Found in the center of Eagle Point the Antelope Creek Bridge is a 54 foot covered bridge crossing over Little Butte Creek. It is one of only 50 covered bridges built in Oregon that was built to handle vehicles. It is now used as a foot bridge and is also the location of the veteran’s…

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by Guy Tauer From the 30,000 foot view of our job and labor market, 2018 will go down as another year in the Rogue Valley’s long recovery from the Great Recession that saw continued job growth, low unemployment rates, and continued, but slowing expansion of the region’s civilian labor force. Jackson County’s annual average unemployment…

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Last year, nationally, more than half of American workers left 705 million vacation days unused—up from 662 in 2017. Nearly 10,000 of those days were left on the table by Oregonians. That’s why the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is participating in National Plan Your Vacation Day on January 29. The event, promoted by The…

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Strategy is a tool whose purpose is the realization of leadership’s intentions. Having a Strategy is good. However, a strategy created and placed on the shelf until the next planning cycle is simply a waste of time. To have value, strategy must be operationalized throughout the enterprise. There is an old saying “Strategy without Tactics…

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by Timothy D. Carkin, CAIA, CMT Senior Vice President Opportunity Zones: Walk, Don’t Run Opportunity zones have become a trending topic in financial circles of late and we are taking a “walk, don’t run” approach when reviewing the space. What Is an Opportunity Zone? For years, legislators have tried different programs to encourage economic development…

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COOS BAY, OR – The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce believes that great education and a great economy go hand in hand. Thriving businesses support a healthy education, and graduates who are ready for work or college strengthen our local businesses and community. The Chamber has a goal of building bridges between business and education…

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 27, 2018 – At year end, businesses have confidence in the economy, with most predicting no recession in 2019. In the December survey of 445 businesses, only 1 percent of respondents expect a recession in the next three months, while 8 percent expect one in three to six months. Less than one-quarter…

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Check out our mission! Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) is a community of dynamic entrepreneurs helping each other achieve business goals through networking, education, and inspiration. So, how does WESO achieve these goals? WESO is a membership organization that has been a part of the Rogue Valley for almost 40 years. They began in…

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By: Annette Shelton-Tiderman Regional Economist: Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties Oregon Employment Department | 541-252-2047 Curry County is home to nearly 23,000 people, and the incorporated town of Brookings accounts for nearly 30 percent of the county’s population. However, Brookings’ economic activities are interwoven with those of the adjacent, unincorporated community of Harbor. Population figures…

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What Is MUPTE? How does it support multi-unit residential development? How does the City determine if a housing project can receive a MUPTE? Why should the City of Eugene support dense housing in the downtown core? Can MUPTE support affordable housing? Does MUPTE cause the City to reduce its tax revenue? How effective has MUPTE…

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By: Jenna Reed, JD, General Counsel and Director, Compliance Services Cascade Employers Association jreed@cascadeemployers.com On November 19, the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) published the final rules for Oregon’s Equal Pay Act which will take effect on January 1, 2019. The final rules have relatively few changes from the proposed rules which were published…

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Susan Morgan Rural communities where the federal government owns most of their land have been strapped into the front seat of a financial roller coaster. For more than 100 years, counties with public forest lands have received federal support, but faced the ups and downs of fluctuating and uncertain payments. Most recently, federal support has…

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