A report on the economic impact of The Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe of Indians on Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties published in August, details the Tribe’s impact on local job employment, tax revenue and charitable donations for the year 2017.
The Portland based ECONorthwest completes economic analysis for organizations and businesses across the Northwest. Past reports were conducted in 2004, 2010 and 2015.
According to the report, the Tribe and their businesses employ 1,163 people, with the majority living in Douglas County while 14 live in Jackson County and 12 in Josephine County as of 2017. The report estimates that through Tribe’s business spending, they support another 700 jobs in Douglas County and 1,854 across the country.
“The numbers show that we are really interested in employment and that’s one of the main goals that we have,” said Michael Rondeau, the CEO for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. “The ripple effect is interesting on that as well, we have a high desire to work with local businesses.”
The Umpqua Indian Development Cooperation acts as the Tribe’s business division. Other businesses the Tribe owns and operates in the area include Seven Feathers Casino Resort, K-Bar Ranches, Nesika Health Group, Canyon Cubbyholes, Anvil Northwest, Takelma Roasting Company, Rivers West RV Park and Riverside Motel.
According to the 2004 ECONorthwest report, the Cow Creek Tribe, Seven Feathers Casino Resort and the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation donated a total of $1,010,666 to charities and nonprofits in Douglas County and $605,894 in neighboring counties for a total of $1,616,560.
The 2017 report listed total donations for that year at $1,972,252, with $687,529 going to causes in Douglas County, $312,498 in Jackson County and $99,245 in Josephine County.
The report also listed the number of people in the Tribe.
According to the 2017 report, the Tribe had 1,770 tribal members as of May, 2018. The majority of the Ttibal members live in Douglas County, but 26 of them live in Jackson County and 49 live in Josephine County.
The report states that $62.4 million in wages, salaries and benefits for residents in Douglas County can be attributed to the Tribe’s presence in Douglas County.
“We are very pleased with the results,” Rondeau said about the report. “And they’re pretty consistent with what we’re expecting and I think we’re always happy to see what an impact we make on our community.“