2015 Southern Oregon Business Conference

High Tech—Southern Oregon’s Edge

Did you know that Medford MSA ranked Number 1 in the nation for the highest concentration of high tech firms in the country?(*ranked by the 2013 Milken Institute Best Performing Small Cities report) 
Were you aware that the Medford MSA ranked Number 12 in High Tech GDP growth (2007-2012) out of 179 similarly sized communities in the nation?  
This year’s Business Conference features guest presenter, Minoli Ratnatunga, economist and co-author of the Milken Institute’s annual “Best Performing Cities” report.  The Milken Institute is among the top “think tanks” in the country that conducts in-depth research, hosts conferences, and publishes strategic studies.   Medford is honored to be among the very first to have the 2014 report unveiled.

Joining Minoli will be Dr. Tim Duy, adjunct professor of economics at the University of Oregon and director of the Oregon Economic Forum.   Dr. Duy is also author of the quarterly Regional Economic Index which he authors on behalf of KeyBank, the Business Conference’s Presenting Sponsor.  Dr. Duy will provide solid data behind Oregon’s economic rebound in 2014—and beyond.
We have brought together yet another stellar panel of local companies—high tech firms that are enjoying tremendous growth and success--Coding Zeal, an app developer and designer of web and mobile products; Carestream, a worldwide provider of medical and dental imaging systems and IT solutions; and Linx Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of wireless products.  These three firms represent just a sampling of the variety of high tech firms spread throughout the Rogue Valley.   
When:  Thursday, January 29, 2015
Registration:  Opens at 1:30 PM
Program:  2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where:  Inn at the Commons
              200 N Riverside Avenue
              Medford, Oregon 97501
Register for the Southern Oregon Business Conference here
SOREDI Members: $40  General Public: $50

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Presenting Sponsor



KDP Certified Public Accountants, LLP

“A Kosmatka, Donnelly, and Piels Company”

Media Sponsors:
The Mail Tribune/Ashland Daily Tidings  and  KDRV-12


Thank you for visiting Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. We are Southern Oregon's go-to resource for companies seeking to locate, expand, and grow in a thriving region known for its business and balance.
This is our Southern Oregon Edge!


You may have arrived here wondering how your business can also find its home in this beautiful region nestled in the foothills of lush forests and in an amazing valley that is not only growing a variety of amazing pears, grapes, and more, but an outstanding mix of innovative companies and professionals that love being here. We are here to help you discover that pathway with complimentary business services to new, expanding, and start up companies. SOREDI is a non-profit agency that is supported by private and public membership. We were established in 1987.

We like to say that SOREDI is so ready to help business prosper. We look forward to helping your business prosper as well. Please call our friendly office today to discuss your project and how you can receive the professional and confidential economic development services you need to make your dream a reality. (541) 773-8946.

What kind of assistance is available to you?
  • We can help you locate suitable facilities and properties, in partnership with our local broker/developer network, in any one of our 13 communities. We serve all of Jackson and Josephine Counties.
  • We can help you identify the costs of doing business applicable to your need - utility rates, workers' compensation rates, wages, taxes, and more.
  • We can introduce you to other thriving businesses in the region so that you can hear their Southern Oregon Edge and reasons for being located in the greater Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.
  • We can tailor a regional tour to suit your interests so that you can see and experience first-hand the cultural, recreational and business benefits of being located here.
  • We can plug you in to an extensive network of other local agencies, non-profits, and partners that are equally passionate about helping our regional business community.
  • We can find applicable incentives and financial resources to complement all the intangible benefits your business will realize by locating in Southern Oregon.

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Thanks to our members, we at SOREDI (Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.) are able to offer business assistance, expansion, and relocation services at no charge to our clients. If you own a company and are ready to grow to the next stage, SOREDI can connect you with the resources that you need.

As a private non-profit organization serving Jackson and Josephine Counties since 1987, we represent more than 100 private companies, public utilities, and local governments. SOREDI exists to help business create and sustain good jobs and diversify the economy of Southern Oregon.

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