Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN)

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The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (Oregon RAIN) leverages the regional strengths of the South Willamette Valley to generate innovation-based companies. Partners include the state of Oregon, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Valley Regional Solutions Center, as well as the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis and Albany, and economic development organizations. Mixed-use spaces near existing university research facilities provide a mix of fully equipped labs and offices, financing assistance and business consultation services. RAIN provides emerging companies with the human resources and infrastructure they need to succeed and helps researchers and technologists spin off new private companies that create jobs for Oregonians.

 

  • The acronym for a new economic initiative in the southern Willamette Valley—the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN—is as apropos as it gets. Funded by the state last July to the tune of $3.75 million, RAIN is intended to green our economy, just as nature's rain greens our land.
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    Nathan Lillegard, program manager of the University of Oregon’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, recently wrote a Guest Viewpoint in The Register-Guard about Oregon RAIN and how it could help Eugene emerge as a vibrant community for building companies.
  • Chuck Williams
    Partners in the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) began painting a more detailed picture of what the initiative could look like
  • RAIN, the Oregon University Research Information Collaboratory and the Metals Manufacturing Initiative will all engage Oregon’s universities in helping businesses succeed.
  • Oregon Rain Op-Ed - Aug. 11
    Nathan Lillegard, program manager of the UO's Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, examines the implications of the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN
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    Testimony concerning the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network.