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The Oregon Coast Wage Challenge

By Erik Knoder, Oregon Regional Economist, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties How can workers on the Oregon Coast find higher-paying jobs? The best single answer is to get the…

Jackson County Travel Impacts 2021

By Guy Tauer, Oregon Regional Economist, Coos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties New data from a Dean Runyan Associates study for the Oregon Tourism Commission shows that total direct travel…

Cash Flow Issues in Inflationary Times

By Marshall Doak, Director of the Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center It has been said that the ramp-up in inflation costs is quick, but the subsequent reduction in…

Loud Voices

by Greg Henderson If my house is on fire I would appreciate it if you would yell loudly at me that I am in danger. Otherwise, please tone it down…

2022 Oregon Connections Award Winners

On Thursday, October 6, 2022 several individuals and organizations were given awards at the Oregon Connections Conference. The conference honors individuals and organizations who have positively impacted telecommunications development in…

Dogs and Cats in the Pacific Northwest to Get Medical Care That Rivals Human Medical Facilities

The Veterinary Referral Center of Central Oregon (VRCCO) has announced they are breaking ground on a new location in Bend, Oregon. The spacious new state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet…

Dutch Bros and its customers raise more than $1.1M for local youth

On Friday, Sept. 16, Dutch Bros Coffee and its customers raised more than $1.1 million for local youth organizations dedicated to providing resources for education, extracurricular activities and other needs.…

LS Networks Announces Entry into Residential Market

Partnership with PocketiNet Furthers Mission to Bridge the Digital Divide, Expanding Platformto Include Fiber-to-the-Home Today (Sept. 29, 2022) , LS Networks announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire PocketiNet…

OnPoint Community Credit Union releases updated eBook to help guard against evolving tactics in cybercrime

OnPoint Community Credit Union today released its 2022 “The OnPoint Guide to Personal Cybersecurity” eBook to help consumers and businesses protect themselves amidst a fast-evolving cybercrime landscape. In 2021, ransomware…

From up top to the tap: Alaska Airlines pulls off ultimate beer run in multiple states

This fall, Alaska Air Cargo delivered the industry’s first and biggest fresh hops run to breweries in Maui and Anchorage within 24 hours of harvest – this was a huge…

Lithia & Driveway (LAD) Expands in North Central Region, Completes Second Driveway Finance ABS Offering, and Debuts New Driveway Technology

Lithia & Driveway (NYSE: LAD) announced today (Sept. 20, 2022) they have expanded their north central footprint with the purchase of five stores from the Wilde Automotive Group in Wisconsin. “We are…

Travel Oregon Showcases State’s Regions and Attractions in National Advertising Campaign: Extraordinary is Ordinary

Campaign to help boost economic impact during shoulder season travel by providing inspiration for visiting Oregon’s seven regions The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, has initiated its second push of its…

El Pollo Loco Signs Experienced Burger King Operator to Expand Brand’s Presence in Northern California and Develop First Oregon Locations

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain, announced today the signing of a multi-unit development deal for five new restaurants…

TC Chevy Dealership Goes Solar with Stracker Solar

Five elevated Strackers will provide clean energy for Ashland’s TC Chevy, making the successful business the first solar-powered auto dealership in Southern Oregon TC Chevy, the leading electric vehicle dealer…

As part of the upcoming merger with Umpqua Bank, the Department of Justice is requiring the divestiture of ten Columbia Bank branches

I have been waiting for news about the merger of Umpqua and Columbia Banks that was announced on October 12, 2021 and have not received any, but I found this…

Arcimoto Announces Strategic Restructuring Plan

Arcimoto will focus on immediate revenue-driving programs such as FUV consumer sales, Deliverator fleet sales, and rentals in key markets, with an anticipated 32 percent reduction in payroll expense Arcimoto,…

Stracker Solar appoints Allen Gilstrap as new CEO

State-of-the-art elevated solar tracker manufacturer brings successful fintech executive aboard to lead company’s national expansion Stracker Solar is pleased to announce that Allen Gilstrap has joined the company as CEO.…

SOU prepares for strategic realignment to solidify financial future

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey has announced an emerging plan to address an outdated financial model that has left SOU and many other public higher education institutions relying too…

Former SOU administrator and consultant appointed to university board

Liz Shelby, who retired from Southern Oregon University after serving as director of government relations and chief of staff, and lobbyist and government relations consultant Iris Maria Chávez have both been appointed…

Jim Teece Head Shot

A Few Words from Jim

September 2022 Rural Oregon Broadband This month’s issue is almost all about Broadband. It’s the second annual Oregon Connections Conference Special Edition. This years conference is in Ashland on October…

The Future of Broadband Services

Access to information services via broadband networks is essential for improving the quality of life of Oregon residents and improving the Oregon economy. Past investments in broadband infrastructure by Oregon…

Press Releases

THE BOEING COMPANY AND OREGON TECH ANNOUNCE NEW COLLABORATION IN KLAMATH FALLS

November 14, 2022

Nov. 11, 2022, KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – On Tuesday, The Boeing Company (Boeing Commercial Airplanes) and Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) signed an…

Lithia & GreenCars pledge historic commitment, set SOU’s philanthropic bedrock

September 16, 2022

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University and Medford-based Lithia Motors have announced a philanthropic partnership that will serve as the bedrock of…

Arcimoto Appoints Jesse Fittipaldi as Interim Chief Executive Officer

August 12, 2022

Founder Mark Frohnmayer named Chief Vision Officer EUGENE, Ore., Aug. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arcimoto, Inc.® (NASDAQ: FUV), makers of rightsized, outrageously…

Hunter Communications Appoints Ehrika Gladden to Board of Directors 

July 26, 2022

Seasoned technology leader will help expand company’s sales efforts 7/26/2022 Today, Hunter Communications announced the appointment of IT industry veteran, Ehrika Gladden,…

Medford, Oregon Plant Wins Airgas’ National Cylinder Fill Plant of the Year Award

July 11, 2022

A local manufacturing plant that fills and distributes industrial gases in cylinders across the state was named one of two National Cylinder Plants…

Chiloquin to Complete Historic Renovation of the HIRVI Building

June 13, 2022

CVIP Awarded $200,000 for Main Street Revitalization Project Chiloquin Visions In Progress (CVIP) was awarded a $200,000 grant by Oregon Heritage, a…

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