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Transportation

Interstate 5 cuts bisects the city to the north and south and the State Highways 20 and 4 access the east and west.

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Air

Albany Municipal Airport accommodates general aviation and corporate aircraft.

The Willamette Valley has two commercial airports; the Eugene Airport, 40 minutes to the south and the Portland International Airport, 90 minutes to the north.

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Rail

Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroads provide mainline connections in all directs.

Amtrak offers passenger service north and south

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Public Transit

The Albany Transit System offers bus transportation within the city limits.

The Linn-Benton Loop offers service between Albany and Corvallis.

24-hour taxi service is available.

Call-A-Ride service is available in Albany for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

How we can help

Jorge Salinas, acting Economic Development Director for the City, will serve as your ombudsman to help shepherd your project through all phases of the process in Albany. Jorge will work to ensure your project flows smoothly from beginning to end.

In addition to Jorge, City Manager Peter Troedsson, Sean Stevens from Business Oregon, and John Pascone, Director of AMEDC, will be key members of the project team—available when you need them to work for your success.

Jorge Salinas
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A Strategic Plan

The City of Albany Strategic Plan outlines four major themes. The theme Healthy Economy guides the effort for support the existing businesses, recruit new businesses and development to ensure Albany remains an attractive place for businesses. 

Goal 1: Business

Enhance the value and diversity of Albany’s economy by attracting, retaining, diversifying, and expanding local businesses.

Goal 2: Partnerships

Strengthen the area’s role as a leading regional economic center through local and regional coordination and collaboration on economic development planning and projects.

Goal 3: Prosperity

Maintain and grow the income levels with a focus on living-wage jobs, training, and education opportunities of Albany residents consistent with Oregon and national trends. Work to increase the community’s assessed value while working to achieve a healthy balance of housing and jobs.

Goal 4: Central Albany

Create a readily identifiable downtown core that is unique and vibrant with a mixture of entertainment, housing, specialty shops, offices, and other commercial uses.

Demographics

With a population of more than 50,000, Albany is the largest city in Linn County. The population of the county is approximately 117,000.

Education System

The Greater Albany Public School system provides 13 elementary schools, one 3rd-8th school, three middle schools, and three high schools serving approximately 8,600 students.

Linn-Benton Community College offers processional and technical training programs in addition to general education and college transfer courses.

Oregon State University, located 10 miles away in neighboring Corvallis, hosts researching programs in forestry, agricultural sciences, veterinary science, oceanography and engineering.

Major Employers

Samaritan Health Services 2,527
ATI 1,300
Greater Albany Public Schools 1,035
Linn Benton Community College 974
Linn County 690
Target Distribution Center 425
Selmet 420
Mennonite Village 417
OFD Foods 400
City of Albany 384

 

Workforce Development

In addition to the available workforce, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, the Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corporation, the City of Albany, Linn-Benton Community College, area schools, and local companies have formed a Workforce Development Task Force to coordinate the needs of manufacturers with training and education providers to train students for the existing and future needs of area employers. This is a community-wide approach to proactively focus on workforce solutions for current and future openings. The goal is to develop a training pathway for the 70% of K-14 students who will not go on to four year institutions. The Task Force has created an industry-funded position to link students in local high schools with training, internship, and career-day opportunities with our local manufacturers.

In addition to providing the skill sets necessary for existing industries and businesses, Albany believes that having a community that recognizes the importance of these partnerships and educating our future workforce will be beneficial, not only to our existing industries, but to those looking at locating in Albany.

A key element in Albany’s approach to workforce development is a proposed funding package currently under consideration by the City Council. 
 
Local industries have highlighted an opportunity and are working with the city on a request to invest over $3 million dollars in manufacturing equipment for technical training in our community.
 
Through this investment, Albany is looking to be a best-in-class hub for training and manufacturing in the region and throughout the Northwest.

Map of Albany in relation to other major cities in Oregon

Albany is at the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley along the banks of the Willamette River. Salem, the State capital, is 30 minutes away. Portland, the Cascade mountains, and the Pacific Ocean are all within a 90-minute drive.

Workforce Resources 

Local partners can provide recruiting, screening, testing and training of new employees. Various other services, wage supplements and credits may be available for certain employees.

WorkSource Oregon Employment Department offers the following recruitment services:

Advertising

Use of iMatchSkills (iMS) and Job Central to post job listings statewide and nationwide.  Assigned Account Representative (AR) will write or assist the employer to write and post job listings on iMS. 

Screening

Assigned AR will pre-screen applicants according to employer specifications. AR may collect resumes, contact applicants by phone, email or mail, schedule interviews, etc. 

Space

The Employment Department can provide space for the employer to conduct interviews, follow up phone calls, reference checks, etc. 

Follow Up

The AR will maintain contact with the employer throughout the recruitment to ensure the referral of qualified applicants.

Employment Department services are paid by employer taxes, and are available at no additional cost to businesses. The value of the services that we provide each business, including the assignment of an Account Representative, screening, follow up, marketing, and interviewing space is estimated between $2,958 and $3,939 per recruitment.

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Albany Broadband Competition Report

View the pdf report prepared by BroadbandNow (August 2017)