Notes from Colleen’s Desk

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Popcorn Dreams Do Come True

By Codi Spodnik | November 13, 2019

This day had to come.  And it’s bittersweet. It is a first for me and despite my selfish desire to insist on just a few more days (I already played that card and got six additional weeks!); it’s time to say farewell and happy retirement to one of our very own. This week, Community Development […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Together We Accomplish More

By Codi Spodnik | October 30, 2019

Don’t you just love a good cliché? They turn up at just the opportune moment for conversation filler, usually falling flat and well,… as the definition goes, betraying a lack of original thought.  Or how about those irresistible motivational posters. For example, “TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More.” In the last seven days, SOREDI has received […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Sycamore Trees and Succession Planning

By Codi Spodnik | October 16, 2019

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Sycamore Trees and Succession Planning I have a 60-year-old giant of a friend who resides in the back yard of my childhood home. He is tall and stately. He’s weathered a few growth spurts, storms and seasons of change. My parents bought the home in 1962 and to the best of […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: To Recruit or Not Recruit

By Codi Spodnik | October 2, 2019

Predictably, we are frequently asked if we can share new companies or industries we are pursuing to bring to the area. Courting companies that are interested in Southern Oregon – and are a good fit for our region – has been a core function of SOREDI since we were established in 1987. In fact, it […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Yogi’s Milestone

By Codi Spodnik | September 18, 2019

There is a quiet and gentle giant thoughtfully working on behalf of SOREDI – but for the benefit of Southern Oregon businesses – hanging out most days in our northeast corner office with a clear view of the park. His name is Yogi. He responds heartily to lunch opportunities and loves a good doughnut. With […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Where’s Waldo?

By Codi Spodnik | September 4, 2019

Do you remember Where’s Waldo? There is a striking correleation between this 1987 illustrative creation and SOREDI. SOREDI’s former Executive Director Ron Fox frequently commented on how diverse the base of manufacturers in Southern Oregon has become over the last 40 years saying that “the breadth of manufacturing in our region is a mile wide, […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Lake Perspectives

By Colleen | 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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