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Employees from every department in Jackson County were part of the Fire Response and Running of the Evacuation Center at the Expo.

December 8, 2020

I wrote an article last month about the expo staff and what they did after the fire to stand up an evacuation center. Because I am on the fair board, it blew me away how a small team could react to crisis during a pandemic shut down and I wanted to share that story. But…

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A Few Words from Jim

December 8, 2020

We made it.  The last month of 2020.  What a year.  COVID and statewide restrictions, PPP, PPE, Zoom, social distancing, Global Pandemic, Toilet Paper outages, Greg Retires, Riots, Wildfires and an election that redefined how we vote as a nation and that’s just the small stuff.  Regardless 2020 was not a bad year for us. …

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10 Rural Community Projects Get a Boost from Business Oregon

December 8, 2020

Rural entrepreneurs, from Eastern Oregon to the coast, are awarded tens of thousands in funding RURAL OREGON – Business Oregon announced investments in ten rural community projects throughout the state under the Rural Opportunities Initiative (ROI). The ROI is an initiative that works with communities to cultivate local environments that support entrepreneurs and small businesses.…

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Labor Underutilization and the Effects of COVID-19

December 8, 2020

Public health measures related to COVID-19 began in Oregon in mid-March. Social distancing practices and workplace and gathering changes have severely impacted business practices all around the state. The National Bureau of Economic Research declared an official recession in the United States, beginning in February 2020. In October 2020, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.…

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By January 15, 2021 ALL EMPLOYERS WILL BE REQUIRED to offer OregonSaves to every employee.

December 8, 2020

Only the employee can opt-out, not the employer.OregonSaves is a state mandated retirement program that provides Oregonians a unique opportunity to save for the future. Whether you are an employer who will facilitate the program or an individual planning for the future, OregonSaves is a simple way to get started. https://www.oregonsaves.com

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FREE PPE SUPPLIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

December 8, 2020

The Governor’s office in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 Million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of supplies including masks and gloves for small business. The State of Oregon is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted. Due to impacts from wildfires across the region there…

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“All Children are equal in the saddle!”

December 8, 2020

HOPE Equestrian Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities.  HOPE began in the Rogue Valley in 1988 and has been in operation since 1994.  Each year HOPE provides services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities.  We work with families and professionals…

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Over $3.6 million in grant funds are now available for eligible businesses impacted by COVID19 in Jackson and Josephine Counties

December 8, 2020

Applications for this new “Southern Oregon CARES Business Grant” (“SOCARES”) fund may be accessed through SOREDI, which has contracted as grant administrator for both counties. These new grant funds are available in all 36 Oregon counties through a $55 million allocation made by the State of Oregon. These funds are intended to be equally accessible to…

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Southern Oregon University recognized for doing well in conversion to remote coursework

December 8, 2020

SOU was recognized by the rankings website niche.com as one of “Eleven Schools That Did Online Learning Well This Spring.” Universities that made the list were from all parts of the U.S., but SOU was the only one mentioned from the West Coast. “We used the Moodle platform as well as Zoom call platforms to…

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State of Oregon Releases Economic and Revenue Forecast

December 8, 2020

(released on November 18, 2020) While the economic recovery continues, the virus remains in control. Expectations were already that growth would slow noticeably over the colder, wetter months ahead. The latest surge in COVID cases all but ensures it. Businesses and consumers are likely to pull back out of fear of the virus, and more…

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Land Conservation and Development Commission Adopts

December 8, 2020

Housing Production Strategy Rules At their meeting on November 12, 2020, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) passed new rules to implement House Bill 2003 from the 2019 legislative session. The primary goal of the bill is to help satisfy unmet housing needs in Oregon through the development of housing production strategies. Forty-nine (49)…

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Governor Kate Brown Announces Launch of ‘Give the Gift of Oregon’ Campaign to Support Local Businesses

December 8, 2020

Oregon retailers are prepared for Oregonians to shop safe, shop local Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the launch of the “Give the Gift of Oregon” campaign as part of a comprehensive effort to support local businesses statewide. Shopping local is more important than ever due to the significant economic hardships that COVID-19 has created…

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