Current Issue - January 2023 -

Happy New Year?

Medford Mail Tribune Closes. Founded in the 1800’s and only local newspaper to serve a community of 250,000.

Jacksonville Inn Restaurant closes after over 50 years of service.
The founders started the business in 1967, sold it in 2021 and it’s now out of business.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Director leaves, amid restructuring. After only a couple of years on the job, David Schmitz steps down as only the 4th director in OSF’s history.

And were only 2 weeks into the new year.

Shocking changes in Southern Oregon to Start the New Year.

Journal Articles

A Few Words from Jim – January 2023

Happy New Year. It’s only the middle of January and so much sad business news has happened already this year, it is overwhelming.  I’m wired to be a positive person.…

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Announces Leadership Departures, Staff Changes, And Revitalization Strategy Amid Post-Pandemic Recovery

Internal Shifts Focused on Building Solid Infrastructure for OSF’s Future to Address Structural Deficits, Aligning Budget to Post-Pandemic Industry Realities, and Supporting a Future-Focused Vision for the Theatre Field ASHLAND,…

Help us DESIGN the Southern Oregon Innovation Hub

Key area partners are exploring the concept of a regional Innovation Hub to enhance the business support ecosystem. Though often thought of as a physical space dedicated to supporting industry-changing products…

Finding the Best: Unique Perspectives

In continuing our conversation on finding the best, we now turn our attention to another historically under-employed group, those with neurodivergence. What is neurodivergence? Neurodivergent conditions include autism, dyslexia, ADHD,…

8 Billion and Counting

Resolution for the United States and the World in 2023; better leadership. It’s time we all decided to fix the things we’ve broken in our occupation of this planet. And…

Innovators and Creators

It can start with a stray thought or idea. Sometimes through observation it is realized that there must be a better way, or a faster way to accomplish an objective,…

SOU receives solar support from Congress

Southern Oregon University will receive $2 million to support its transition to solar power and energy independence, a result of the federal appropriations bill hammered out through months of negotiations…

SOU alumnus and Foundation Board member inducted into inventors’ academy

Daniel A. Henderson, a 1984 graduate of Southern Oregon University and emeritus member of the SOU Foundation Board of Trustees, is among 169 innovators worldwide who have been inducted in this year’s…

Poverty and the Oregon Workforce

The poverty rate across the U.S. reached 12.8% in 2020 and 2021, up from 12.3% in 2019. Prior to the pandemic, poverty had been falling incrementally since 2012. Oregon’s poverty…

Grant Applications Open to Organizations Advancing Economic Equity

Business Oregon has opened a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for the Economic Equity Investment Program—a new program created to promote durable economic advancement among historically marginalized communities.  The Economic…

Business Oregon Awards Funding for Innovation Projects in Business and Industry

Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) is awarding nearly $1 million in a new round of funding to support innovation in Oregon. Eleven recipients will receive awards…

Rural Oregon Cities Receive Business Oregon Community Development Block Grants

Business Oregon is supporting eight city projects statewide through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG program supports the development of livable communities by expanding economic opportunities and…

How to Set Oregon Up for Success in Improving Broadband Access Across the State

The FCC Launched a National Broadband Map that shows addresses across the U.S. and the quality of internet access for each, with information provided by service providers. Knowing where broadband…

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek takes office with a promise to ‘make things better’

As she took office as governor Monday, Tina Kotek promised to wake up every day with a mission: to take on Oregon’s biggest challenges and make things better.  “It’s a…

Audit: Oregon broadband office not prepared for federal infrastructure grants

Oregon’s broadband office doesn’t have the staff or plans it needs to take advantage of up to $1 billion in federal money to expand internet access, according to an audit…

Is Valley View Winery For Sale?

Last month we featured the social post of Valley View Winery celebrating 50 years of business and proclaiming they will never be for sale. A cool story about family farms…

Dutch Bros Inc. Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2022 New Shop Openings and Same Shop Sales Results

GRANTS PASS, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE: BROS; the “Company”) one of the fastest-growing brands in the food service and restaurant industry in the United States by location count, today…

Jim Teece Head Shot

A Few Words from Jim – December 2022

It’s Christmas time! We are supposed to be spreading cheer at this time of year.  The photo on the covers are from Chad Sobotka. I love his photos and I’m…

Industry Veteran Christine Barone Named President at Dutch Bros Inc.

Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE: BROS; “Dutch Bros” or the “Company”) one of the fastest-growing brands in the food service and restaurant industry in the United States by location count, today…

Southern Oregon’s Premier Winery – Established first in the 1850’s, Valley View Winery celebrates 50 years

Fifty years ago, when our parents founded Valley View Winery, people said they were crazy and it would never last. Forty years ago, when our father died, they said Valley…

Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River Blue served in White House State Dinner

BREAKING MOOS: We are over the moon that Rogue River Blue has been selected for tonight’s White House State Dinner honoring visiting French President Emmanuel Macron!!!    It will be…

Press Releases

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…

PBCO Financial Corporation Reports Q1 2022 Earnings

April 21, 2022

April 20, 2022 PBCO Financial Corporation (OTC PINK: PBCO), the holding company of People’s Bank of Commerce, announced today its financial results…

Energy Trust appoints new board members with experience in energy justice, industrial energy research

March 26, 2022

The Energy Trust of Oregon Board of Directors has appointed two new volunteer members: Dr. Peter Therkelsen of Ashland and Silvia Tanner of Portland. Both have extensive experience…

RCC Announces Incoming President

March 23, 2022

Board Announces Incoming RCC President Josephine County & Jackson County – March 23, 2022    Rogue Community College (RCC) is happy to announce the…

Merkley, Wyden Announce Over $17.5 Million In Transit Grants For Oregon

March 15, 2022

Funding will support bus and bus facility upgrades across the state Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff…

KCEDA launches Klamath County, Oregon is Leading the Way in Economic Opportunity Video on YouTube

February 28, 2022

KCEDA (Klamath County Economic Development Association) is Klamath County’s leading economic development agency. We work with companies of all shapes and sizes,…

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