|Software Association of Oregon pursues grant|
|Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:39|
The Software Association of Oregon submitted a proposal for a federal Small Business Administration grant to promote tech in “regional innovation clusters,” or non-urban areas of concentrated industry.
The grant would provide $600,000 in the first year, and the grant winner will be announced in mid-September.
The implications for the state are notable, if not only for the possibility of near-immediate results. Oregon’s technology communities are concentrated in relatively isolated pockets all over the state. If awarded the grant, the SAO would create a program to offer structured events in the three territories where they have a presence – the Mid-Willamette Valley (Corvallis), the Southern Willamette Valley (Eugene/Lane County) and Central Oregon (Bend). Events would include networking functions, technical Q&A forums, guest speakers, panel discussions and other events depending on the needs of the area. Nees’ hope is that as these organized programs continue to add value to their communities, they will eventually become self-sustaining.