Notes from Colleen’s Desk

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Lake Perspectives

By carrie | August 21, 2019

Sometimes we just need to retreat. For the entire day. Outside. Last week the SOREDI team enjoyed a relaxing staff retreat at Crater Lake. In times past, we have gathered for more strategic in-office round-table affairs, and then more recently we opted to raft the Rogue River and experience a bit of an adrenaline rush […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: You’ve Got Something to Say!

By Codi Spodnik | August 7, 2019

We all love to be in the know and we all love to have our say, right? You know it’s true. So here is an opportunity for you to do both! You can be in the know about our current efforts to update our Comprehensive Economic Develop Strategy (CEDS) and have your say. It’s a two-for-one. […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Trail Junctions

By Codi Spodnik | July 24, 2019

Some of you may know my trail name here in the SOREDI office is “Spur.” It was aptly given me by a staff member a few years ago after a staff retreat. We had drawn names and been given the assignment to give another staff member a trail name based on a variety of inputs […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Lessons in the Garden

By Codi Spodnik | July 10, 2019

I’ve been spending a bit of time in the garden lately – planting, watering, and of course, weeding. A lot of weeding! No doubt, there are a lot of lessons to be learned in the garden about effectively cultivating the soil, nurturing the young and tender seedlings, and relentlessly pulling out every weed that threatens […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Loans, Leverage and Losses

By Codi Spodnik | June 12, 2019

This year marks the 25th year that SOREDI has managed a Business Development Loan Program, thanks in large part to seed funds provided by the EDA and USDA. As the region’s federally appointed Economic Development District, we are established as a gap financer. Our job as such is to help eligible credit-worthy clients attain the financing […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Gadgets & Change – the Impact of Technology

By Codi Spodnik | May 29, 2019

SOREDI has a consultant in town this week. We are ready to embark upon a new frontier, to discover the best vision and path forward for Southern Oregon as we develop our next 5-year regional and comprehensive economic development strategy. As our staff gathered this morning for an initial roundtable conversation with the consultants, they […]

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Notes From Colleen’s Desk: Rogue Adventure, 32nd Annual Meeting

By Codi Spodnik | May 1, 2019

Time really does fly when you are on a great adventure! This year at SOREDI has been full of many roguediculous moments, pivotal action steps, and adventure as we’ve pursued greater things for the good of our Southern Oregon business community and every citizen. We can’t wait to tell you more! So we are pleased to announce […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: The Common Denominator

By Codi Spodnik | April 17, 2019

You may be wondering what drives the initiatives we take on at SOREDI.  Initiatives like our long-standing and award-winning Industry Tours, our Southern Oregon Edge business profiles, the annual Rogue Tech Collective Tech Tour, and SOREDI Quest, were all initiated by SOREDI in the last decade. While we do love to create and implement relevant […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Enterprise Zones – What’s it Worth to You? $403 Million?

By Codi Spodnik | April 3, 2019

When communities offer large cash incentives to entice a company to relocate, a lot of buzz starts up in the news. New York and Texas may come to mind. We’re a little different in Oregon. The State of Oregon does not offer cash incentives, rather, our primary incentive is property tax abatement. Only traded sector […]

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Save the Date: Rogue Adventure – SOREDI’s 32nd Annual Meeting

By Codi Spodnik | March 27, 2019

Join us in our quest for a shared vision to make Southern Oregon the most business-friendly region on the West Coast! You will identify the hidden jewels throughout our region and compete for valuable rewards! We will share the treks we’ve taken, the obstacles we’ve overcome and expeditions we have planned for the future! Mark […]

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SOREDI is an invaluable asset in Southern Oregon. Without SOREDI, First Call Resolution would not have located in Grants Pass and currently employ 200 people...

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