Southern Oregon Business Conference set for Jan. 24

The 10th edition of the Southern Oregon Business Conference is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Red Lion in Medford.

Speakers for the event include University of Oregon economist Tim Duy, who will summarize the region's economic trends and make projections specific to Jackson and Josephine counties; and Foote Consulting Group's Russ Ullinger, a national site selection expert who will compare this to other regions in the nation, reviewing strengths and weaknesses. His expert evaluation is intended to help the region be competitive on a national scale as it continues to seek appropriate outside businesses for relocation to Southern Oregon.

The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a reception. The cost is $45 for Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development members and $60 for nonmembers.

For information, go to or call 541-773-8946.

Rogue Valley Realtors award $12,000 to ACCESS program

The Rogue Valley Association of Realtors awarded ACCESS Inc. $12,000 raised at its 2012 Rogue Valley Food and Wine Classic. The money will go to a grant program fund created in 2011. Potential home buyers can apply to ACCESS for assistance with a down payment and closing costs, as well as repairs to property being purchased.

RVAR also donated $4,500 raised at its annual Ashland Golf Tournament and from its HOME Foundation to Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Compiled from staff reports

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