Helping accelerate rural innovation: Business Oregon names latest ROI recipients

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Innovation can occur anywhere. It’s not just something that happens in an urban context. Or in major metropolitan areas. It happens all over. Throughout the state of Oregon. And that’s why Business Oregon has its Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) to help spark and support that activity.

This week Business Oregon announced funding to 11 rural communities to build capacity for entrepreneurship-based economic development, to create and support entrepreneurs and small businesses. The grants will provide $634,642 in funding from the agency’s Rural Opportunities Initiative (ROI). The ROI program unifies and strengthens existing business development resources to build rural prosperity through capacity-building grants.

Under the leadership of Janet Soto Rodriguez, the ROI will be providing grants to support innovation in the following rural communities:

  • Partners for Rural Innovation of Tillamook County (Tillamook, OR): $45,000
  • High Desert Partnership (Hines, OR): $44,400
  • Eight Cities, being led by City of Monroe (Adair Village, Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Monroe, Philomath, and Sweet Home, OR): $70,000
  • Klamath IDEA (Klamath Falls, OR): $55,000
  • Woodburn Downtown Association (Woodburn, OR): $45,000
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College (Coos Bay, OR): $50,000
  • City of Independence (Independence, OR): $70,000
  • City of Veneta (Veneta, OR): $30,000
  • Warm Springs Community Action Team (Warm Springs, OR): $73,242
    Euvalcree (Ontario, OR): $80,000
  • Baker City Hatch, being led by Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (Baker City, OR):$72,000

For more information, see the Business Oregon press release.