THE BUSINESS REVIEW
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The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
"HELPING BUSINESS SUCCEED"
Outlook 2020
— January 2020 Issue —
IN THIS ISSUE
OREGON UPDATE
New Permits, Fee Increases To Hike And Fish In Oregon, Take Effect In 2020
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | JANUARY 1, 2020
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Oregon public land officials have announced visiting and recreational activity costs are expected to increase while new permit systems limit access to large regions of backcountry.
Oregon Continues To See Increase Of Nonaffiliated Voters
BY MEERAH POWELL | OPB | DECEMBER 28, 2019
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According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, the number of nonaffiliated voters in the state has increased by nearly 60,000 since the beginning of this year.
Medford Council Backs New Jackson County Jail Proposal
by DAMIAN MANN | MAIL TRIBUNE | DECEMBER 19, 2019
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Oregon Looks More Likely To Win 6th Congressional Seat Following 2020 Census
JEFF MAPES | OPB| DECEMBER 30, 2019
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At least 15 races for the Oregon House and Senate in 2020 will not feature an elected incumbent, suggesting there may some highly contested partisan contests and will be significant turnover in senior leadership.
CEOs Still Consider Recession To Be The Biggest Business Risk In 2020
JEFF COX | JANUARY 2, 2020
People of all ages are often unaware of the role engineers play in creating many of the conveniences and the essentials of modern life. The Royal Academy of Engineering in London is particularly concerned that young people don’t consider engineering as a career option because of this lack of awareness. The RAE launched a campaign called This is Engineering to remedy this situation.
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creating a strong economy
Jessica Gomez Appointed New Board Chair Of Oregon Institute Of Technology Board Of Trustees
DECEMBER 11, 2019
The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) Board of Trustees recently appointed Jessica Gomez, founder and CEO of Medford-based Rogue Valley Microdevices, as new Board Chair.
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New Decade, New Laws: What’s New In Oregon In 2020
BY EMILY BURRIS | KOIN 6 NEWS | JANUARY 1, 2020
Dozens of bills were passed by Oregon legislators in 2019, many of which take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Some impact drivers, shoppers, employees and employers; others aim to protect the planet.
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PW Employee Learning Welding Trade Draws KOBI NBC5’S Cameras To Pro Weld, Inc. Facility
A senior at Eagle Point High School is getting hands on experience, while still getting school credit.
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local spotlight
Rogue Valley Timbers Hire MLS Veteran David Horst
The Rogue Valley Timbers announced today the hiring of 11- year Major League Soccer veteran David Horst as the club’s new Director of Coaching.
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Freight Logistics, Inc. Completes “Together We Give” Campaign
Freight Logistics, Inc. (FLI), is in the giving spirit this season with their local “Together We Give” campaign.
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Greeter of the month
Keith Wittnebel
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Eat. Drink. Be Local.
Featuring the best in member specials for food, drinks, dining & entertainment.
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Travel Medford
Savor the unexpected
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Sherm’s Donates Truckload Of Food To Feed Hungry
Sherm's Thunderbird and Food 4 Less grocery stores will help feed thousands of local families with a special semi-trailer delivery.
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promoting the community
Think Tank Ranks Medford Among Top Ten 'Best-Performing' Small Cities In The US
JAMIE PARFITT | KDRV | DECEMBER 12, 2019
Medford came in at number 7 in the 2018 Milken Institute index, which included several other Oregon cities.
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Crater Lake Entry Fees To Increase By $5 Jan. 1
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Crater Lake National Park is increasing its entry fees for the new year by $5 to help cover local and national deferred park maintenance and other projects.
MEERAH POWELL | OPB | DECEMBER 27, 2019
Mt. Ashland Ski Area: The Only Ski Area In Oregon 100% Open
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Mt. Ashland Ski Area in Southern Oregon opened on Sunday, December 8th nearly one week ahead of schedule.
Southern Oregon Sports Commission Hosts 6th Annual Awards Banquet
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The Top Ten Sports Stories of 2019 Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Santo Community Center in Medford.
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5 Budgeting Tips For Small Businesses In 2020
Planning for any new year is a daunting task, since the future always holds uncertainty—but that’s especially true for 2020. The economy is booming, but tariffs, global recession fears, and political upheaval all complicate the outlook for many business owners.
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BY JARED HECHT | FORBES | SEPTEMBER 2019
When Time Off Work Is Good For Business
The state tourism agency wants businesses to encourage employees to plan for vacation.
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By Kim Moore | Oregon Business | January 8, 2020
Rogue Valley mall
#LetsGoShopping
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FEATURED ARTICLES
Southern Oregon Sports Commission Hosts 6th Annual Awards Banquet
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The Top Ten Sports Stories of 2019 Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Santo Community Center in Medford.
Think Tank Ranks Medford Among Top Ten 'Best-Performing' Small Cities In The US
JAMIE PARFITT | KDRV | DECEMBER 12, 2019
Medford came in at number 7 in the 2018 Milken Institute index, which included several other Oregon cities.
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5 Budgeting Tips For Small Businesses In 2020
Planning for any new year is a daunting task, since the future always holds uncertainty—but that’s especially true for 2020. The economy is booming, but tariffs, global recession fears, and political upheaval all complicate the outlook for many business owners.
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BY JARED HECHT | FORBES | SEPTEMBER 2019
New Decade, New Laws: What’s New In Oregon In 2020
BY EMILY BURRIS | KOIN 6 NEWS | JANUARY 1, 2020
Dozens of bills were passed by Oregon legislators in 2019, many of which take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Some impact drivers, shoppers, employees and employers; others aim to protect the planet.
LEARN MORE →
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