Governor Brown Listens To Southern Oregon Concerns

Governor Brown announced today that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will get $70,000 from the Governors Strategic Fund. It will be used for air filtration system at OSF facilities.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2018 6:58 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Governor Brown announced today that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will get $70,000 from the Governors Strategic Fund. It will be used for air filtration system at OSF facilities.

The announcement came during a community round table that was held Thursday with business leaders, local politicians, law enforcement personnel and firefighters.

Many business owners talked about heavy financial losses and the impact the wildfires have had on their businesses this year. Some talked about their relationship to OSF's sagging sales.

Todd Davidson, the CEO of the Oregon Tourism Commission explained some of the worst cases. "You hear the stories how some of these iconic Oregon attractions, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival losing over two million dollars, Hellgate Jetboats has probably lost a million dollars," explained. "These are businesses and attractions that are destination drivers for this region and the state of Oregon."

He said their losses have a ripple effect throughout the economy.

In addition to the funding for OSF, Governor Brown said this is just the beginning of a larger conversation and committed the State's resources to finding a solution.

"I certainly want the State to play a role in making sure people can go hiking in southern Oregon and can enjoy the lovely summers here and can certainly come to the Shakespeare Festival without worrying about the health impacts and the smoke." said Brown.

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