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Interview: Dorie Vickery of Sheridan School District

By | February 16, 2023

What excites you about educating in Sheridan?    We have a very mission-driven staff who work incredibly hard for our students. Plus, they know how to serve their community and build trust, which has been important going through and coming out of COVID. I started as superintendent in July of 2020, so my entire tenure…

3 Tips to Building A Career In AgTech

By | January 3, 2023

AgTech Career: Three Tips from Tim Ray of Chemeketa Community College Tip #1: Think Career, Not Job  “A job is something you do to collect a paycheck. A career is something you would do even if you weren’t getting paid. It is something you do very well so you can earn a good living from…

3 Tips to Install New Tech in Your Ag Business

By | January 3, 2023

AgTech Adoption: Three Tips from Jeff Freeman of Marion Ag Services   Tip #1: Know Your Numbers  “As anyone in the agriculture business knows, new equipment-even relatively simple and mechanically-based ones-are a significant investment. So, before you make that investment, look very closely at your operation. Dig deep into your numbers. Ask yourself hard questions and…

2023: Willamette Valley Economic Development Outlook

By | January 3, 2023

Obstacles Tight Labor Market + Workforce Woes¬† At the time of writing this, the current national unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.7%. In Oregon, the rate stands at 4.1%. ¬† Even with headlines of mass layoffs and hiring freezes, most employers are still struggling to find workers, highly skilled or otherwise. To attract talent,…

McMinnville Based Concrete Climate Moonshot Consortium Wins High Impact Opportunity Project Grant

By | December 22, 2022

Business Oregon, through InC – Oregon Innovation Council, awarded Concrete Climate Moonshot Consortium, a project developed by McMinnville-based company Solid Carbon, Oregon State University, municipal partners City of McMinnville and City of Portland, industry partners, two trade associations, and local economic development organization MEDP, $241,936 in High Impact Opportunity Project (HIOP) grant funding. The funds…

SEDCOR + AgLaunch: Pacific Northwest Regional Innovation Cluster

By | December 20, 2022

New Pacific Northwest Regional Innovation Cluster to Focus on Food and Agriculture A new Pacific Northwest Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will focus on growing small businesses and catalyzing innovation and technologies in the agriculture and food sectors. Formation of the new RIC was announced by managing partners …

Region of Innovation: Solid Carbon

By | December 14, 2022

The Obstacle John Mead knows concrete. He’s worked with it for years to build his high-end fire tables under the brand of Vesuvian Forge. The positive qualities are obvious: strength, beauty, and versatility. But John Mead and his team at Solid Carbon understand something else about concrete: it is a major contributor to global carbon…

Cybersecurity Educational Forum: 3 Big Takeaways

By | October 20, 2022

On Wednesday, October 12th, we hosted our first back-in-person Educational Forum at the Keizer Community Center. The topic: cybersecurity. Cybersecurity and cybercrime are growing concerns for more businesses, nonprofits, and civic organizations. As more valuable data is collected and stored, more cybercriminals find more creative ways to hack, steal, and profit from that data. Our…

How to Build a Career in Blockchain

By | September 13, 2022

Blockchain could possibly be one of the most revolutionary technologies to be developed in our lifetime. It has the potential to change the way the world exchanges value, protects assets, tracks goods across supply chains, and executes contracts; that’s just a small sample of the current use cases! Unfortunately, the world of blockchain is confusing…

Who Is A Farmer: Short Doc Video

By | July 26, 2022

Let’s dive deep into the world of the independent, family-owned farm. Who Is A Farmer: Molly McCargar of Pearmine Farms “I think people think farming is easy.” Molly McCargar is a fourth-generation farmer at Pearmine Farms in Gervais, Oregon. Gervais is just outside of Salem, in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Pearmine Farms is…


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