Administration I joined SOREDI and Business Oregon staff for a dinner with site selection consultants from South Carolina, Texas and New Jersey the week before last. SOREDI does annual tours for site selection consultants and while I can’t assess the likelihood that this tour will lead directly to new business development, SOREDI gains very valuable information about regional marketing efforts and business recruitment strategies. Meanwhile, SOREDI announced at its board meeting this week that it has hired a new “Venture Catalyst,” long-time Rogue Valley business owner Tim Root, who is charged with helping entrepreneurs launch new companies and secure funding resources. This position is only the third of its kind in the state, part of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network efforts in the Portland Metro, Central Oregon and now Southern Oregon regions. There is much discussion in the community of late about problems created downtown by transients and panhandlers. (The subject remains open on Open City Hall for a few more days.) The Council will consider ordinances aimed at strengthening the Police Department’s hand at the Council meeting on Tuesday and will discuss other ideas at an upcoming study session. Ashland is by no means the only community dealing with this problem as is evident from this article in the Eugene Register-Guard. Finally, for those who wonder whether their vote really counts, never doubt, as this article from the Columbia (Missouri) Tribune demonstrates, the power of a single voter. Police Department Chief Tighe O’Meara received a nice note of thanks from a citizen this week (shown below). The note reads: “My name is (redacted). I was standing in front of a police officer at the Ashland Rogue Federal Credit Union this afternoon and I thought why don't I thank him for the great job he does in protecting the citizens in our area, but for some reason I was hesitant to speak to him and have been sorry ever since so I am writing this to thank all of the police officers for putting their lives on the line protecting us.”
On September 7th a man reported that an injury was sustained when he fell off of his bike. A subsequent investigation revealed that he had actually been injured when he broke a window during his burglary of a garage in the Railroad District. The man was charged with burglary, trespassing and criminal mischief.
APD is launching a Facebook page and should have it up and running before too long. After the department gets settled into Facebook, APD will look at other social media services such as Twitter.
Officer Lacie Dahl is off to the academy next week. After she gets back it should be very quick transition to solo patrol. APD’s newest officer, Brent Hegdahl, started this week in a community service officer capacity. He will act as a second CSO while he waits for his academy to start, which should be in November.