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Winter 2020 Internship Showcase

Winter 2020 Internship Showcase

This term 13 interns worked on a variety of projects supporting fire relief, local community organizations, and self-leadership. Interns presented their projects on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Below are descriptions and links to each presentation, then the full showcase video is embedded at the end 

Front Page News!

Front Page News!

Local Innovation Lab interns are making a real difference in our valley’s recovery from the twin disasters of 2020.  Their impact was recently featured in our local newspaper. The article features Local Innovation Lab intern Hannah Brandt, who worked with the City of Phoenix to 

Community Investment Fund Update February 2020

Community Investment Fund Update February 2020

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on our exploratory work to establish a community investment fund.

Since our meeting in November, we undertook – with able guidance from Tonya Graham – a “Done in a Day” strategic planning exercise to articulate our diagnosis of the current reality for the start-up or expansion of local small business and focus our efforts to connect the current reality to our future vision. I am attaching the output from that meeting.

View a pdf version of the vision here

Beginning in January, we have been very fortunate to have Brian Chu on our team for 10 weeks. Brian has a degree in economics from SOU. He is taking Stephen Sloan’s class in humane leadership this term and is an intern through the Local Innovation Lab.

In the last few weeks, Brian completed an extensive review of sources of finance for start-up or expansion of small business. His geographic focus has been on Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix. Brian’s research will help pinpoint gaps as they emerge from interviews with local business people. We want to hear from them directly the types of hurdles they face in securing business advice and financial assistance to implement their ideas. Brian will spend the next few weeks interviewing local entrepreneurs, so please send us contact information for people you may know who are looking for assistance starting or expanding their business.

Finally, Brian is also collecting examples of community investment funds elsewhere that could inform our decision-making process as we design our offerings for both entrepreneurs and local investors. What underwriting guidelines work best, what forms of investment returns appeal most to community-minded small investors, and how can we build community around innovation, equity, and entrepreneurship in our area?

Once we have finished rounding out the picture, we plan to convene another meeting to share our findings with you and define next steps to identify our first cohort of entrepreneurs and bring in potential investors to support them.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Autumn 2020 Internship Showcase

Autumn 2020 Internship Showcase

In the wake of Covid-19 and recent wildfires in our valley, our first cohort of ten students has been working to meet the essential needs of ​our community​ and create new local jobs. In the process, the students have been diving into their own humane 

Local Innovation Lab Internships Autumn 2020

Local Innovation Lab Internships Autumn 2020

This term 10 interns worked on six projects to support fire relief and capacity building within our organization. Post Almeda Fire Community Rebuild Opportunities Interns: Jesse Jo, Karina, Kadyn, MakaylaClients: Linda Tetreault The original objective of this project was to create land asset maps of 

Fire Preparedness

Fire Preparedness


Download the PulsePoint app. We follow both Jackson County Fire District #5 and Ashland Fire & Rescue.

RyanWeather.com on Facebook. Focused on weather forecasting and climatology within Southern Oregon and Northern California. He also provides updates on local and regional wildfires during the summer months. You won’t find a more accurate weather source for our region.

Jackson County Police and Fire Live Scanner Audio

Active Fire Map from oregon.gov

Trip Check for Oregon road incidents, closures, and cameras

AirNow for regular AQI updates and smoke map

Jackson County Live Scanner UpdatesTranscribed This link may need to be updated, as the thread is replaced when it has 1,000 comments. Scroll to bottom of the thread for next link.

Ashland Fire Department Air Pollution – Bit delayed, but has every-three-hour, six-day forecasts of wind direction and speed

We enjoy the mesmerizing depiction of global wind currents at Windfinder.

ALMEDA FIRE RESOURCES

ALMEDA FIRE RESOURCES

Here is a collection of ways to help and receive help that we have been sent by the Rogue Valley community. This Google document has so much information, updated regularly, in one place for those wanted to give and those looking for gifts:    Here 

Local Innovation Works: Mayoral Candidate Interviews 2020

Local Innovation Works: Mayoral Candidate Interviews 2020

As the November election approaches, we face a choice of tracks to travel toward our shared future. In this important moment, we wanted to contribute to the community’s consideration of candidates. We believe that the agenda-setting and convening power of the mayor is crucial as