Despite its proximity to Boise, Idaho, Malheur remains Oregon’s most impoverished county. The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board is interested in comparing local (Malheur and Boise) and state (Oregon and Idaho) policies related to challenges in hiring people to fill jobs in Malheur, namely (1) regulations around professional licensure standards, (2) childcare options so parents can work and employers can fill their shifts, and (3) housing incentive program effectiveness. We are identifying and analyzing relevant data to identify where there is a mismatch in resources – skilled labor, childcare, and housing and options to alleviate these mismatches.
Oregon State University, Economics
Oregon State University, Computer Science
Southern Oregon University, Computer Science
Professor (Extension), Oregon State University