Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Rentec Direct

By SOREDI | January 9, 2020

Serving Up Innovation in Southern Oregon Every day at Rentec Direct, the staff take time for a little friendly competition. Somedays it’s a foosball tournament. Or maybe corn hole. Ping-pong, anyone? Rentec Direct, a property management software company that provides online portals for both landlords and tenants, also believes in having fun. Nathan Miller, the […]

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SOREDI Board Profile: Steve Vincent, President

By Codi Spodnik | January 8, 2020

Steve Vincent: Steve Vincent, the Oregon Regional Business Manager for Avista Utilities, has no free time—but if he did, he would like to fish and learn more about rural Oregon’s history. A fifth generation native of Jackson County, and the president of the SOREDI Board, Steve also serves on the SOU Board of Trustees, Earth […]

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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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Community Gems: Butte Falls

By Codi Spodnik | December 24, 2019

We all see signs and ads for upcoming projects and productions day after day after day. But when’s the last time you heard about local news—the new and exciting “coming soon” announcements for small towns? Butte Falls, with a population of 435 and a thick forest separating it from the rest of its neighboring cities, […]

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SOBC 2020: Mission: One Rogue Valley

By Codi Spodnik | December 18, 2019

Join us for our 17th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference Mission: One Rogue Valley.  On Thursday, January 30, from 1:30 – 5:00 pm, SOREDI will be sharing pertinent information regarding the future of building a prosperous Southern Oregon. Recently, thanks to the financial support and participation of hundreds of stakeholders, SOREDI, enlisted the services of […]

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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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Community Gems: Christmas & Dragons in Jacksonville

By Codi Spodnik | December 11, 2019

Jacksonville has many annual traditions: the Britt Festival, the city-wide yard-sale, the frequent trolley tours, and even the haunted walks leading up to Halloween. However, several spectacular winter events often get overlooked, such as the Victorian Christmas and the Chinese New Year celebrations. During the last weekend of November, Jacksonville puts on a Victorian Christmas […]

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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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Winter PitchFest: Dec 5 LAUNCH|Talk

By Codi Spodnik | November 20, 2019

Help us celebrate the end of 2019 by attending our Winter PitchFest on December 5th in Grants Pass! We’ll feature pitches from four of the regions most promising start-ups that have been part of our Launch initiative and the Virtual Incubator Program over the past few months. The companies pitching are: For Bitter For Worse: Creators […]

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Community Gems: Welcome to Medford!

By Codi Spodnik | November 20, 2019

If you take I-5 exits 27 or 30, you will find yourself in the seat of Jackson County, the largest town in the Rogue Valley and the fourth largest city in the state. This city, home to nearly 81,000 residents and filled with plenty of growing industries, is…you guessed it—Medford! Incorporated in 1885, and increasing […]

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