Bud Tender: An Emerging Occupation in Oregon

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 15, 2016

Marijuana dispensaries are the storefront of the marijuana industry, and the occupation most common in those establishments is a cannabis dispensary technician, also known as a “bud tender.” Those are the people who stand behind the counter with a dizzying array of cannabis flower varieties that are available for sale.According to dispensary owners, at the […]

Read More

Central Oregon Business Index 1Q2016

By Tim Duy | May 15, 2016

The University of Oregon Central Oregon Business Index was released today. Thanks to The Bulletin for support of this project. The regional economy started 2016 on a strong note. The Central Oregon Business Index rose to 137.7 (1998=100) in the fourth quarter compared to a 135.9 (revised) in the final quarter of last year. Component […]

Read More

March 2016 Oregon Regional Indicators

By Tim Duy | May 11, 2016

The March 2016 State of Oregon Regional Economic Indexes of was released today. Full report is available here. We thank KeyBank for their generous support of this project. Oregon’s major metro regions continued to power forward in March. Highlights of the report include: The measures for all regions indicate above average growth (both the March […]

Read More

Start Ups – Bend Outdoor Worx Opens Applications for New Session

By SOREDI | May 11, 2016

If you have questions please contact SOREDI’s Tim Root For Immediate Release Media Contact: Gary Bracelin,, 541-815-9409 Bend, OR (March 28, 2016)—Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), Central Oregon’s outdoor industry accelerator, announced today that they have opened applications for participants for their summer cohort. BOW will choose three start up outdoor companies to take part […]

Read More

SOREDI Announces New Executive Director

By SOREDI | May 11, 2016

SOREDI is Pleased to Announce Colleen Padilla will Assume Executive Director Role on May 31, 2016 Medford, OR. – May 11, 2016: Concluding an extensive 3-month search process, the SOREDI Executive Director Search Committee and SOREDI Board of Directors is proud to announce that they have chosen Colleen Padilla as the new Executive Director for SOREDI. […]

Read More

Oregon’s Business Establishments on a One-Mile Grid

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 9, 2016

Employer establishment addresses from Oregon’s 2014 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data were geo-coded into a grid of one square mile sections. The state grid consists of 97,790 individual square mile sections. Each blue section represents one square mile that had at least one establishment. All of Oregon’s 141,000 establishments were located in […]

Read More

Top 15 Skills Employers Look for in Job Applicants

By Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department | May 5, 2016

Regardless of whether you have a bachelor’s degree or just graduated from high school, the top 15 skills employers seek for high-skill, medium-skill and low-skill occupations are similar according to estimates based on O*NET data. For the purposes of this analysis, high-skill occupations are occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral or a […]

Read More

Airport Transportation Prosper Talk May 13th

By SOREDI | May 5, 2016

SOREDI is coordinating quarterly Prosper Talks to bring interested parties together around key topics Medford, OR. – May 5, 2016: Are you curious to learn about air transportation in Southern Oregon? Air transportation has been identified as a topic of interest for our local businesses. SOREDI is coordinating quarterly Prosper Talks to bring interested parties […]

Read More

Annual Meeting The Prize is Right! Update

By SOREDI | May 4, 2016

Come on down to the SOREDI annual meeting where “The Prize is Right!” Living in Southern Oregon is a prize in itself, but we are also celebrating the many prized companies based in Southern Oregon. Register by May 11 and receive 30 raffle tickets! SOREDI’s annual meeting and dinner, sponsored by Banner Bank, will be […]

Read More

SOREDI Supports RVTD Measure 15-141

By SOREDI | May 4, 2016

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) Board of Directors urges area voters to support the Rogue Valley Transit District’s Measure 15-141 on the May ballot.  We need consistent and sustained public transit services to support the growth of our local economy and the jobs offered by expanding businesses. The increased transit services proposed under […]

Read More

Keep up with the latest news from SOREDI. Sign up with your email address to receive updates.

Next Events

LAUNCH|Talk: Winter Pitchfest!

December 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


SOREDI provided the necessary gap financing that made our project work. Everything came together in short order allowing us to expand our facility and capacities,...

Don and Lynn Roemer, Owners
Cascade Metal Recycling, Grants Pass

Read More

Sustaining & Executive Underwriters