'Horrific summer' pushes Oregon's traffic fatalities upwards
Eight people died in a August crash in Harney County on Oregon 78, one of the deadliest single crashes in recent history (Courtesy of OSP)
Walmart where the trade war comes home
ECONOMY: by Nathaniel Meyersohn @CNNMoney September 19, 2018: 10:44 AM ET
Two weeks ago, Walmart asked the Trump administration to walk back its plan to put tariffs on Christmas lights, shampoo, dog food, luggage, mattresses, handbags, backpacks, vacuum cleaners, bicycles, cooking grills, cable cords and air conditioners.
Lawmakers applaud passage of opioid act, which has 70 bipartisan bills
LEGISLATION: The Argus Observer Sep 20, 2018 
ONTARIO — Since June, the House has passed several bills to address the nation’s growing opioid crisis. According to information in a report by the National Center of Health Statistics, opioids — such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl — accounted for more than 42,000 fatalities in the U.S. in 2016. Opioids currently account for 115 deaths each day, according to a news release from Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River.
Self-driving trucks on I-5? Washington and Oregon is nation’s best place for them, report says
Originally published September 20, 2018 at 6:00 am |
Updated September 20, 2018 at 9:24 am
Interstate 5 in Washington and Oregon ranks first nationally in a study by a traffic-research company of the best corridors to operate self-driving semitrucks.
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Chamber Celebrates A grand opening and tour of the new RCC High Tech Center
LOCAL: RCC High Tech Center
The $4.2 million, 11,800-square-foot center will be a regional cornerstone for high technology training in manufacturing, welding, engineering, mechatronics and other advanced skills. Students will begin classes in the new facility on Monday, Sept. 24. 
Extras on Excise: Oregon Tax on New Vehicle Sales Holds Up Against Constitutional Challenge
Tax Policy | Transportation: Bloomberg
SALEM, OR – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) yesterday announced funding for the development and preservation of 796 affordable homes through the 2018 federal 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and HOME awards, which leverage local, state, and private investments. 
the coach is in: Wine Clubs: Sink or Swim, Crash or Soar? Real Data Calls the Shots.
MARKETING: Published @ Capiche by Chris Cook
Wineries work hard to add new members to their clubs yet lose an average of 16% of their members each year. For most wineries, the number of new members does not offset the loss of existing ones, resulting in a yearly decline in wine club members, which translates to a loss of sales
DOGS for better LIVES
NON-PROFIT PARTNER: Member Business Profile
Dogs for Better Lives was established more than 40 years ago as Dogs for the Deaf. In 2017, the organization changed its name to Dogs for Better Lives to better reflect its mission of rescuing, breeding, and professionally training Assistance Dogs in three core areas: Hearing, Autism, and Program.
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Black flag armory
BUSINESS RESOURCES: Member Business Profile
Black Flag Armory - Empowering People to Live Safer, Confident Lives
Oregon Wine Experience® breaks records and announces Best of Show winners
TRAVEL AND TOURISM: by Oregon Wine Press
JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — The 2018 Oregon Wine Experience® is officially in the books, with a record number of attendees and volunteers helping to raise more than $1,275,000 for Asante’s Children’s Miracle Network and other healthcare programs. This is the second consecutive year that Oregon Wine Experience® has surpassed the million-dollar mark in fundraising and a 25% increase from 2017. Oregon Wine Experience® has positioned itself as one of the top regional wine and culinary destination events in the country. Guests haled from multiple states including California, Nevada, South Carolina, Virginia and countries as far as New Zealand.
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More Temporary Shelters possible in medford
LOCAL: KOBI News Staff
MEDFORD, Ore. — Changes to Medford zoning laws make it easier for temporary shelters to operate in the city.
Oregon Transportation Officials Seek Federal Approval For Tolling Plan
AUG 21, 2018 at 7:17 AM | Oregon Public Broadcasting
The Oregon Transportation Commission on Friday unanimously agreed to ask the federal government for permission to impose tolls on sections of interstates 5 and 205 in the Portland area.
Small Business Optimism Keeps Growing as Access to Capital Remains Strong
SMALL BUSINESS | ECONOMY: MAY 31, 2018 - 9:45AM SEAN HACKBART, Senior Editor, Digital Content
How high can small business optimism go? That’s the question that comes from the latest MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index. The index hit 68.7 in Q2, up 2.4 points from Q1 – another record high – driven by confidence in local economies.
Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In US
SMALL BUSINESS | ECONOMY | RECYCLING: by Cassandra Profita Follow OPB/EarthFix Aug. 27, 2018 5:45 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 3:44 p.m. | Portland, Ore.
The next time you’re shopping for beer in Oregon, take a close look at the bottle. A select few will be thicker and heavier than usual with the word “refillable” stamped into the glass.
The Coach is in: Transportation & logistics
SMALL BUSINESS: By Marshall Doak, Director of the Southern Oregon University Small Business Development Center
We can all agree that excellent surface and air transportation systems are essential to conducting profitable businesses, but these are just a portion of the array of elements that need to function well for today’s businesses to be successful. Our economy depends upon these systems in order to remain viable.
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Intermodal facility in Brooks would impact agricultural industry in Willamette Valley
TRANSPORTATION: By Bill Poehler, Salem Statesman Journal
An area west of the Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks is being considered by group including former state representative Kevin Mannix to create Oregon Port of Willamette, an intermodal rail and freight site in Brooks. 
ACTION ALERT: Stop the fires
LEGISLATION: Reform Farm Bill
Support forest management reforms in the Farm Bill. Newsletter from Chamber President & CEO, Brad Hicks
Looking Behind The Vine: A Profile of Two Oregon Wine Experience Medal Winners
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Ashley & Matt Cates, Agate Ridge Vineyard and Anchor Valley
The Oregon Wine Experience is one of the largest wine and culinary celebrations in Oregon. In 2018, over 100 Oregon wineries participated in this multi-day event; some of whom received awards for their incredible wines. Ashley Cates, owner of Cates Consulting and vice president of Rogue Valley Vintners, was involved with two medal-winning wineries — Agate Ridge Vineyard and Anchor Valley — who won a silver and double gold, respectively.
Rep. Walden meets with business leaders to discuss impacts of smoke to the local economy
LEGISLATIVE | ECONOMY | TRAVEL & TOURISM: by Georgia Lawson, KTVL Thursday, August 2nd 2018
"We're a tourist based economy. We're Oregonions. We love the outdoors in the summer. We put up with all the rain and clouds in the winter so we can have a good time outdoors in the summer," Says Rep. Walden.
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