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December 10, 2002

Ore.'s new governor has plan for economy

PORTLAND (AP) -- Gov.-elect Ted Kulongoski told 1,300 Oregon business and community leaders Monday that restarting the state's stalled economy is his main goal.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., opened the conference at the Portland Convention Center with a call to make nanotechnology and "promoting women in engineering" the two main vehicles for restoring Oregon's economy.

At the summit, business, political and community leaders will discuss a draft plan for economic growth crafted by the Oregon Business Council, an association of more than 40 top business executives.

The plan suggests a number of initiatives the Legislature can consider when it convenes shortly after Kulongoski takes office next month, including updated land-use laws, bridge and road maintenance, improved air and freight connections, streamlined permits, better forest management and stronger education.

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