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Governor's 'Oregon Way' Group Will Guide Stimulus Distribution

The Governor's getting close to naming the advisory group that will guide Oregon's share of the federal stimulus package. April Baer reports.

Governor Kulongoski's office says it's likely that Oregon Way will take shape by the end of the month.

This group, drawn from both public and private sectors, will steer projects toward the new federal funding.  One goal will be to gain an edge for Oregon as states compete for $37 billion in grants.

Congressmen Kurt Schrader and Earl Blumenauer were asked at a Clackamas County business forum whether the state will be well served by the Oregon Way model.

Some states appointed special stimulus czars to handle the complex task of matching money with suitable projects.

Schrader said he's not worried, and pointed to a legislative review in recent years that might help guide the work of Oregon Way.

Blumenauer also said he doesn't think Oregon needs an executive to make the most of the stimulus. He thinks the state's already done enough work on green energy to start well ahead of the curve.

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