Investing for Lane County Businesses

As a capacity builder/investor, Lane Workforce Partnership’s Board is committed to enhancing the region’s ability to meet the workforce needs of local employers through the utilization of federal and state funds.

Current investments include:

WorkSource Lane

The average annual $1.1 million dollar investment of federal, state, and foundation funds made by the Lane Workforce Partnership Board of Directors into WorkSource Lane provides for staffing, training scholarships, support services, On-the-Job training funds, internet access, computers, and testing programs to ensure that jobseekers have the skills to meet the needs of local employers.  WorkSource Lane meets the needs of local employers through a collaborative service delivery effort between the Lane Workforce Partnership and the Oregon Employment Department.

For job search assistance, information on training programs, and services to businesses, please call 541-686-7985 and ask to speak with a Career Advisor.

Please click here for business supports available due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

On-the-Job Training Program

Between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 the Lane Workforce Partnership invested $186,616 in the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program.  The OJT program is administered through WorkSource Lane.  The OJT Program offers Lane County businesses  up to $3,500 for hiring an eligible job seeker or current employee who is almost perfect, but is lacking a skill, or set of skills, AND is willing to train them on the job.  Known as a “hire first” activity, it creates a win-win for employers and job seekers.  Reimbursements are calculated at 50% of the wages earned by the new hire during the training period.

OJT brochure

Regional Innovation Training Funds

Lane Workforce Partnership and Lane County’s Community & Economic partner to invest in the Regional Innovation Training Fund (RITF). The fund supports collective training projects in targeted industry sectors focused on meaningful post-secondary credentials; and result in growth and retention of innovation talent in Lane County. 

Watch for new innovation training fund opportunities.

Other Investments

  • Oregon SHINE (Sustainability Hub of Interchange Negotiation Experts):  Because your business is under constant assault from a myriad of factors, it is paramount that your company has a vision and a plan to go along with that vision. Strategic decisions have to be made to ensure your company can stay ahead of this tide of change that exert pressure companies almost daily. Making sure your strategic decisions lead to the best outcomes for your company and employees is the basis for the genesis of Oregon Shine. SHINE will help you: assess your management team; perform an operational assessment; give feedback to align your management team; achieve operational alignment; build a strategy around goals and positioning; construct a strategic plan; and create a tactical plan to implement the strategic plan by prioritization.  Click here for more information on the Oregon SHINE program.
  • Discard Upcycling in partnership with Viking Sewing, Vacuum Spa and Stove have come together to launch Viking Textile Maker Hub (VTMH). The Textile Maker Hub will offer industrial sewing training, alterations, use of Industrial sewing machines for textile craftsmanship, industrial sewing and textile makers space. The Textile Maker Hub business infrastructure will provide a professional workspace with the needed equipment that will allow sewists flexible times to do alterations and textile repairs. There will be two classroom spaces that will enable local textile artisans to teach their own, unique curriculum’s to the community in a safe and accessible environment. The Textile Maker Hub will also offer access to a variety of industrial and specialized sewing machines for teaching classes, doing projects, and operating small independent manufacturing businesses. The owner and operator of Discard Upcycling, Mitra Gruwell, is currently putting together and designing an industry recognized sewing training program that can be taught in the Textile Maker Hub to train students in the basic skills and safety protocols being sought out by our local textile manufacturing businesses. Click here for more information.

Work-Ready Lane County


As an economic development strategy, Lane County achieved its goal of becoming a Certified Work Ready Community.  View up-to-date progress towards the goal for all counties within the State of Oregon.

The CWRC program works in concert with the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and serves as a validating tool that a community has a skilled labor force for targeted industries.  The Governor has identified the National Career Readiness Certificate as one of the administration’s key workforce development strategies.

“The program allows you to assess people ahead of time before they come in the door.  The National Career Readiness Certificate includes a rigorous testing system…  I’m noticing a significant quality difference in the applicant pool since we started using the NCRC.”  Wayne Skipper, President, Concentric Sky.  Concentric Sky is featured in a video to bring awareness to the value of the National Career Readiness Certificate.

View listing of employers in Lane County that recognize the NCRC in their hiring.