Oregon’s Digital Equity Plan Approved and State Allocated $9.9 Million for Digital Equity

Business Oregon’s Oregon Broadband Office received notifications from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that Oregon’s Digital Equity Plan was approved and that an allocation of $9.9 million in initial funding has been awarded to the state to implement the Digital Equity Plan. More information about these important announcements is below. Approval On March…

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The Corporate Transparency Act: A New Era of Business Reporting

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), enacted by Congress on January 1, 2021, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, marks a significant shift in the landscape of business reporting in the United States. This legislation, aimed at preventing and combating money laundering, terrorist financing, corruption, and tax fraud, introduces beneficial ownership reporting requirements for…

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Business Thoughts for 2024

By Marshall Doak, SOU SBDC Director It seemed appropriate to compile a few thoughts together regarding the business ecosystem as it pertains to the start of 2024. The reader might find this strange when the first two months of 2024 have already occurred. The calendar seemingly is moving forward faster than the ability to manage…

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Southern Oregon Economic Summit Tickets now on sale.

Buy your tickets today to join us in Roseburg, Oregon on May 14th-15th. Buy your tickets today for the 2024 Southern Oregon Economic Summit, set to unfold in Roseburg, OR. This year, we are bringing together industry leaders, innovative thinkers, and community members to engage in pivotal discussions that shape the future of Southern Oregon…

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A few words…

Did you know that the 2nd Friday of March is Solar Appreciation Day?  I didn’t either.  I use solar energy every day to keep a couple of my towers alive, so I’m a big fan. I love innovation and innovators and have written several times over the years about Stracker and Jeff Sharpe, the Ashland…

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Commonwealth Development Corporation And Wnc & Associates Announce Development Of Affordable Housing Community In Phoenix, Ore. 

The new development will provide 72 units of affordable housing to area recovering from the 2020 Almeda Fire  By Press Release – March 26, 2024 Commonwealth Development Corporation, one of the nation’s largest, majority woman-owned, affordable housing development companies, and WNC & Associates, a family-owned business known as both a pioneer and leader in the…

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Business Oregon Awards Matching Grants to Support Business Growth and Commercialization

By Press Release FEBRUARY 26, 2024 Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) are thrilled toannounce the recipients of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/SmallBusiness Technology Transfer (STTR) Matching Grant awards. The SBIR and STTRgrant programs are federal programs designed to stimulate technological innovation and provide opportunities for small businesses to conduct research…

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Applications Open for $157 Million Broadband Deployment Program

By Press Release – MARCH 25, 2024 The Oregon Broadband Office is now accepting applications for grant awards for theBroadband Deployment Program (BDP). The U.S. Department of the Treasury allocated$156.8 million for Oregon. The sole eligible activity for this program’s funds is theconstruction and deployment of broadband infrastructure projects that offer reliablebroadband service (minimum 100/100…

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Douglas County’s Per Capita Personal Income Decreased in 2022

By Brian Rooney, Regional Economist, Douglas and Lane counties, Oregon Employment Department The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released its 2022 estimates of personal income for substate areas (counties and townships). Personal income includes all forms of income including earnings by place of work, dividends, interest and rent, and government transfer…

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Employment in Jackson County’s Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Industry

By Guy Tauer, Regional Economist, Coos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties, Oregon Employment Department The arts, entertainment, and recreation sector includes a wide range of establishments that operate facilities or provide services to meet varied cultural, entertainment, and recreational interests of their patrons. This sector comprises establishments that are involved in producing, promoting, or participating…

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Wage and Job Growth Across Many Industries

By Molly Hendrickson, Employment Economist, Oregon Employment Department Oregon had 1.98 million people working in jobs covered by the state’s unemployment insurance system during the first quarter of 2023. This was an increase of 21,700, or 1.1%, from the same quarter of the previous year. They earned a total of $33.4 billion, with an average…

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Health Care Jobs Now and Into the Future

By Lynn Wallis, Workforce Analyst, Clackamas and Washington counties, Oregon Employment Department Many industries in the nation are seeing an upward trend in employment as the economic landscape strengthens. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, six out of the 10 fastest-growing industries in the nation from 2022 to 2032 are in the health care…

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