Even the largest companies start out small, but a new state-sponsored initiative just getting off the ground aims to help tech start-ups from the Corvallis and Eugene areas play in the big leagues by leveraging the strengths of both communities in a regional approach to economic development.

The venture has a cumbersome name — the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network — that compresses down to a catchy acronym: Oregon RAIN.

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