The Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network announced last week that it has hired Corey Wright as a dedicated venture catalyst and Brad Attig as a part-time funding catalyst to serve the eight cities in Linn and Benton counties that were awarded a grant through Business Oregon’s Rural Opportunities Initiative.

The eight participating communities, which also include Adair Village, Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Monroe and Sweet Home.

RAIN will host the Linn-Benton Collaborative Launch Event from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at Halsey Memorial Park (300 West O St.) in Halsey. In addition, the organization will hold a “happy hour” event from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Nectar Creek in Philomath. To RSVP for the events, join the Linn-Benton Meetup group at www.meetup.com/Startup-Linn-Benton.

Wright is an Oregon State University graduate who founded a game-publishing startup and Attig is a longtime Albany resident with experience in creative business strategy and digitial marketing ideas.

RAIN venture catalysts connect regional entrepreneurs with strategic resources for launching and scaling business ventures, including mentor connections, educational and training programs and access to capital.

RAIN was founded by the Oregon Regional Solutions network and was funded by the Legislature to advance the formation of high-growth start-up companies in Lane, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.

— Philomath Express

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