Rising Economic Development Star of the Week: Amy Jauron
July 6, 2015
Amy Jauron, 26, is an Economic Development Officer at the City of Corvallis Benton County. DCI is pleased to honor her as a winner of our 40 Under 40 awards — the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession. Amy is also the youngest 40 Under 40 winner in DCI’s history.
Since starting in 2013, Amy has worked to establish and lead a new Business Retention and Expansion program for the Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office. Within her first year, she was able to launch a program focused on supporting the traded sector in Benton County. In just under 11 months, she performed over 150 new company visits and over 300 follow-on visits. She also worked on creating strategic statewide efforts related to marketing, food processing, unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced manufacturing, workforce and young professional network development.
Amy was able to pilot an effort under the Team Oregon umbrella known as The Oregon Economic Development Association. This organization strives to bring emerging food businesses to Natural Products Expo West, one of the largest food trade shows in the country. The organization is a coalition of Business Oregon and multiple local and regional economic development organizations in the state, including Corvallis Benton County EDO. Amy undertook and managed a booth-share program in which food businesses applied and were selected to have space in a premier location at a reduced cost. From over 20 applications, they were able to send six Oregon companies to NPE West in 2014 and saved over $50,000 in booth expenses for those companies. As a result, the businesses were able to make great connections, meet new customers and network with fellow food entrepreneurs while Team Oregon and Corvallis Benton County were able to market the region as a great place to start a food business.
Amy previously worked with Yamhill County, Oregon as an Economic Development Marketing Manager. During that time she lead a program called “Yamhill-Carlton Works,” a partnership program focused on educating high school students about the great opportunities within manufacturing. The primary focus of this effort was to highlight the incredible opportunities within local manufacturing firms, thereby beginning to address the skilled-labor gap issue locally. The project even brought company representatives into the classroom and students into professional shop-floors.
What’s your passion for places?
I have a zeal for discovering the world and integrating the amazing things I see into my home. Traveling is a lesson as well as an opportunity. I come away from every place and foreign experience with something new that can be incorporated into my work in Oregon. To me, there is a distinct difference between “travelling” and “vacationing.” One is difficult and will test your limits; the other is for recuperation and relaxation. At this point in my life, I am solely focused on traveling.
What have you learned so far in your career?
The most powerful lesson I have learned in my career is to let your work speak for itself. If you are giving it your all, people will begin to take notice. Organic praise and appreciation is far more important to me than self-interested promotion. I have also learned that there is a fine line young professionals need to walk. While there is definitely an appreciation for fresh perspectives and energy, we need to beware of becoming overly confident and forgetting how much we do not know and still have left to learn.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
As long as wherever I am and whatever I’m doing is making me happy, challenged, and whole, I will consider myself successful. Professionally speaking, I would like to have graduated with an advanced degree in business or law and be managing an effective program and employees in a metropolitan area. Personally, I would like to continue my exploration of the world and realize my life-long goal of living abroad. Dare I say- I see myself living somewhere warm and ruling the world.
About Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office
Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office is dedicated to helping businesses find resources they need to be successful in Corvallis-Benton County whether they are starting, growing, or re-locating. The organization fosters connections to enhance entrepreneurship, a culture of innovation and a positive business climate, enabling them to grow the traded sector job base, maintain quality of life and enjoy the natural beauty that the region offers. To learn more visit http://yescorvallis.org/.