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Building Better Regions
May 20, 2024
Mass timber on the rise in the Pacific Northwest

Big things are growing in the land of big trees. Mass timber may not be a household term yet, but the potential for a sustainable supply chain from the forest to the front door has a lot of people excited.

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CBS News
April 27, 2024
[Video] Inside America's mass timber movement

Mass timber is a type of wood being used to build large buildings, like high-rises and airports. Jeff Glor traveled to Oregon to understand more about the material, its safety, and whether it's sustainable to use long-term.

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merkley.senate.gov
April 17, 2024
Merkley, Risch introduce bipartisan bill to boost mass timber industry across America

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Idaho’s U.S. Senator James Risch today announced the introduction of the bipartisan Mass Timber Federal Buildings Act to promote the utilization of mass timber in federal building projects and military construction.

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KEZI
February 8, 2024
Deputy Sec. of Agriculture toured OSU's College of Forestry and took a look at some research

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Xochitl Torres Small, toured the Oregon State University's College of Forestry. Her visit is part of a national tour of Land Grant colleges across the country. The tour highlighted a lot of the research being done at Oregon State University to the Deputy Secretary of the USDA. Much of the research at OSU is a collaborative effort with heavy investment from the Department of Agriculture.

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KVAL
February 8, 2024
USDA Deputy Secretary makes stop at Oregon State University

As part of an ongoing, country-wide tour, to highlight the USDA's support for agricultural and forestry research, USDA Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small stopped by Oregon State University to speak with members of its College of Forestry. She met with Iain Macdonald, the director of the TallWood Design Institute, and Thomas DeLuca, the dean of the College of Forestry, as well as students.

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KGW8
January 15, 2024
Mass timber lab at Oregon State is helping to shape the future of eco-friendly construction

The mass timber lab at OSU is helping designers and engineers test new products that will help fight climate change.

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KDRV
November 3, 2023
[Video] Oregon Land Commission visit to Almeda Fire area leaves vision for new housing

A Land Conservation and Development Committee (LCDC) toured the Almeda Fire burn scars today and held a round table lunch.

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KTVZ
October 23, 2023
Two federally designated ‘Tech Hubs’ announced for Oregon, focused on microfluidics, mass timber

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Val Hoyle and Andrea Salinas, announced Monday the designation of two tech hubs coming to Oregon from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

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Oregon Capital Chronicle
October 23, 2023
White House names Oregon as tech hub for semiconductors, mass timber

Oregon could receive tens of millions of dollars from the federal government for semiconductors and mass timber after the Biden administration announced Monday that the state will be home to two of 31 technology hubs.

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OPB
October 23, 2023
OSU-led projects for semiconductors and mass timber win federal Tech Hub designation

The label allows the projects to compete for up to $75 million each in federal CHIPS and Science Act funding.

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US Economic Development Administration
October 23, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration Designates Tech Hub in Pacific Northwest to Drive Innovation in Mass Timber

As part of the President’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Commerce identifies regional centers primed for innovation and job creation.

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Rogue Valley Times
July 24, 2023
Mass Timber could be a good fit for Southern Oregon, but progress is slow

Millions in funding from the federal government and the state of Oregon is being funneled into projects for the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition — and some people involved believe Southern Oregon could be a natural fit for the evolving industry.

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OPB
May 11, 2023
Oregon State, University of Oregon, Portland State, others receive National Science Foundation money

The $1 million grants will help the universities develop strategic plans for how to grow the region’s semiconductor and mass timber industries and improve its electrical grid.

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The Architect's Newspaper
April 20, 2023
The International Mass Timber Conference brought together architects, contractors, fabricators, and foresters

At the International Mass Timber Conference, held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland from March 27 to 29, a mood of celebration filled the air as a series of overlapping communities came together to acknowledge and plan for mass timber’s growing (if still small) presence in mainstream construction.

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KGW
January 27, 2023
Gov. Kotek, Sen. Merkley tour prototype modular homes made with Oregon ‘mass timber’

Kotek wants to add 36,000 units of new housing each year in order to meet the need. Projects like Mass Casitas could help Oregon achieve that goal.

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AP News
January 27, 2023
Oregon pins hopes on mass timber to boost housing, jobs

Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon’s housing crisis — a prototype of an affordable housing unit made from mass timber.

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KOIN
January 27, 2023
Kotek sees ‘mass timber’ homes being built quickly

Gov. Tina Kotek took a closer look at production underway in Portland for a new type of modular home that could end up creating new homes in record time.

