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Oregon’s Rural Counties Haven’t Recovered From the Great Recession, Report Finds

The Oregon Center for Public Policy found that rosy statewide unemployment figures don’t capture difficulties in rural counties.

Electric Car-Share Program Coming Soon to Rural Oregon

“I believe that if we’re going to clean up the transportation sector, then it has to start everywhere. We can’t rely on early adopters anymore,” said Kelly Yearick, program manager at Forth. “And I think rural communities have just as much, if not more, to benefit from electric transportation.”

A ‘Radical’ Approach to Sustaining Rural Communities – September 19-20 in Keene, New Hampshire

Last year, more than 500 people from 21 states signed up for the inaugural conference, which featured sessions on entrepreneurship, working lands, main streets and downtowns, arts and culture and community journalism. This year, renewable energy has been added as a track.

States Can Foster Job Growth if Lifelong Learning is at Play

I was with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock when he released the newest National Governors Association report, “Governor’s Action Guide to Achieving Good Jobs for All Americans,” at the opening session of NGA’s summer meeting.

Portland, Oregon Based R2C Group Has Launched a Marketing Accelerator for Female-Founded Startups – SheScales

SheScales, a marketing accelerator designed to provide performance marketing, brand strategy, research and creative expertise to participants.

Oregon invests $2 billion in education – and early education

“…now we can finally invest in an education system to empower every single student on the path to realizing their dreams for the future,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said in a Tweet.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown establishes rural broadband office

“I think once we dig in we’ll find out that there’s a digital divide along other lines, socioeconomic and cultural lines.”

Rural Oregon joins push for faster internet

The internet provided wouldn’t quite match the fiber optic connections offered in bigger cities, Cikanek said, but it would be a major boost for rural areas across the country, many of which have yet to emerge from the copper-cable, dial-up era.

The Portland Innovation Quadrant

The mission of the IQ is to bring together industry, education, and government in a coordinated effort to create the conditions where innovation, equity, and economic growth can prosper through geographic proximity.

Virtual Incubation Program looks to help rural entrepreneurs

Rural entrepreneurs with a promising business idea could win $1000 at the conclusion of an eight week Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) beginning Thursday offered by the Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) with sponsorship from the Oregon Community Foundation.

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