Newport anticipates NOAA boost

With the NOAA fleet on its way, Newport expects economic boosts to extend well beyond the 175 anticipated new jobs.

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Restaurants, grocery stores, and welders are anticipating increases in business from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet as it moves from Seattle to Oregon.

The town expects up to 175 family-wage jobs and an annual $20 million economic benefit for Newport.

There’s expected to be so much work for local contractors that Lincoln County is teaming up with Oregon Coast Community College to offer workshops for local businesses about how to attain the proper certifications to do jobs for the federal government, county Commissioner Don Lindly said.

While those economic impacts are certain, others are a little more fuzzy. Some employees will have the option to remain in Seattle, and those who work on the ships may live wherever they choose, so it’s unclear how many people will actually relocate to Newport. That’s why area real estate agents’ optimism is cautious, for now.

Read more at the Register-Guard.