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8 The Sun, Wednesday, March 1, 1989 lesareup Wl eral prison Construction of the federal prison in Sheridan has resulted in increased revenue for some businesses in the West Valley. The economic impact has ranged from a little to 20 per- cent, according to area business owners. "We've seen some increase in sales," said Loren Goodman, owner of Sheridan's Coast-to-Coast. "I've no idea by how much, but business is up since construction of the prison started." Wayne Potter, Hi-Way Market, said there's been a marginal in- crease in his business, although he expects more to come later. "Hey, we're talking 350 jobs," Potter said. "That can't help but help the economic climate of the West Valley. And I think more locals have been hired than anyone realiz- es." Lori Collins, Sheridan Country Inn, said only one construction per- son has stayed at the inn. But, she added, there have been 20 FCI staff members and their families who have stayed at the inn while they looked for a house to either rent or buy. "Some have only stayed for a day or two, while others have gone house-hunting from here for any- thing from a week to over a month," Collins said. "They've definitely had a major economic impact on my busi- ness since the FCI staff started look- ing for places to live here in mid- October." cal businesses have seen some growth. And, according to several business people, this is only the be- ginning. As more local people fill po- sitions at the prison, and others transfer in, the local economy should keep on expanding. rlson movln area Warden George Killinger said Fri- "That is a hard question to an-tion to the transferees, any empio- "We'll have to wait six day that 46 of the approximately 100 swer," Killinger said when asked yees hired by the Bureau of Prisons see what impact the prison families the prison will transfer here where his staff are living. "Many fa- who come from outside the local area had on the housing have moved to the local area and that milies are still house hunting and will also be looking for housing and said. the transferees are locating in rough there's a privacy law against giving that there is a shortage of rentals. proportion to the 1986 environmental out specific names and addresses, Some prison staff will be here on an A report presented impact statement predictions, but it looks like things will be close to temporary basis and therefore are city council last week by February '86 statement." looking for rentals, bert, a Sheridan Those predictions anticipated 43 Killinger added that as of Feb. 12 Killinger also said it that it's too few homes have been sold families would locate in McMinnvil- about 14 families have located in the early to get a firm handle on the pri- County so far to federal le, 34 in Sheridan, 15 in Salem, 4 in Sheridan area. son*s impact on the local housing Her report listed only Willamina and 4 in Polk County. Killinger emphasized that in addi- market, sale had been closed. CACHECOUNTRY BONELESSWASTE FREE Zack Hebert,a Copeland Lumber employee, estimated that sales have increased by at least 20 percent. "Contractors come in and buy most- ly hardware," he said. But it's really hard to tell how much economic impact can be attri- buted to the construction of the prison. More than shows on the surface, apparently. "We've sold four people homes so far, so it's had an impact on me," said Dick Jordan, owner of Dick Jor- dan Farm Realty. "One of those I sold led to the seller, a local person, contracting with Jim Anderson for a new home to be built. And Jim's building a new home for someone transferring in with the prison," he added. Jordan said he believes that in- coming= "rank-and-file" prison em- ployees will buy still more homes. The new prison has generated sales of four or five lower-priced homes to local people who bought them as rentals for incoming personnel, according to Jordan. "They probably wouldn't have sold if people hadn't known that ren- tals will be needed," Jordan said, adding, "And I've had business property sales that were directly re- lated to the prison coming in." The favorite place to have lunch appears to be The Green Frog. Don- na Osborne said the construction workers and incoming prison person- nel have boosted their "lunch crowd" by at least 10 percent. "And that's a low estimate," she said. "The new prison has definitely had an impact on our business." Portland General Electric has made major improvements to serve the prison, a major new customer, according to Carol Dillin, spokesper- son for PGE. "We've had new residential and business hookups in the West Val- ley, but we don't really know how many," Dillin said. "And it would be next to impossible to know how many were caused by people moving from one residence to another. But we do have adequate resources to serve any business and/or residential growth in your area." Joe Chrisman, of Tuggle Chevro- let, said that he's delivered a "couple of federal figs," but that his overall business is up about S per- cent. "Any way you look at it, S percent is a pretty good chunk of business," Chrisman said. "And I'm encour- aged by the kind of people our new customers are. They're the kind that when you advertise you hope to get: excellent people." Although business may not be booming because of an influx of new money into the community, most 1o- line Mond y r Classified 843-2312 BONELESS WASTE FREE LB LB 1/4 PORK LOIN CUT INTO ?TEAKS & CHOPS $ LB BONELESS CENTER, SHOULDER LB CENTER CROSSRIBTIED LB DELl LAND-O-FROST WAFER THIN 2.50Z SLICED FULLY COOKED, READY TO EAT FRESH MEDIUM PINK COCKTAIL 10 OZ JAR READY TO EAT LB LB LB AUNT JEMIMA BLUEBERRY, BUTTERMILK, COUNTRYSTYLE 1OOZ JENNIE-O TURKEY WILSON CORN KING WESTERN FAMILY GORTON'S ORE IDA LEAN GROUND BEEF 3 LB PKG. 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