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Oregon Business
January 27, 2023
Governor Kotek Celebrates Speed of Mass Timber Modular Housing Pilot Project

Standing among the hollow wooden housing units in the Port of Portland’s Marine Terminal 2, Gov. Tina Kotek and Sen. Jeff Merkley declared the Mass Casitas $5 million modular housing prototype pilot project a success.

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The Corvallis Advocate
September 12, 2022
Oregon Mass Timber Coalition to receive over $41 million

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden recently announced that the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition will receive over $41 million from the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) as one of 21 American Rescue Plan Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) winners.

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Woodworking Network
September 8, 2022
More than $41 million earmarked for Oregon mass-timber industry

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition (OMTC) $41.4 million to develop and expand Oregon’s emerging mass timber industry.

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KOIN
September 7, 2022
President Biden awards $41.4 million to boost Oregon’s timber industry

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Oregon Mass Timber Coalition will receive approximately $41.4 million in grants to revamp the state’s timber industry, President Biden announced on Sept. 2.

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The Register-Guard
September 6, 2022
Oregon project to expand mass timber production, industry jobs with $41.4M federal grant

The Oregon Mass Timber Coalition — which includes researchers, government agencies, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University — received a $41.4 million federal grant to expand the state's mass timber industry to improve housing opportunities, reduce wildfire risks and create new jobs.

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Newswise
September 6, 2022
Mass Timber Coalition awarded $41.4 million in federal funds to advance use of wood products in construction

Newswise — Researchers at the University of Oregon will receive more than $16 million in federal funds as part of a major government grant to the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition from the Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

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EDA
September 2, 2022
U.S. Department of Commerce invests approximately $41.4 million to boost forest products industry in Oregon through American rescue plan regional challenge

WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden will announce the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition as one of 21 winners of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, the most impactful regional economic development competition in decades.

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Oregon Live
September 2, 2022
Oregon coalition gets $41 million in federal funds to advance ‘mass timber’ for housing

An Oregon group working to produce affordable housing and boost the state’s timber industry will get a big infusion of federal funds, the White House announced Friday.

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OPB
September 2, 2022
Oregon’s mass timber industry gets boost from federal government

The Oregon Mass Timber Coalition will receive more than $41 million from the Biden Administration to expand the use of mass timber in housing — particularly affordable housing that could help ease the state’s housing crisis.

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The Economist
August 11, 2022
Mass timber offers new hope for an old industry in the American West

The strong, sustainable building material may help revitalise forests.

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The Oregonian
March 30, 2022
Opinion: Mass timber can help Oregon build back better

Mass timber is emerging as an innovative solution to our growing need for housing. By taking lower-value wood fiber and pressing it into panels for modular home construction, mass timber products can speed up housing production while creating jobs and supporting forest restoration.

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KLCC
February 9, 2022
Farmer’s market pavilion grows in downtown Eugene

The new year-round pavilion under construction for the Eugene farmer's market is being constructed of mass timber.

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Portland Tribune
January 27, 2022
PCC breaks ground on Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center redevelopment

The two-story center will replace two old buildings, including a former grocery store with no windows. Plans include mass timber and mass plywood materials for the building.

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The Register-Guard
December 16, 2021
Oregon Mass Timber Coalition's manufacturing facility proposal a finalist for BBB funding

A project to expand mass timber production and industry jobs proposed by the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition — which includes the University of Oregon and Oregon State University — has been selected as a finalist for new federal funding.

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Fly PDX
December 14, 2021
Oregon Legislature approves $5M for Port of Portland and Hacienda CDC to create mass timber modular housing prototypes

Last night, the Oregon Legislature, in Special Session, approved a $5 million appropriation for the Port of Portland and Hacienda Community Development Corporation to build prototypes of modular housing units, made from mass timber, that can be deployed to various sites throughout Oregon.

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KGW8
December 14, 2021
Oregon Mass Timber Coalition a finalist for major federal grant

The money would fund the design and building of modular homes made from mass timber products, a factory and workforce training center.

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Portland Tribune
October 23, 2021
Portland airport crafts wooden roof, part of $2B expansion

The crown jewel of the Portland International Airport's massive $2 billion expansion is the upcoming mass timber roof for the main terminal.

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The New York Times
September 8, 2021
Wildfire Took These Families’ Homes. Here’s Why They Stay.

Should I stay? A year after the Almeda fire, hundreds who are still in trailers, hotels and other temporary homes continue to grapple with that question.

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