Struggle under way over Lane economic agency

EUGENE, Ore. — A power struggle is under way in Lane County over business recruiting.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/XGwu25) that the struggle involves the economic development agency Lane Metro, and its longtime executive director, Jack Roberts, a former state labor commissioner.

The paper says emails show the county wants its economic development officer to take over Lane Metro, which is supported by local governments.

Roberts told the Lane Metro board that the county administrator, Liane Richardson, threatened to withhold $100,000 in contributions unless there’s a change in leadership at the agency.

Richardson tells the paper she wants Lane Metro to improve its communication with economic development officials at local governments. She says she hasn’t made the county’s contribution to the agency contingent on Roberts leaving.

More in Local News

Bicycle tour raises money for dialysis patients

Volunteers also shared health information and put together care packages for homeless women.

Elderly couple escape serious injuries in crash with train

The driver drove down tracks instead of a road, hitting a slow-moving train near Stanwood.

Boeing reaches out to schools

Company employees helped Everett students at recent reading and Manufacturing Day events.

5-vehicle collision sends school bus into ditch; no injuries

No students were hurt when a school bus crashed into… Continue reading

Fire crew returns early from wildfires in Northern California

Four Everett firefighters returned from battling California wildfires late Thursday… Continue reading

Theft lands former insurance salesman 50 days in jail

A former insurance salesman is expected to report to jail… Continue reading

Expect river levels to keep rising, though sun is on the way

Some could crest above minor and moderate flood levels.

Oregon senator punished over alleged inappropriate touching

Democratic Sen. Sara Gelser didn’t identify anyone by name.

Officials ID man shot and killed in apparent Everett robbery

Police believe the victim may have known the shooter, who drove away before the officers arrived.

Most Read