Southern Oregon Business Conference coming up

The 11th Southern Oregon Business Conference, scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Inn at The Commons, will give attendees a chance to look back and catch a glimpse into the future.

Organizer Alex Pawlowski, a former banker now on staff at Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc., reflects back on 2007, when proposals for a Lithia Motors headquarters building, downtown Medford Higher Education Center, Northgate Center and Paradise Ranch were featured.

Southern Oregon Business Conference

Date: Thursday, Jan. 30.

Registration: 1:30 p.m.

Conference program: 2-5:30 p.m.

Where: The Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

Cost: $40 for SOREDI members, $50 for non-members

"Going back to 2007, we showed artists' conceptions of four major projects and all of them were placed on hold," he said, noting that three have now been completed.

"Three out of four isn't bad, I'll take it," Pawlowski said.

Economists point to construction as a key indicator of economic growth, he explained.

"Our two presenters will show economic data that Medford and Bend lead all Oregon economics in robust recoveries," Pawlowski said.

Tim Duy, an economics professor, who compiles state and local economic indexes, is the keynote speaker. He will be joined by Josh Lehner from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

A panel of business leaders: Norm Kester, Quantum Innovations, manufacturing; Jim Teece, Project A, e-commerce technology; Tom Dobry, Lithia Motors, e-commerce retail; Cindy Mayo, Providence Hospital, health care; and Adam Cuppy, Craterian Theater, arts and entertainment, will discuss local economic trends.

— Greg Stiles

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