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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 future innovations at SOU. Lithia’s commitment exceeds $12 million and is the largest-ever single gift to the university. The contributions from Lithia Motors (NYSE: LAD) create the Lithia & GreenCars Momentum Fund, which will be used “to…

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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 of the Year by Airgas, an Air Liquide company. Selected among 370+ Airgas cylinder plants across the country, the Medford, OR location was one of the top Airgas plants in overall safety and…

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aha! Announces Wine Flies Free* Program to Celebrate Santa Rosa Flight Launch

July 7, 2022

Get your wine glasses ready. aha!, powered by ExpressJet Airlines, is waiving baggage fees for wine from its popular wine destinations. “Your vacation doesn’t have to stop when you land at home,” said Tim Sieber, head of ExpressJet’s aha! business unit. “Many of aha!’s destinations are in incredible wine regions throughout the Northwest. And now, we’re making it easy for…

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Cambria Hotels Drives Coast-to-Coast Expansion with 10 New Franchise Agreements and Four Groundbreakings including Medford

July 7, 2022

Building on its strategy to continually grow its footprint in markets sought-after by guests and developers alike, Cambria Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), has awarded 10 franchise agreements to develop the new Cambria prototype. Launched in late 2021, the new prototype is uniquely designed to build the right sized Cambria for the right market, helping to lower…

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New SOU program offers degree in Sustainable Tourism Management

July 7, 2022

Southern Oregon University’s newest academic program will provide students the tools they need to recognize and address the role of sustainability in the tourism industry, and to become leaders of tourism-related organizations – from regional to global – that commit to sustainable business practices. SOU’s unique Sustainable Tourism Management bachelor’s degree program will get underway this fall…

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Taking solar to new heights

June 5, 2022

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 installer firm. He has been a professional engineer and the founder/owner of various successful businesses for the past 35 years. JT: Welcome, Jeff! Please tell…

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

June 5, 2022

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 long-term financial stability and energy security it would provide his business. When researching solutions and local solar installers, he found the elevated Strackers that were…

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

June 5, 2022

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 Stracker Solar was chosen to design and build a state-of-the-art solar installation for Franz Bakery’s new Outlet Store and Depot in White City, utilizing their…

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

June 5, 2022

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 ago has continued to evolve into further advocacy for Native people. Representatives of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland signed documents this week to establish…

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SOU Digital Cinema program launches unique “Crew Experience”

June 5, 2022

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, collaborating under the supervision of faculty and experienced industry mentors on the set of a significant film project designed to emulate the professional working environment.…

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Hunter Participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program

May 10, 2022

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is the FCC’s new program to help low-income households gain access to broadband in order to work, learn, and get healthcare. Replacing the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, ACP is the long-term fund for internet affordability provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  While ACP uses a similar framework to…

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People’s Bank Jacksonville Branch Now Open

April 6, 2022

People’s Bank of Commerce is pleased to announce the opening of our newest location in Jacksonville, Oregon, on March 1st.  This is the bank’s tenth branch and is located at 185 E. California Street.  We offer full-service banking, including new accounts and teller services, as well as consumer, mortgage, and business loans. Hours of operation are Monday…

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