Priorities - Jobs
Living-wage jobs are the backbone of a strong community. For nearly a decade, Caddy has been working to build infrastructure on the South Coast to draw private investment and grow jobs. As vice chairwoman of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Board of Commissioners, Caddy understands the challenges of rebuilding the economy in one of the most economically depressed regions of the state. She has been instrumental in the purchase and ongoing rehabilitation of the Coos Bay Rail Line helping to reestablish a vital piece of transportation infrastructure that connects the South Coast to the national transportation grid. Coos Bay is the largest deep-water port between San Francisco and Puget Sound. With this new transportation link in place, we can secure further economic development projects and rebuild a strong local economic base that is in sync with the twenty-first century global economy.
The southern Oregon Coast is rich with natural resources that can be used responsibly to revitalize the state and local economy and bring prosperity back to the middle class. It is time to take advantage of the natural assets of our region and create a strong community with living-wage jobs where families want to raise their children.
Joe Benetti, restaurant owner and past president of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, said of Caddy: “As a leader of the Port Commission, Caddy’s goal has been to take advantage of the natural assets of our region in order to create more family wage jobs for our community. She is the right person to represent us in Salem.”
Caddy is committed to:
Working with the Legislature and other state partners to increase investment in transportation and marine infrastructure
Improving Oregon’s atmosphere for new and expanding businesses by increasing access to capital and streamlining the permitting process
Rebuilding the local economy through responsible use of our natural resources and the development of green technologies
Expanding re-training programs to provide people with skills they need to get back to work