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Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies

For entrepreneurs in the south Willamette Valley an organization, cleverly called RAIN, is aiming a spotlight on the resources available in communities south of Portland and gathering momentum for its own funding vehicle.

The Oregon Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network ( RAIN) formally started in May and since then the board and its executive director Jim Coonan have been busy gathering resources and convening stakeholders…

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Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies. Portland Business Journal. September 15, 2014.

Peek inside PSU’s future-worthy portable classroom (Photos)

Portable classrooms, the bane of students and teachers everywhere, are getting a green makeover courtesy Portland State University.

Margarette Leite, a PSU professor of architecture, initiated a project to reimagine the temporary classrooms as healthy, clean places for their inhabitants…

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Peek inside PSU's future-worthy portable classroom (Photos). Portland Business Journal. September 5, 2014.

First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in schools

As students file back into school this fall, some will be studying in green modular classrooms designed at Portland State University.

The first batch of the innovative portable classrooms are being deployed at five schools in the Edmonds School District in Washington and the Corvallis Waldorf School…

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First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in schools. Portland Tribune. September 2, 2014.

Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property

Bureau Plans to Develop 25-Acre Site for Off-Road Biking

(Portland, OR) –

An island of unused land at the confluence of two freeways takes another step towards becoming a new city park in east Portland, and a regional off-road biking destination.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has acquired the 25-acre Gateway Green property, with plans, in concert with Friends of Gateway Green, to build an off-road biking facility on the land. Portland City Council unanimously today authorized the land transfer from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) using funds from System Development Charges (SDCs), not tax dollars…

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Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property. The City of Portland. August 27th, 2014.

Eight companies start in business accelerator

Eight companies were in the inaugural class of the Eugene RAIN business accelerator that launched Monday.

The accelerator is an intensive 12-week mentorship and business development program.

The program is part of a broader state-backed economic development initiative called RAIN, which stands for Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network…

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Eight companies start in business accelerator. The Register-Guard. July 15, 2014.

New SE Portland education center, housing development for Native American foster care children moves forward

A program to provide stable housing and a positive learning environment for Native American children in foster care reached a turning point this week.

City, state and county officials – plus others, including an architecture firm, the Native American Youth and Family Center and the Lents neighborhood – signed a “Declaration of Cooperation” Monday during a celebration at the former Foster Elementary School…

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New SE Portland education center, housing development for Native American foster care children moves forward. The Oregonian. July 8, 2014.

Portland Funds Study Of Columbia River Levee Repairs

Portland city council members authorized  $1.4 million in bonds to pay for a study of the levees along the south bank of the Columbia River on Wednesday. The study will focus on an 11-mile stretch of levees that protects industrial land and neighborhoods in North Portland…

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Portland Funds Study Of Columbia River Levee Repairs. OPB. May 28, 2014.

Startup ‘evangelist’ tapped to lead RAIN

Last fall, Joe Maruschak was among the skeptics concerning RAIN, the state-backed Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network that wants to help create startups and jobs in the southern Willamette Valley.

Back then, he and others at the Fertilab Thinkubator business incubator he co-founded in Eugene “were shadow boxing a ghost,” he said. They wondered, “What is RAIN doing? An incubator? An accelerator?”

They just knew RAIN was making it hard to raise funds for Fertilab because potential donors inevitably would ask, “What about RAIN?”…

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Startup ‘evangelist’ tapped to lead RAIN. The Register Guard. May 6, 2014.

RAIN board gets expertise from all corners of business

The 10-member board overseeing RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, in the south Willamette Valley pulls expertise from private industry, as well as from local government and universities. The majority of votes on the board will be held by the people with business experience.

The so-called “ex-officio” directors, chosen because of their positions, include Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning; Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy; Rick Spinrad, Oregon State University vice president of research; and Kimberly Andrews Espy, University of Oregon vice president of research and innovation….

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RAIN board gets expertise from all corners of business. The Register Guard. May 6, 2014.

Help for businesses takes new approach

RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network that aims to help businesses start, grow and create jobs in the southern Willamette Valley, is gaining traction and hopes soon to start tapping the $3.75 million the Oregon Legislature approved for the project nearly a year ago.

Its executives and board are in place. It has filed the paperwork to be a nonprofit organization. Sixteen companies are in the hybrid incubator/accelerator in Corvallis, and Eugene hopes to launch its accelerator by June.

“We’re up and going,” said Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. Piercy, along with Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and research officials at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have been working on the RAIN proposal for the past two years as part of a Regional Solutions team appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber…

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Help for businesses takes new approach. THe Register Guard. May 6, 2014.