RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, will help businesses start and grow and will create jobs in the southern Willamette Valley.
“We’re up and going,” said Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. Piercy, along with Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and research officials at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have been working on the RAIN proposal for the past two years as part of a Regional Solutions team appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The idea is to pool the resources of the two universities; the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis and Albany; and the business communities throughout Lane, Linn and Benton counties to help entrepreneurs turn new technologies into businesses and to accelerate the growth of promising companies to create well-paid jobs in the region.
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