Economic Development

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Idaho’s startup hub? Turns out it’s Coeur d’Alene

Credit: Sharon Fisher, Idaho Business Review What’s the metropolitan startup hub of Idaho? Turns out it’s Coeur d’Alene. That’s according to the Brookings Institution, which recently examined the Inc. 5000 list of startups nationwide. Brookings looked at the cities with the fastest growth and made geographic conclusions, such as how many […]

Mind to Market: Filling a startup funding gap in Spokane

Credit: Kevin Blocker, Spokane Journal A handful of Spokane-area investors, including a mix of organizations and individuals, has developed Mind to Market LLC to invest in early-stage startups—and to fill a gap in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Steve Trabun, Avista Corp.’s regional business manager who also serves as a liaison […]

Winning B.C.-led supercluster bid to create thousands of B.C. jobs

Credit: BC Gov., Media Relations British Columbia’s innovation ecosystem received a huge boost today with the selection of a B.C.-based digital supercluster consortium to share a portion of $950 million in federal innovation funding, announced Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston. “Today is truly a landmark day for tech […]

OSU-Cascades names executive director of Innovation Co-Lab

Credit: Cascade Business News Adam Krynicki recently joined Oregon State University – Cascades as the first executive director of the Innovation Co-Lab, a new center at the Bend campus that will support innovative start up companies. Prior to joining OSU-Cascades, Krynicki was director of technology and energy at the Alaska […]

Cascade Angels Expands Management Team for Latest Fund

Credit: Bend Chamber of Commerce Cascade Angels has announced that their latest fund, Fund V, will be managed by 44North Ventures LLC, under the leadership of Julie Harrelson and Robert Pease. Now in its fifth year, the Cascade Angels’ ongoing mission is to create regional opportunities for select investors and […]

The Right Way to Support Your City’s Local Startups

Credit: David Zipper, 1776 Venture Fund HQ2—Amazon’s very public search for a second headquarters in North America—has attracted applications from over 200 citiesoffering an array of taxpayer subsidies as part of their pitch. But the expense and distraction of the HQ2 competition have also created a backlash, as skeptics question whether corporate relocation […]

Eugene-Springfield, Oregon added to US Ignite Inc. Smart Gigabit Communities Program

Credit: US Ignite, https://www.us-ignite.org/news/us-ignite-inc-adds-new-communities-to-growing-smart-gigabit-communities-program/?sthash.KzfmANqI.mjjo US Ignite, Inc., is thrilled to announce five additional communities to our Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program roster: Eugene-Springfield, Oregon; Lexington, Kentucky; Lincoln, Nebraska; Red Wing, Minnesota; and San Francisco Bay Area, California. Each of these communities brings a new and diverse perspective to our growing SGC […]

Ex-Google exec Matt Dunne has a plan to create a string of tech hubs across rural America

Credit: Anna Hensel, Venture Beat It’s no secret that while Silicon Valley is gaining jobs, rural America is losing them. A September report from the Economic Innovation Group found that nearly 90 percent of the ZIP codes in the U.S. that qualify as “economically distressed” have fewer than 50,000 people. There […]

Mozilla Announces $83,000 in Grants for Creative Gigabit Projects in Eugene, Oregon

Credit: Mozilla, Medium Today, the nonprofit Mozilla is announcing $83,000 to support five creative, educational technology projects in the city of Eugene. Mozilla is partnering with local nonprofits, schools, and companies, furnishing grants between $12,000 and $28,000. “We’re focusing on projects that leverage gigabit internet speeds — up to 250x average speeds — to make a […]