While logging issues took center stage, he touched upon trade issues, intellectual property, regulations, and the need for a "level playing field" for U.S. technology companies selling products and doing business overseas.
"This is high stakes stuff (especially) for this community," he said, noting the number of emerging technology companies in Corvallis. Wyden said it is important to promote innovation and nano technologies that are being created and perfected in Oregon.
Ron Loe, founder of Woodcastle Furniture in Corvallis and a Chamber of Commerce member, thanked Sen. Wyden and his staff for helping solve a potentially harmful regulatory issue effecting his company.
Representatives of NuScale, a Corvallis designer of a small, scalable nuclear devices, also complimented the Senator for his assistance with helping the firm secure a $226 million grant from the Department of Energy that will help in their research efforts and in growing the company.
Nevertheless, many of those in attendance were interested in environmental issues, such as logging and climate change.For more information on Sen. Wyden's wide ranging conversation, visit: