Jackson boosts high tech

Jackson County’s Sustainable Valley initiative aims to foster tech jobs.

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Jackson County jump-started their “Sustainable Valley” initiative Wednesday with a $50,000 donation from the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.

The initiative is designed to brand the county as an area to start a high-tech business in order to bring family-wage jobs and protect the county from economic downturns.

The brainchild of Jackson County officials, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. and local businesses, the plan would create an organization to provide office space, support services and even line up venture capital to help launch emerging businesses.

The Sustainable Valley idea is modeled after similar ventures in Sunnyvale, Calif. and Sonoma County, Calif.

Read more at The Mail Tribune.

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