Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Tekmanagement

By SOREDI | September 19, 2019

Tech Support for Community After years of running the “corporate rat-race” down in the San Francisco Bay area, Scott Christopherson was ready for a change of pace. A visit to Southern Oregon to see a friend became a pivotal moment in Scott’s future; he decided to quit his corporate job and move his family north. […]

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GET REAL! SOREDI Hosts 2019 Manufacturing Summit

By Codi Spodnik | September 18, 2019

SOREDI is pleased to announce it will again host the Manufacturing Summit at the Table Rock Campus of Rogue Community College in White City on Friday, September 27. Registration begins at 7:30 am, with the program beginning at 8 am. The program will conclude by 2 pm, when RCC will conduct an optional tour of […]

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Community Gems: Bear Creek & the Greenway

By Codi Spodnik | September 18, 2019

Bear Creek, which starts at the merging of Emigrant and Neil Creeks, and ends at the base of the Lower Table Rock, runs through the center of the Rogue Valley and was first known by Native American Tribes as Si-ku-pat, meaning ‘dirty water.’ The creek received its English name in 1851 after a group of […]

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SOREDI Tops $20 Million Lent Milestone with Gap Financing Program

By Codi Spodnik | September 18, 2019

SOREDI is thrilled to report it has topped a significant milestone in its 32-year history as the region’s economic development agency, surpassing $20 million lent to expanding businesses in Southern Oregon via its Business Development Loan Fund. Since its inception SOREDI’s loan portfolio has now generated 243 loans totaling more than $20 million lent and […]

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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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Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.0 Percent in August

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | September 17, 2019

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in August, the same as in June and July. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during each of the most recent three months of June, July, and August.

Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 34 consecutive months dating back to November 2016. This sustained stretch of low unemployment is unprecedented in

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Earn While You Learn in a High-Wage, High-Demand Job with Apprenticeship Training

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | September 13, 2019

Not interested in going to college? Do you like learning in a hands-on environment while earning money at the same time? An apprenticeship might be a great training opportunity for you.

But how do you decide which apprenticeship program to pursue? Some things to consider when you are contemplating career choices are whether there will likely be job openings available once you complete your

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New Local Incubator / Accelerator Cohort Starting Sept 19th.

By Alex Palmer | September 12, 2019

If you are start-up or entrepreneur looking for help in scaling your company we’re starting an incubator / accelerator cohort starting SEPT 19th. This is the second time that we’ll be running this in partnership with the well proven VIP Program run by OTBC in Beaverton. But in addition to the virtual programming provided by […]

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Oregon’s Multiple Jobholders in 2018

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | September 10, 2019

In 2018, 110,000 Oregonians held more than one job in addition to their primary job and were considered to be multiple jobholders. The multiple-jobholding rate – the proportion of multiple jobholders among all employed workers 16 years and older – was 5.5 percent, which was above the U.S. rate of 5.0 percent. Oregon’s multiple-jobholding rate reached a recent high of 6.7 percent in 2012, and was

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Ag Of The Middle Accelerator Accepting New Applications.

By Alex Palmer | September 10, 2019

Republished thanks to Eugene’s Table. Ecotrust is now accepting applications for the next cohort of the Ag of the Middle Accelerator Program. Participants accepted into this two-year program (2019-2021) will receive hands-on, capacity-building and business development training. The program is designed to cultivate a thriving cohort of mid-sized, independent farms, ranches, and fishing operations in […]

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