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With a population of more than 50,000, Albany is the largest city in Linn County. The population of the county is approximately 117,000.

Broadband Competition Report

Prepared by BroadbandNow (August 2017)

Education System

The Greater Albany Public School system provides 13 elementary schools, one 3rd-8th school, three middle schools, and three high schools serving approximately 8,600 students.

Linn-Benton Community College offers processional and technical training programs in addition to general education and college transfer courses.

Oregon State University, located 10 miles away in neighboring Corvallis, hosts researching programs in forestry, agricultural sciences, veterinary science, oceanography and engineering.

Major Employers

Samaritan Health Services 2,527
ATI 1,300
Greater Albany Public Schools 1,035
Linn Benton Community College 974
Linn County 690
Target Distribution Center 425
Selmet 420
Mennonite Village 417
OFD Foods 400
City of Albany 384

Transportation

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Road

Interstate 5 cuts bisects the city to the north and south.

US Highway 20 and Oregon Highway 34 access the east and west.

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Air

Albany Municipal Airport (general aviation only)

Eugene Airport (40 min. south)

Portland International Airport
(90 min. north)

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Rail

Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe railroads provide mainline connections in all directions.

Amtrak offers passenger service north and south

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Public Transit

Albany Transit System 

Linn-Benton Loop (service to/from Corvallis)

Taxi and rideshare services

Call-A-Ride (service for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities)

Workforce Development

In addition to the available workforce, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, the Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corporation, the City of Albany, Linn-Benton Community College, area schools, and local companies have formed a Workforce Development Task Force to coordinate the needs of manufacturers with training and education providers to train students for the existing and future needs of area employers. This is a community-wide approach to proactively focus on workforce solutions for current and future openings. The goal is to develop a training pathway for the 70% of K-14 students who will not go on to four year institutions. The Task Force has created an industry-funded position to link students in local high schools with training, internship, and career-day opportunities with our local manufacturers.

In addition to providing the skill sets necessary for existing industries and businesses, Albany believes that having a community that recognizes the importance of these partnerships and educating our future workforce will be beneficial, not only to our existing industries, but to those looking at locating in Albany.

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Workforce Resources

Local partners can provide recruiting, screening, testing and training of new employees. Various other services, wage supplements and credits may be available for certain employees.

WorkSource Oregon Employment Department offers the following recruitment services:

  • Advertising: Use of iMatchSkills (iMS) and Job Central to post job listings statewide and nationwide. Assigned Account Representative (AR) will write or assist the employer to write and post job listings on iMS. 
  • Screening: Assigned AR will pre-screen applicants according to employer specifications. AR may collect resumes, contact applicants by phone, email or mail, schedule interviews, etc. 
  • Space: The Employment Department can provide space for the employer to conduct interviews, follow up phone calls, reference checks, etc. 
  • Follow Up: The AR will maintain contact with the employer throughout the recruitment to ensure the referral of qualified applicants.

Employment Department services are paid by employer taxes, and are available at no additional cost to businesses. The value of the services that we provide each business, including the assignment of an Account Representative, screening, follow up, marketing, and interviewing space is estimated between $2,958 and $3,939 per recruitment.

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