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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Brill Metal Works

Growing on a Dream in Southern Oregon You might wonder what Brill produces. But perhaps a better question is what don’t they produce? In the world of metal manufacturing, Brill […]

Characteristics of Job Vacancies in 2020

Employers reported 44,400 job openings at any given time in 2020. This is a decrease of 22% from the 2019 level of vacancies. 2020 was not a typical year for Oregon businesses, yet many of the characteristics Oregon employers were looking for didn’t change much during the pandemic recession. A typical job vacancy tends to be for a full-time, permanent position. About one-third require education

Characteristics of Job Vacancies in 2020

Employers reported 44,400 job openings at any given time in 2020. This is a decrease of 22% from the 2019 level of vacancies. 2020 was not a typical year for Oregon businesses, yet many of the characteristics Oregon employers were looking for didn’t change much during the pandemic recession. A typical job vacancy tends to be for a full-time, permanent position. About one-third require education

Community Gems: A Tour of the Past

Most Southern Oregon residents know Jacksonville was a gold rush town, but there’s a lot of its history that may be less familiar. For instance, how many know that poverty […]

African Americans in Oregon: A Labor Market Perspective

According to the Oregon Encyclopedia, “Oregon's racial makeup has been shaped by three black exclusion laws that were in place during much of the region's early history. These laws, all later rescinded, largely succeeded in their aim of discouraging free blacks from settling in Oregon early on, ensuring that Oregon would develop as primarily white.” Though only a small share of the state’s

Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Taking Time to Smell the Roses

I was feeling a little weary over the last weekend – which is really a bummer when it also lands on a 3-day weekend.  On what was a perfectly fabulous […]

Multi-Modal: Transportation and Warehousing in Oregon

The transportation and warehousing sector includes many modes of travel, in addition to the mail and deliveries that come to our doors. During the pandemic recession, years of gains in some types of transportation were reversed, as staying home became the norm. At the same time, the pandemic intensified what was already an increasing reliance on deliveries and the distribution system that

December 2020 Regional Economic Indicators

Good morning.  Below is the University of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes for December 2020. The release date is February 12, 2021. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Full report here with charts! Oregon Regional Economic Indicators:… Continue Reading

Community Gems: It’s the Climate

How many Southern Oregon residents know that Grants Pass volunteers built their own community park? Or how many have heard of Alley Activation, a program designed to beautify the city’s […]

SOREDI to facilitate regional business trainings

SOREDI has been awarded funds from Local Initiatives Support Corp (LISC), a national organization that strives to catalyze opportunity for communities. With this funding, SOREDI will engage with local partners […]