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  • Umpqua Bank recognized for social-media excellence

  • Independent Community Bankers of America named Umpqua Bank the nation's top Community Bank Leader in Social Media for the second year in a row.
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  • Independent Community Bankers of America named Umpqua Bank the nation's top Community Bank Leader in Social Media for the second year in a row.
    Nearly 6,500 community banks throughout the nation were eligible to be part of ICBA's list. No other Oregon bank was on the list. Riverview Community Bank of Vancouver, Wash., and Silicon Valley Bank of Santa Clara, Calif., were the only other West Coast institutions to make the list.
    Banks were chosen based on their engagement with fans and followers, the content distributed on their social-media platforms, the number of fans and followers they have, and the frequency of posting new content.
    A complete list of the ICBA social-media leaders can be found at www.icba.org/smleaders.
    Organic frozen-food producer Amy's Kitchen will benefit from a new trade agreement with South Korea.
    The U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Agriculture signed an agreement with Korea that will allow processed food products certified to U.S. organic standards to be sold in Korea as organic without having to go through a separate certification process.
    The agreement restores access for organic processed food to a growing Korean market by removing an expensive and time-consuming barrier that rose in January, making it all but impossible for American companies to sell processed food products labeled as organic in Korea.
    The founder of Amy's Kitchen, which operates a White City processing plant serving distant markets, praised the new agreement.
    "We are especially encouraged that the larger shared values and practices relative to organic and sustainable food production between us are no longer overshadowed by minor, technical differences," Amy's founder Andy Berliner said in a statement. "This reopening of the market provides new opportunities for Amy's products in the Korean market, creating jobs in our U.S. production facilities and making our organic offerings available to the many Korean consumers who are seeking a higher-quality, organic, vegetarian meal option."
    CENTRAL POINT — Marcia Gohman of the National Tenant Network will provide screening insights and training during a noon Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association gathering at Twin Creeks Retirement Center, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Tuesday, July 8.
    Pre-registration is required on or before Monday, July 7, by calling 541-842-7676.
    Southern Oregon Rental Owners Association reported a 1.83 percent vacancy rate during June.
    The figure matches the lowest vacancy rate of the year, achieved in March, in what has been consistently a strong rental market.
    SOROA members said there were 91 vacancies out of 4,985 reporting units. The May rate was 2.4 percent, while it was 2.28 percent in June 2013.
    The next SOROA meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Twin Creeks Retirement Center, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, in Central Point.
    Energy Trust of Oregon said it helped with clean energy improvements at 69,000 locations in 2013, providing technical assistance and cash incentives.
    The organization said it helped save $309 million in utility costs, including $2.4 million at 8,680 locations in Southern Oregon.
    Since 2002, the Energy Trust has added $3 billion to Oregon's economy, including $930 million in wages, $180 million in small-business income and 2,500 jobs lasting a decade.
    Compiled from staff reports
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