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The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County

— November Issue —
  • Creating A Strong Economy
  • Providing Networking Opportunities
  • Representing Business Issues
  • Promoting The Community
The Energy 202: The nation just elected a bunch of governors who campaigned on clean energy
ENERGY POLICY: TheWashington Post, By Dino Grandoni, Reporter covering energy and environmental policy, November 8
Since Donald Trump became president, his administration has tried to lend a helping hand to fossil-fuel businesses —coal in particular. After Tuesday's midterm elections, Trump is still president, and energy policy will largely remain the same at the federal level.
Oregon farms, ranches land federal renewable energy grant
ECONOMY & ENERGY: George PlavenCapital Press Published on October 30, 2018 10:37AM

Nine Oregon farms, ranches and small businesses have received funding from the USDA Rural Energy for America Program to build small-scale renewable energy projects including solar power and hydroelectricity.
New Utility Business Models Are Key to Energy Transition, New Rocky Mountain Institute Report Says
ENERGY & BUSINESS: As seen in Benzinga by PBRWEB, November 12, 2018 5:11am   Comments

Report focuses on 10 options for utility business model reform that respond to the evolving needs of customers, policy changes, grid resilience challenges, and the introduction of new grid-connected software and technology; five case studies accompany the report, providing examples of business model reforms in action.
Millennials, Oil And Gas And The "Energy Transition"
ENERGY & LABOR: Baker Institute, Contributor
Opinions expressed by Forbes Energy.

There is growing concern that public attitudes toward oil and gas are deteriorating, especially amongst Millennials, and this is contributing to a workforce shortage that will compromise the long run viability of the industry.
creating a strong economy
How Oregon Works: How Does Oregon Use Energy?
Currently, most of Oregon's energy is used for transportation, heating and cooling, and electricity.
STATE ENERGY PROFILE: The Oregon Department of Energy
Oregon Gov. Brown Plans Order To Block Drilling Off Coast
ENERGY: by Dirk VanderHart Follow OPB Oct. 22, 2018 4:08 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 9:02 a.m.
Drilling for oil and gas off of Oregon’s coast has long been seen as a dicey proposition — filled with potential pitfalls, and without certainty that there’s much to find in the first place.
Silver Rockets
Web and Marketing PARTNER: Member Business Profile
At Silver Rockets, we help local businesses, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs establish and promote their brands by providing affordable web and graphic design solutions. The women at Silver Rockets coded their first websites in 1996 and, since then, they have collectively designed and maintained hundreds of websites.
promoting the community
Travel Medford: Events & Festivals in Medford & Southern Oregon

TRAVEL AND TOURISM: Showcase Your Event!
From Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Tony award-winning plays, to premier sports opportunities, to the Oregon Wine Experience and more, Medford and Southern Oregon events provide a lineup that is sure to please.
local spotlight
Avista requested a decrease in natural gas rates for our customers in Oregon

On Sept. 7, 2018, Avista filed an updated Purchased Gas Cost Adjustment (PGA) request with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) asking for an overall decrease of 2.9 percent in natural gas rates.
Tax-code changes put nonprofits in a bind.
TAXES: By Diana Hartley, owner of Diana Hartley Consulting
Recognition, appreciation and celebration.
Some might accuse me of being soft on the values of the heart in all areas of life, including my organizational work. Maybe I am, but I have read countless books and articles that suggest that the best way to get positive results with people is to extend kindness and respect. Perhaps, some people silently believe in these values, but habitually micro-manage. We know the command and control model worked in the past, but at what cost? It tends to demotivate, creates descension, and breeds unhappiness in people who can’t wait to jump ship for a better company. I know there is another way to lead that creates loyalty, excellence and trust.
SOREDI Announces Braun Brush Company Facility in Medford 
Medford OR – Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. is proud to announce the move of Braun Brush Company from Brentwood, CA to Ashland, OR.
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Millennials, Oil And Gas And The "Energy Transition"
ENERGY: Baker Institute Contributor. By Kenneth B Medlock III
We cover global issues in oil, natural gas, energy and policy

There is growing concern that public attitudes toward oil and gas are deteriorating, especially amongst Millennials, and this is contributing to a workforce shortage that will compromise the long run viability of the industry. 

Triple Your Impact: Pacific Power Will Match Your Contribution to Oregon Energy Fund
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: by Genevieve Grippo, Friday, October 12th 2018, News 10
Last year, donations from Pacific Power's customers, employees and the company helped 633 households in need throughout Oregon including 607 children, 221 seniors and 213 people with disabilities. This year, Pacific Power's 2-for-1 match will continue up to $144,000.
Midterm Elections Recap
LEGISLATIVE: by John Watt, JWA Public Affairs
A Recap: Oregon Election Results
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County Business Review is committed to creating a stronger local economy. We aim to foster knowledge sharing, cross promotion and networking opportunities to enable growth through the power of communication.