Oregon State University's impact on the mid-Willamette Valley economy will be the focus when OSU President Ed Ray addresses the City Club of Corvallis at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 11.
Ray, an economist by training, came to OSU in 2003 and is the longest-serving president in the Oregon University System.
Among the points Ray will raise are the following:
• OSU earned $252 million in grants and contracts in FY2009, up more than $100 million since 2003, leading to jobs and spending on goods and services.
• At least 22 companies - from young startups to direct spinoffs, many in the mid-Willamette Valley - have leveraged OSU technologies in the last five years.
• OSU graduates and students work with local companies, from the vaccine pioneer Siga Technologies to Life Microsystems, Inpria and Precision Plant Systems.
Ray will emphasize that higher education is one of the region's largest employers and an engine of new products and services.
The Corvallis City Club meets in the First Presbyterian Church, 114 S.W. Eighth St., starting at 11:45 am. Lunch and speakers will be followed by discussion at the tables and questions presented to the speaker. The meeting ends at 1:30 pm.
Corvallis City Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding community dialogue and is sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition. The talk and discussion are open to members of the public. First-time attendees and City Club members are free; nonmembers attend for $5.
Registration is recommended (www.cityclubofcorvallis.org); walk-ins are welcome for the talk and the discussion. An optional buffet lunch is available for $10, with registration.