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January gives region's hotel owners a shot in the arm

Southern Oregon exceeded statewide and national lodging figures when it came to room revenue and demand gains during January.

The latest figures from Smith Travel Research of Hendersonville, Tenn., show hotel and innkeepers came out of the blocks in 2014 with a head of steam.

Room revenue grew 11.4 percent over January 2013 to more than $6.7 million, while statewide growth was 10.6 percent and just 6.3 percent nationally.

Room demand here jumped 6.3 percent, compared to 5.8 percent statewide and 3.3 percent nationally. Revenue per available room jumped 12.3 percent here, bettering the 10.9 percent statewide mark and exceeding the 5.3 percent national figure.

The average local room rate of $71.87 — relatively moderate compared to most parts of Oregon — edged up 4.8 percent, while the statewide average crept up 4.5 percent to $89.15. The national average room rate of $109.24 during January was up 2.9 percent.

Local occupancy climbed 7.1 percent to 37 percent of full house, while the Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge area, hit hard by a lack of snow, declined 3.4 percent.

Occupancy grew 6.1 percent in Oregon and 2.9 percent nationally.

D&S Harley-Davidson of Phoenix has received a Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Silver Bar & Shield Circle of Achievement award for 2013.

D&S Harley-Davidson — the only authorized Harley-Davidson dealership between Eugene and Redding, Calif. — earned the award for the West Region based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer evaluations and operational measures.

It places the local shop in the top 50 among more than 600 dealerships in the United States.

The store, at 3846 S. Pacific Hwy., is a family affair. Dick and Marie Martin launched the business in Central Point during 1971. They moved the operation to Phoenix in 1975. Their three daughters — Terrie Martin, Sandy Unruh and Kim O'Toole — have since moved into ownership roles.

D&S has received Bar & Shield awards in the past, but this is the first medal. In 2004, the dealership became the first in the nation to receive Harley-Davidson Motor Company's Community Service Award.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes to boost advanced high-tech manufacturing, with the eventual goal of creating jobs that have been lost to global competition.

As part of his year-old promise to expand public-private manufacturing partnerships across the country, Obama announced a new center in his hometown of Chicago, concentrating on high-tech digital manufacturing and design. The other new hub will be located in Canton, Mich., outside Detroit, and specialize in light metal manufacturing.

Compiled from staff and wire reports