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Innovation Technology in Southern Oregon Southern OR | July 2023 H ello Friends! Dave Tribbett here, founder and ED of Southern Oregon Research and Innovation Network or SORIN for short. If you have not

All of this grows the tax base with no new taxes allowing us to care for those that are most in need in addition to investment in competitive educational offerings as well as investment in local companies and startups. “These investments help fund education, and the funded startups provide great jobs with good pay, benefits etc.”

heard about us, here is a little bit about what we are doing and what SORIN’s purpose is. SORIN is a 501C3 focused on improvements to STEAM education, workforce development and support for local tech startups. We do this by partnering with other local organizations and filling in the gaps in services. This is done in alignment with the SORIN mission. An example of this is the coding camps that we started in 2022. The program consisted of 7 months of Python and Python for Data Science. In 2023 we are doing a 4-month Python program and a summer program that is 4 months of JavaScript. In 2024 we plan to launch “Intro to AI” so stay tuned!

The way to make all of this move faster and be more viable is to de-silo education, employment pathways and to showcase the awesome companies we have in the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon. One of the things we will be doing is writing stories

If you know me or have talked with me, you know that I have been thinking about and talking a lot about the benefits of having an exciting, vibrant, and innovative community. If you

about some of the companies and organizations located in the Rogue Valley. We will also be putting together a very special event where we can showcase the exciting things we have going on and the great opportunities that are here in our own community! We hope that you, the reader, will join us on this mission! To learn more about the work we are doing and to support us check out and email us at contact@ sorin.chairty to learn more! We need your help to make the SORIN mission a reality so that our community is better positioned to take part in the quickly growing tech driven economy! n

don’t know me then you may ask why is this important Dave? It is simple really… when I was young growing up in Southern California, I remember how my young friends would have an idea of what they wanted to do when they got out into the workforce and would live on their own. They were excited about the opportunity that innovation brought to an area that created a vibrant energy. This definitely drives education, investment, and startups! Consequently, these investments help fund education, and the funded startups provide great jobs with good pay, benefits etc. We need clear paths from education to a job/ career or starting our own business. An important key is training and retraining a highly skilled workforce to adjust to the changing needs of a tech driven economy. A highly skilled workforce makes it possible to start and scale a tech-based company and recruit companies to our area.


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