Is Corvallis Business Friendly?

By Kyra Young

City Club LogoJust how friendly is Corvallis to business? On Monday, June 9, Corvallis City Club will host a panel on the subject at their monthly meeting; guests will include Tom Nelson, Skip Rung, and Jack Wolcott.

Nelson has managed the Corvallis Economic Development office since 2012 and is a graduate of Oregon State University. He had served seven years with the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department and four years as the economic development manager of the City of Sherwood, Oregon, before coming to Corvallis.

Wolcott is the owner and founder of Grass Roots Books and Music as well as the Corvallis Independent Business Alliance (CIBA), which builds support for local businesses.

Rung is the president and executive director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, which grows research volume and commercialization in the broad area of nano- and micro-scale science and engineering. Before this, Rung was the director of research and development at the Corvallis HP Campus.

City Club meets in the Les Schwab gym at the Boys and Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle Boulevard. Attendance is free; lunch costs $10 for members and $12 for non-members. To register, send an email to with “City Club June 9” in the subject line by Friday, June 6 and indicate if you will be having lunch.