Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Changing our Tune

By Codi Spodnik | February 11, 2020

I grew up learning how to play the piano. Every Tuesday, I would dutifully walk about half a mile up the road, along the pear orchard (which is now a vineyard), to my 30-minute piano lesson. No doubt, it was a sacrificial labor of love and investment for my parents at $2.50 each lesson.  The […]

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Board Profile: Michael Lynch

By Codi Spodnik | January 29, 2020

Michael Lynch has lived in Southern Oregon since 2002, when he transferred from his Moss Adams office in Astoria and headed south. Currently, he and his wife, Susan, have five children and ten grandchildren who live all over the Pacific Northwest, in cities including Portland, Astoria, Salem, and Tacoma. Aside from SOREDI board involvement, Michael […]

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: More Than Just a Field Trip

By Codi Spodnik | January 29, 2020

A few weeks ago, SOREDI facilitated its first Industry Tour of 2020. With 24 guests on board, educators  (Kevin Campbell, Eagle Point High School pictured) and SOREDI members alike, we learned  first hand about a few business nuggets in the Medford and White City area. While these tours are familiar to SOREDI – our first […]

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Board Profile: Terri Coppersmith

By Codi Spodnik | January 15, 2020

Terri Coppersmith, a visionary executive officer with extensive experience in financial leadership, has lived in the beautiful Rogue Valley since 2003. After working for the Western Energy Institute in Portland, Oregon, she moved to the Southern part of the state to become the Vice President of Finance for Plexis Healthcare Systems. In addition to her […]

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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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Community Gems: White City

By Codi Spodnik | January 8, 2020

Imagine that it’s year 1942, and you can hear the footsteps of hundreds of soldiers hiking up and down the hills and valleys of the rural Rogue Valley land. Camp White, which has concrete bunkers still standing today, is one of the historic parts of Jackson County belonging to a non-incorporated town—White City. Home to […]

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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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Amy Browne Joins SOREDI as Business Development Manager

By Codi Spodnik | December 26, 2019

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce that Amy Browne will be joining the Business Development team at SOREDI. Amy will be on board effective January 2, 2020. Browne is a Southern Oregon Native that is passionate about community, family and helping others.  Amy brings 23 years of customer service, team […]

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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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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...

John Stadter, President
First Call Resolution, Grants Pass

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