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Codi Spodnik Returns to SOREDI as Communications Manager

By SOREDI | July 14, 2016

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce the return of Codi Spodnik as the agency’s Communications Manager. Between 2010 and 2014, Spodnik served as Communications & Marketing Manager under the previous Executive Director, Ron Fox. Spodnik’s return streamlines some communication functions under the new Executive Director, Colleen Padilla. Padilla says, “I […]

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Distilling in Oregon: A Small, Yet Growing Component of the State’s Craft Beverage Industry

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 13, 2016

When talking about Oregon’s craft beverage industry the conversation typically turns to the myriad of breweries and wineries dispersed across the state. This is for good reason as Oregon is a leader in the craft brewing industry and home to world-class wines. However, distilled beverages are often overlooked. These businesses specializing in the production of […]

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Higher Sales and Wages in Male-Owned Firms

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 12, 2016

In 2012, the U.S. Census estimates Oregon had 339,000 firms. Of these, 331,000 were classifiable by gender, ethnicity, or race. Men owned half of these firms, while women owned 37 percent, and equally male/female owned businesses made up 13 percent of the total.Although men’s firm ownership share was proportionate with the state’s population (50%), male-owned […]

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Oregon’s Income is Less Dependent on Earnings, More on Benefits

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 12, 2016

The largest source of total personal income for Oregon residents is earnings (60%), followed by transfer receipts (21%), and dividends, interest, and rent (19%). In other words, for every $100 of income that accrued to Oregonians in 2015, $60.50 was derived from earnings, $20.60 from transfer receipts, and $18.90 from investment income.Oregon’s per capita personal […]

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CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) Expands to Medford

By SOREDI | July 12, 2016

25-40 Customer Service Positions Created Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) is pleased to announce that CARS, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, has opened a customer service center in downtown Medford at 344 North Bartlett near the Lithia Commons. Founded in 2003 as a company of just a few employees accepting around […]

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SOREDI Welcomes New Board Members

By SOREDI | July 7, 2016

Medford, Oregon – To begin the new fiscal year, SOREDI welcomes five prominent members of the business community to its Board of Directors. Formed as a partnership between private-sector businesses and public-sector jurisdictions, this addition strengthens the ties that support our efforts in job creation in Southern Oregon. Greg Aldridge is the Executive Director of […]

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Oregon Employers Had 48,000 Job Vacancies This Spring

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | July 6, 2016

Oregon businesses reported 47,600 vacancies in spring 2016. That’s an increase of 6,400 from winter, but 5,700 fewer job vacancies than the all-time high of 53,300 in spring 2015.Oregon’s construction industry, which has shown impressive job growth recently, reported 4,700 job vacancies this spring. That marks an increase of 1,000 from the prior year, and […]

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Southern Oregon Edge Profile: Plexis Healthcare Systems

By SOREDI | July 5, 2016

Empowering the Technology of Healthcare ASHLAND, OR – Headquartered in Southern Oregon, PLEXIS delivers enterprise core healthcare administration and claims management solutions to employer groups and healthcare payers throughout the United States and 15 countries, affecting over 70 million people worldwide. “At PLEXIS, our guiding mission is to create positive and meaningful change within the healthcare […]

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2016 Oregon Economic Forum

By Tim Duy | July 4, 2016

What’s Next After the Election? Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Portland Art Museum Doors open at 7am for breakfast Registration coming soon! Join us for the 13th Annual Oregon Economic Forum where we will explore the aftermath of another brutal election cycle and what it means for the economy. We have invited a special guest, Stan […]

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May 2016 State of Oregon Economic Indicators

By Tim Duy | July 4, 2016

The May 2016 State of Oregon Economic Indexes of was released today. Full report is available here. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Oregon continues to grow at a pace similar to that of prior expansions. Highlights of this month’s report include: The Oregon measure of economic activity slipped to 0.62, […]

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