SOREDI hosts SOBC: Igniting Innovation: Building High Impact Communities Event

Business owners and community leaders learned how to attract Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based companies to Jackson and Josephine counties.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2019 10:52 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- About 250 people filled Inn at the Commons Thursday to learn how to better grow their businesses, and improve economic growth in Jackson and Josephine counties. 

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) hosted it's 16th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference. 

The event featured several speakers, including:

-Tim Duy, the senior director of the Oregon Economic Forum and the author of the University of Oregon Statewide Economic indicators. 

-Mary Hebert, WAVTEQ's senior vice president for North America 

-John Darrow, the senior principle engineer at Amazon

-Rob O'Neill, CPA and partner at Moss Adams Portland

Hebert spoke to NewsWatch 12 and focused her speech on how our area could attract companies based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. 

She said it takes several things to bring those type of companies here. 

"There is labor, there's infrastructure, but a lot of it is also just the feel of the cities, and each one has a different personality," Hebert said. 

The president of SOREDI's board of directors said this is also a great opportunity to learn from other business owners.

"Every year we have this amazing roster of speakers but we also have a lot of people with the opportunity to network together for us to kind of compare notes," Steve Vincent, president of the SOREDI board, said. "What's your organization doing this year or this week versus mine?" 

To read more about SOREDI's event, CLICK HERE. 

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