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Newport property off NE Averty: Certified “Shovel Ready” property to create jobs.

Newport City Hall Gettin' the shovel ready!

Newport City Hall
Gettin’ the shovel ready!

A local economic development group is going to announce Friday afternoon that a 30 acre piece of property in north Newport is open for business to create jobs and help grow Newport’s economy.

The Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County will note that land owners Paul and Sharon Lawson have qualified their industrial property off NE Avery Street, near UPS and Thompson Sanitary, to be eligible to receive special assistance from “Business Oregon.” Business Oregon offers a speedy way for industrial, family wage jobs to be created due to pre-planning and pre-financing work to get an industrial project moving that meets all environmental requirements, decent pay for workers and also qualifies for loans and/or grants from the state of Oregon to make it all happen.

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Such so-called “shovel ready” projects have already appeared in the Newport area; planning and application grants that helped to bring the NOAA Pacific Fleet to Newport and the resurrection the old Fred Wahl Boatyard in Toledo with grants and loans to upgrade and re-open the facility. Both brought more family wage jobs to the Yaquina Bay region in a way that Paul and Sharon Lawson and the Economic Alliance of Lincoln County hope will create a new upwelling of new, lucrative employment opportunities in some kind of industrial/manufacturing environment at their property in the 78-hundred block of NE Avery.

The “shovel ready” designation and certification by Business Oregon usually implies that a particular piece of property has been pre-approved for a number of land uses and the regulatory agencies have given their blessing to a fast-track process to get the project up and running – in as little as six months in some cases.

The announcement of the Lawson property “shovel ready” certification will be made at Newport City Hall, Friday, at 1:45pm in the City Council Chambers. For more information call property owner Paul Lawson at 360-694-5112 or Caroline Bauman at the Economic Development Alliance at 541-961-3837.

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