G.P. City Council hears report on industry prospects from SOREDI
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop heard a presentation from SOREDI regarding projects and figures representing the organizationís last six years promoting economic development in Grants Pass and Josephine County.
According to data presented by SOREDI, 60 different businesses considered relocating or starting operations in Josephine County, 21 of these companies visited the county and three finally opened their business in the area. These three businesses added 355 jobs for the county.
Councilor Lily Morgan was concerned about the return on investment the council receives for allocating membership dues to SOREDI citing the three businesses out of 60 that came to the area. SOREDI representatives said that 80 percent of SOREDIís work is focused on promoting and expanding current businesses in the county and those figures arenít entirely representative of the growth these already local businesses experienced through SOREDIís facilitation.
Councilor Dennis Webber inquired about what the biggest barriers to job growth in the area are and SOREDI Executive Director Ron Fox said a trained and qualified work force and industrial land. He said the city needs to pay careful attention to its supply of usable industrial land and local educational organizations such as Rogue Community College need to have continued focus on providing training for industrial positions.
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