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June 2022 Innovation The state is about to award every region that asked for it, an innovation grant to hire a consultant that will help the region go after a…

Crowdsourcing Broadband Data with Faster Internet Oregon

FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will allocate $65 billion to improving broadband internet throughout the country.  The bill will distribute $100 million to each state for expanding internet…

ReWork Your Business

By Marshall Doak, Director, Southern Oregon University SBDC With the thought that emerging out of the COVID Pandemic business shutdowns we have a different economic environment and feel than when we…

Southern Oregon Business Expo to be held August 4th, 2022

Calling all Southern Oregon business professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners! Join us at the Rogue Valley Country Club on AUG 4th, 2022, for the V3Connect Business Expo benefiting the local 501C3 SORIN – Southern Oregon Research…

Taking solar to new heights

Interview with Jeff Sharpe, Life-long Entrepreneur and Community Advocate, Founder and CEO of Stracker Solar Jeff Sharpe is the Founder and CEO of Stracker Solar, an Ashland-based solar manufacturer and…

How an Ashland Dental Office Generates Maximum Solar Energy with the Smallest Footprint

And reduced project costs by 60% with local incentives, federal and state tax credits Dr. Brandt Cullen, owner of Ashland Family Dentistry, has decided to go solar because of the…

Franz Bakery partners with Stracker Solar to make new facility Net Zero electric

Six elevated Strackers will power new Franz Bakery Outlet Store and Depot in White City, producing 170,000 kWh clean solar energy per year Ashland, Oregon – May 12, 2022: Ashland’s…

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum Receives Critical Funding From Bonneville Power Grant Through Florence Area Chamber Of Commerce

Lifelong Florence resident Del Phelps has had a fear that kept him up at night. But he’s sleeping a little better these days. “An orange glow shows from the window.…

The Plan

As often as we hear about A Plan we believe that it’s the plan that is the thing. It isn’t. The execution is the thing. To arrive at the execution…

Ten SOU trustees appointed and confirmed

Three new and seven continuing members have been appointed by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed today by the Oregon Senate to serve on the Board of Trustees of Southern Oregon…

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland gifts scholarship to SOU Native American Studies

What began as a partnership among Southern Oregon University and community organizations to see Indigenous Peoples’ Day instituted at SOU and in the City of Ashland a number of years…

SOU Digital Cinema program launches unique “Crew Experience”

After a two-year pandemic delay, Southern Oregon University has launched its innovative, new, 12-credit spring immersion course called “The Crew Experience.” Student filmmakers spend an entire term learning on location,…

Employment in South Coast: April 2022
Leisure and Hospitality Shows Largest Job Gain Over the Year

Coos County total payroll employment fell by 70 jobs in April. Job losses were estimated inlocal government education (-90); professional and business services (-30); andtransportation, warehousing, and utilities (-20). General…

A Rapid and Dramatic Shift Toward Less Affordable Housing in Oregon

The COVID-19 pandemic shock resulted in significant impacts to the housing market across the nation. Early lockdowns, a push to more work-from-home, and the large millennial demographic reaching prime family-formation…

Oregon’s Leisure and Hospitality Industry

Leisure and hospitality businesses employed 174,800 workers on average in 2021, up from 162,100 workers in 2020. Of those, roughly one out of nine were employed in accommodations, about the…

KFDA Awarded $200,000 Revitalization Grant to Support Rehabilitation of the Arcade Hotel

The Klamath Falls Downtown Association (KFDA) announces today that it has received an Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant (OMSRG) in the amount of $200,000 to support the rehabilitation and reopening…

Press Releases

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,…

KCEDA Recruits New Upscale RV Park to Develop in Klamath County

February 28, 2022

In an announcement made by the Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA), housing developer, Rjouney LLC (based out of Goldendale, Washington), is…

Local Sale Brings Hope and Security to Families in Mexico

February 28, 2022

EVENT DATES: Drop Off/Pick up–Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10. Sale–Friday, March 11–8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 12–8:00…

SOU to offer Pacific Islander Studies course

February 25, 2022

(Ashland, Ore.) —Southern Oregon University will offer a course this spring on Pacific Islander Studies, as part of the university’s new Ethnic…

SOU to begin “transformational” shift in tech infrastructure

February 18, 2022

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is heading into the first stages of a transformational change to its primary operational software that will…

Non-Profit Medford Publishing Company Releases First Online, Interactive Southern Oregon Industrial & Manufacturing Guide

January 18, 2022

Collaborative Publishing Solutions (CPS) is excited to introduce the first-of-its-kind, six-county Southern Oregon Industrial & Manufacturing Guide. It will be released as…

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