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Business Oregon Names Assistant Director For Innovation And Entrepreneurship In Residence

Friday, March 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, has hired an assistant director for its

new Innovation & Entrepreneurship division and appointed an entrepreneur in residence.

 

Heather Stafford, executive director for Southern Oregon’s leading economic development nonprofit, will lead Oregon’s innovation strategy.

 

Innovation in industries like bioscience and advanced manufacturing help drive economic prosperity. Each high-tech job produces five additional jobs outside of high-tech. This year, Business Oregon’s 2015 agenda includes expanded funding for the Oregon Innovation Council, the Oregon Growth Board and the Oregon Metals Initiative.

 

Kanth Gopalpur, a Portland entrepreneur and angel investor, will be Business Oregon’s entrepreneur in residence. It’s a volunteer position created to serve as a policy advisor and the agency’s startup ambassador. Entrepreneurs in residence are common among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley but less common in the public sector.

 

“To keep Oregon competitive, we’re placing a high priority on innovation as a core value in Oregon’s statewide economic policies,” said Sean Robbins, Business Oregon’s director. “Heather and Kanth will drive our strategy to accelerate Oregon’s position as a global player in innovation across all

industries.”

 


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