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Ashland Oregon Chamber of Commerce / Your Business / ASHLAND ECONOMY / THE ECONOMIC BASE / Industry Clusters / Industry Clusters, Continued

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  • Elder Care. The report identified elder Community Care, which includes large retirement residences and senior foster homes, as cluster with potential for future growth in the Rogue Valley. Ashlandís quality of life and access to health care make it an attractive place for elder care facilities.
  • Wood products. The Rogue Valley has a growing amount of employment in manufacturing furniture, especially in Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing. Firms involved in furniture manufacturing may be attracted to Ashland for its quality of life or retail opportunities.
  • Creative. The report identifies Performing Arts Companies as a cluster with potential for future growth. Ashlandís high-amenity tourism and existing performing arts businesses make it a natural place for other performing arts firms to locate. Other creative sectors that may be attracted to Ashland include Clay Production and Glass and Glass Products Manufacturing, which might be able to take advantage of existing retail outlets, such as art galleries.
  • Tourism and Recreation. The report indicates that Ashland has a higher than average concentration of firms in the Accommodation and Food Services sector. While this cluster may continue to provide employment in Ashland, this cluster is additionally important for the services that it provides to other businesses in Ashland.
  • Food and Beverage Production. This cluster includes wine production. Wineries may be attracted to Ashland because of the presence of other tourism, high-end retail, recreational activities, and other cultural amenities.

Jac NickelsThe Ashland Chamber of Commerce Economic Sustainability Committee has taken the regionís cluster development efforts to the next level. Through its Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program, local businesses in potential clusters were interviewed in order to learn more about their operations, their connections with other local businesses, and about the challenges they face. With information from these interviews, the ESC committee assists local businesses to overcome obstacles that impede their growth and development.

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