Thumbs Up: I sat in Thursday noon on a presentation by Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler to the Klamath Leadership group and an assortment of area business people and community boosters.

He talked about the Oregon Growth Act, working to accommodate investment in Oregon and West Coast infrastructure, and about building a database of our region’s assets and attributes.

What I liked the most: when he said he wanted us to know that Klamath County has “a friend in the treasurer’s office.” Parts of his speech and question-and-answer made some of the conservative members of the audience tilt their heads. But you could tell he meant well, and he seemed genuinely fond of this region. It’s good to have all the friends that we can get in Salem and Portland; and this one has greater political aspirations, I’m sure.

He said that the recent fears about Jeld-Wen’s future in the Klamath Basin could provide for a teachable moment in a couple regards: folks from around the state could come to realize just how tough the economics of rural Oregon are; all of us need to keep in mind how important diversification is to our local and state economies.

Thumbs Up: I sat in Thursday noon on a presentation by Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler to the Klamath Leadership group and an assortment of area business people and community boosters.

He talked about the Oregon Growth Act, working to accommodate investment in Oregon and West Coast infrastructure, and about building a database of our region’s assets and attributes.

What I liked the most: when he said he wanted us to know that Klamath County has “a friend in the treasurer’s office.” Parts of his speech and question-and-answer made some of the conservative members of the audience tilt their heads. But you could tell he meant well, and he seemed genuinely fond of this region. It’s good to have all the friends that we can get in Salem and Portland; and this one has greater political aspirations, I’m sure.

He said that the recent fears about Jeld-Wen’s future in the Klamath Basin could provide for a teachable moment in a couple regards: folks from around the state could come to realize just how tough the economics of rural Oregon are; all of us need to keep in mind how important diversification is to our local and state economies.