Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases July 1, 2019

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | June 7, 2019

Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2019, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $12.50 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.00 per hour in nonurban counties, and $11.25 in other areas of the state.Oregon’s three minimum wages will be in the top nine state-level minimum wages in the nation. The highest minimum wage will be in the

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Register Today to Brave the Temple of Doom at SOREDI’s Annual Meeting

By Codi Spodnik | June 5, 2019

You won’t want to miss our Rogue Adventure Annual Conference on June 27. Register today. There are still full tables available, giving you the best price, so that you can invite your clients, employees or friends along for your adventure. Over the past year, SOREDI has faced obstacles and challenges, dodged pitfalls and discovered treasure! […]

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2019 Oregon Wage Data

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | June 5, 2019

The 2019 version of the Oregon Employment Department’s annual summary of occupational wage information is now available. Thanks to survey responses from employers around the state, wage scales for over 700 job categories have been calculated. Regional wage information is also available; however, wages are published only for those occupations that meet certain criteria for statistical reliability.

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Community Gems: Hiking in Jacksonville, Discovering Britt Festivals

By Codi Spodnik | June 5, 2019

Did you know that Jacksonville has over forty-five miles of hiking trails—all kept up by volunteers? Or did you realize that when the Britt Festival began, it only featured classical music? Jacksonville is one of the most historic cities in Southern Oregon, and today, tourists visit from all across the country to delight in high-quality […]

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Two Southern Oregon Companies Join BUILT OREGON’s First Accelerator Cohort

By Alex Palmer | June 4, 2019

At SOREDI we’ve been really excited to partner with and support Built Oregon’s mission to make Oregon a center of excellence for consumer product innovation and growth. A key part of this mission is Built Oregon’s first accelerator program . Today, they announced the companies participating in the next cohort, which includes Southern Oregon companies, HEM […]

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July LAUNCH|Talk: Get Your Startup’s Products Off the Ground

By Codi Spodnik | May 31, 2019

This LAUNCH|Talk will feature a panel discussion to help you learn what it takes to be successful making and selling products right here in Southern Oregon. Join us at the amazing new CraterWorks Maker Space in Central Point. Our evening will include a tour of CraterWorks so that you can see for yourself that we […]

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April 2019 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | May 31, 2019

This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for April 2019. The release date is May 31, 2019. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank Link to full report (with expanded charts!) here. The Oregon Measure of Economic… Continue Reading

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Oregon’s Current Workforce Gaps

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 30, 2019

Oregon’s private employers had 58,000 job vacancies at any given time in 2018. They reported a majority of them (33,000 or 57%) as difficult to fill. In a mature economic expansion with unemployment rates at or near historic lows for two years, a lack of applicants posed the greatest challenge to businesses filling job vacancies.

Nine out of 10 difficult-to-fill job vacancies could be

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Notes from Colleen’s Desk: Gadgets & Change – the Impact of Technology

By Codi Spodnik | May 29, 2019

SOREDI has a consultant in town this week. We are ready to embark upon a new frontier, to discover the best vision and path forward for Southern Oregon as we develop our next 5-year regional and comprehensive economic development strategy. As our staff gathered this morning for an initial roundtable conversation with the consultants, they […]

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Be Thinking About Bend Venture Conference: July Application Deadline

By Alex Palmer | May 29, 2019

Bend Venture Conference in October might seem like a long way off, but applications for participating companies open in just over a month (on JULY 10th) so it’s definitely not too early to think about applying. If you’ve not attended BVC before, it’s the biggest venture conference in the entire Pacific Northwest. It not only […]

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