Creek Road and West 11th Avenue near Hynix's computer chip factory; 60 acres off Marcola Road in Springfield; and 70 acres just outside Junction City's city limits and west of Oaklea Drive. …