Advantage Dental is one of Oregon’s largest dental health care providers for low-income persons within the state serving over 200,000 patients, the majority of whom qualify for public health care or are uninsured. In addition, Advantage Dental is Oregon’s largest rural dental services provider, with service locations throughout the state. The NMTC transaction will allow the cooperative to invest in seven additional rural dental clinics that can increase service capacity by nearly 50,000 patients and create additional health care jobs in remote and underserved areas. Another key aspect of the NMTC transaction was to finance new electronic data storage and information systems to enhance the quality of service offerings and improve efficiencies. Advantage offers many ways for small rural clinics to benefit from shared economies of size and scale. The Advantage Dental model for rural dental care is considered to be a leading prototype for next-generation health care services in underserved areas.
Lane Community College (LCC), an accredited two-year community college located in Eugene, Lane County, OR, has redeveloped a highly visible unoccupied lot into a new 90,000 square-foot Downtown Campus. LCC is a valuable resource to community members seeking career development and/or technical education training. The Downtown Campus allows for the expansion of the college workforce and small business programs, including: Energy Management, Center for Meeting and Learning, Business Development Center, Oregon Small Business Development Center, eDev, Lane’s Adult Basic and Secondary Education program, and Successful Aging and Senior Companion program. These programs help students successfully integrate into the local economy through a curriculum that includes adult basic-skills education, English as a second language, and GED courses. The Downtown Campus doubles the amount of useable administration space, which was previously dispersed across several locations in downtown Eugene. The consolidation of these services allows for more efficient delivery of curriculum as well as synergies and cross-supportive benefits between programs.
Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) is a privately-owned wood products company based in Dillard, Oregon. For over 75 years, RFP has provided forest products from Oregon’s timberlands. RFP employs over 3,000 employees, including 971 employees at their corporate office and mill in Dillard. RFP and the local economy were hit particularly hard during the recent recession as both are heavily dependent on new home construction and wood-product manufacturing. The influx of working capital will allow RFP to install new equipment and expand its facilities so that RFP can capitalize on the timber industry’s recovery and retain 971 jobs.