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The Journal for Business in Southern Oregon

Special Edition 

Oregon Connections:
Navigating the Funding Flood
October 6 & 7, 2022 - Ashland, Oregon

Featured stories :

Oregon’s once-in-a-lifetime broadband opportunity by Representative Pam Marsh

Broadband Is Just One Piece of the Bigger Digital Equity Puzzle


Journal Articles

Who’s Driving Oregon’s Wage Growth?

Wages in Oregon have been on the rise over the past three years. From fourth quarter 2014 to fourth quarter 2017, the quarterly average wage (smoothed and adjusted for inflation)…

Entering the Danger Zone

As we wait for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to take the podium in Jackson Hole and impart some wisdom on the economy and hopefully provide policy guidance as well,…

In Cap-and-Trade Considerations, Oregon Policy-Makers Should Include Reductions for Federal Forest Fire Smoke Carbon Emissions

Sara Duncan 503-586-1246 Oregon Forest & Industries Council On Wednesday, August 22, hundreds of policymakers will gather in Lincoln City for the annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit to discuss…

Iot: The Irrelevance of Thingies

People and social interaction, not technology, is the key to the future of cities Smart city afficianado’s are agog at the prospects that the Internet of Things will create vast…


by Jason Norris, CFA Executive Vice President of Research A currency crisis in Turkey and continued trade uncertainty resulted in a volatile week for equities. International stocks, specifically emerging markets,…


B y : Greg Henderson Little did I know how important the hazelnut indus-try would become to Oregon when I watched my uncle Ray ducking under tree limbs when dragging…

Turkey: Hazelnut prices fall early in season

Hazelnuts prices in Turkey are headed lower at the start of the hazelnut season this year from last year. A kilo of hazelnuts (in shell) was worth nearly 22 Turkish…

Region Exceeds Two-Year Benchmark for Energy Efficiency

By: JENNIFER LIGHT In 2016 and 2017, the Northwest region achieved 404 average megawatts of electric energy efficiency savings, enough power to equal the average annual energy use of 290,000…

Central Oregon’s growth is centered in Bend

Oregon’s recovery from the Great Recession of 2008 – 2010 has been predictably uneven. Statewide population density variations with local business emphasis and economic diversity in industrial productivity shows in…

Health Care – an Economic Contributor

By Dick Baltus It doesn’t take an economics degree to understand that local jobs are the lifeblood of any community, especially those of the small, rural variety. In rural areas,…

Norway, Oregon’s Bottle Bill and Plastic Recycling

CFM State Affairs Team China’s refusal to keep buying US-sourced recyclable materials and the mounting threat of plastic pollution in the ocean have redirected attention to schemes such as beverage…


By Gary Milliman A new public/private coalition has formed in southern Curry County to provide enhanced services to business and promote economic growth. Partners in this effort include the South…

“I Don’t Give a (Bleep) About Akron!”

by Charles Marohn Last year I moderated a panel of suburban mall developers as part of an economic forum at New York University. It was a spirited conversation among some…

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is a thriving 347-bed regional medical center in Springfield.

It serves coastal and southern Oregon, as well as Lane County. In the 10 years since it opened, RiverBend has become what PeaceHealth planners and community donors had envisioned—a life-saving,…

STEAM Hub a natural fit for new director

New STEAM Hub director ready to cultivate learning in Douglas County With more than 20 years of experience as a STEM teacher and scientist, our new Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub…

What If ?

Big decisions are made after long deliberation and the mental gymnastics that take us from weighing all the positives against all the negatives we can imagine. After days of full-fledged…

Press Releases

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…

2nd Annual Southern Oregon Juneteenth Celebration Comes to Medford June 19

June 5, 2022

Excitement builds for 2022 Freedom Day Medford, OREGON (June 5, 2022) — On Sunday, June 19, 2022, BASE will host the 2nd…

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