Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. Created at a time when the timber industry's ability to sustain the local economy was beginning to wane, the agency has aided existing businesses and encouraged new ones.
The result has ranged from the much ballyhooed Amy's Kitchen, which now has about 750 employees at its West Antelope Road plant, to lesser-known startups such as The Farming Fish, an aquaponic agricultural enterprise on East Evans Creek Road. In between, SOREDI has loaned Jackson and Josephine County businesses nearly $18 million and spawned a series of entrepreneurial funding efforts that it expects will create new jobs for years to come.
Read more in today's Medford Mail Tribune.