We lead collaborative development projects, promote our products and values, and create opportunities to share knowledge and resources to solidify Lane County as a hub for diverse food and beverage companies.


Lane County food and beverage manufacturing is a BILLION DOLLAR industry.

This region is home to 165 food and beverage manufacturing companies, which employ 4019 people, bringing over $179 million dollars in wages to the area.


Updates on regional events, opportunities, and local business news available HERE.

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Food and Beverage Sector Strategy Goals:
  1. Develop shared resources to attract, retain and grow local businesses.
  2. Create positive awareness and recognition through coordinated branding efforts.
  3. Build a stronger workforce — aligning curriculum at local high schools and colleges; raise awareness of food and beverage careers.
  4. Smooth utility costs — increase awareness of utility assistance programs and utility costs.
  5. Streamline regulations and permitting.
  6. Increase collaboration across the industry.

Press:

Raise a Glass to Local Libations – 10/25/18

Eugene, Oregon, is for Wine Lovers – 10/18/18

Local Food and Beverage Business Hub to Launch – 10/4/18

Staying at Eugene, Oregon’s Inn at the 5th is Perfect for Exploring Southern Willamette Wineries – 9/29/18

Making it:  Eugene Oregon – 7/13/18

Event Recap of Food Business Unpacked:  Choose the Right Sales Channel – 7/12/18

Event Recap of Food Business Unpacked:  Marketing Innovations – 3/8/18

Advisory Board Supports Local Food and Beverage Companies – 1/28/18

Lane F&B Sector Strategies Gains Traction – 11/16/17

Elconin Chosen to Lead Lane County Food and Beverage Sector Strategies – 9/9/17


Genesis of Project:

The Lane County Sector Strategy Team (LCSST) convened for the first time in November 2014. The team of regional workforce development, economic development, and city and business leaders is focused on economic and workforce development for Lane County, Oregon. The LCSST is responsible for making decisions together about how to better support critical industries in Lane County, including forming sector partnerships targeting specific industries.

Using local labor market data, the LCSST chose to focus attention first on the Tech Sector.  Tech Sector Strategies was launched in 2015 led by Technology Association of Oregon and has achieved much success.

Sector Strategies has now turned it’s attention to the Food and Beverage leveraging the work of The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.  An RFP went out Spring of 2017 for a entity to lead continued efforts.  Micah Elconin of Season to Taste Consulting earned the project and beginning in July 2017 has taken on the role of Food And Beverage Sector Strategist.  Elconin will lead the coordination of projects defined by industry leaders.


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