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'Don't forget about the rest of the state, we matter'

A new bill introduced at the Capital is aimed at promoting business growth in rural Oregon, and for people in Douglas County, this could mean a lot.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A new bill introduced at the Capitol is aimed at promoting business growth in rural Oregon, and for people in Douglas County, this could mean a lot.

Zory Hill worked as a plumber in Douglas County for over 15 years, but she moved to Portland because she found it difficult to get work in the area.

Now, she wants to come back home.

"Bring hope where there has been hopelessness," said Hill, who wants to own a business in Douglas County. "Just let people know that they can work with their hands and join an apprenticeship. I really just want to employ those people and start my own business back here in Douglas County."

Hill hopes that a house bill could help her do just that. The bill, backed by Governor Kate Brown, would alleviate some of the financial stress with starting a business.

Twenty percent of the business would have to go towards building affordable-to-moderate level housing. But Brown says that rural Oregon has been forgotten, and this bill would help boost its economy.

"That will provide good paying jobs so people can stay in the communities that they grew up in and raise their families and save for retirement," said Brown.

Hill hopes this bill will make a big difference in the community that she was forced to leave behind.

"I want to see Oregon thrive," said Hill. "I mean, we are thriving in Portland, but don't forget about the rest of the state, we matter."


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