A $50,000 donation from the Jackson County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday will help kick-start a local effort to attract and assist high-tech, clean energy businesses. The “Sustainable Valley” initiative would brand Jackson County as the place to come to start a high-tech business and create family-wage jobs while buffering the area from sharp and prolonged economic downturns. “We thought this was the best and brightest idea we’ve heard in a long time,” Commissioner C.W. Smith said. 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.
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