The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has awarded grants totaling $116,000 to three businesses that intend to create 66 new jobs.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has awarded grants totaling $116,000 to three businesses that intend to create 66 new jobs.

As part of its Economic Action Initiative, the board granted $50,000 each to CDS Publications of Medford and E-Myth Worldwide of Ashland, and $16,000 to Carrera Motors.

The sums represent $2,000 for each of the 25 jobs that CDS and E-Myth plan to create, and $1,000 for each of the 16 jobs promised by Carrera. According to a county news release, the 66 jobs will have wages ranging from $37,500 to $70,000.

The Economic Action Initiative program was begun by the county in 2011 as an incentive to businesses creating new family-wage jobs. Companies apply for the grants and are reviewed by Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, which passes its recommendation on to the commissioners for final approval.

According to the county news release, in its first year of funding, Jackson County granted $154,000 to five companies that have promised to create a total of 85 jobs, with annual wages exceeding $4 million.

Previous grant recipients include Linde's Electronics and Specialty Gases of White City and Medford-based Core Business Services.

CDS Publications said it plans to create 25 new jobs with wages ranging from $37,500 to $55,643 per year. CDS is part of Consolidated Graphics, one of the world's largest commercial printing companies.

E-Myth Worldwide, which provides business coaching assistance to companies around the globe, said pay for its jobs will range from $38,000 to $70,000 annually. The company is planing to expand its business coaching efforts with the formation of E-Myth Franchises, which will franchise its business model throughout the United States.

Carrera Motors' 16 new jobs come with an average salary of $47,475. Based in Bend, Carrera has expanded to a new facility on Crater Lake Highway.

The company sells and services new and used luxury vehicles.

Jackson County has developed several programs as part of its Economic Action Initiative, including the grant program, a website for businesses at www.jacksoncounty.org/EAI, a quick-response team to meet with interested businesses, an enhanced financial commitment to SOREDI and an investment in the Sustainable Valley Initiative.