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Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, along with the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, are working together on this initiative to expand broadband needs to underserved populations within the area.
After struggling through the pandemic with an outdated unemployment system from the 1990s, the Oregon Employment Department has started the first phase of a replacement project. The new system won’t go live until 2024.
The request came from the findings of a chip industry task force of government and business leaders, which issued recommendations earlier this month on how the state can be more attractive to the semiconductor industry.
An unemployment system dating back to the 1990s, coupled with procedural failings and a surging jobless rate in the spring and summer of 2020, is behind the latest critical audit of the Oregon Employment Department.
Utilities in the state are looking to new technology to fight an old problem: wildfires. Officials hope that by better predicting weather and risk patterns they can prevent and respond to the looming threat.