Notes from Colleen’s Desk

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Resolutions – Let’s Go Bowling!

By Codi Spodnik | January 1, 2020

Each January, there’s always a lot of talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Right? We can’t help ourselves, I suppose. We love fresh goals, fresh starts, and first frames. Top resolutions for most of us apparently continue to be to lose weight and get organized. And I will admit that both of those have crossed my […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Obstacles and Course Corrections

By Codi Spodnik | December 18, 2019

I have been thinking a lot lately about obstacles, change, resistance and course corrections. It may have something to do with the book “The Obstacle is the Way,” which was procured for me about 5 months ago, by one of our stellar partners and local businesses – Zeal. Thank you, Trever and Adam! The book […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Apple Butter Blessings

By Codi Spodnik | November 27, 2019

Each morning I roll out of my driveway and take a gander at one of the old apple trees that grace the front lawn. Most of the apples drop dutifully each year, by late October or early November, and I am scrambling to use them up or give them away. If they are not plucked […]

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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 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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