Economy

NOAH finds new liquified natural gas pipeline in Oregon will not jeopardize species.

February 2, 2020

By michael.milstein@noaa.gov at www.noaa.gov/ NOAA Fisheries has issued a final biological opinion on construction and operation of the Jordan Cove terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, and the associated 229-mile long Pacific Connector Liquid Natural Gas pipeline. After conducting a thorough review, NOAA scientists determined that the proposed action does not jeopardize protected species or adversely…

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Employment Report Keeps Fed On Track

February 2, 2020

By Tim Duy DUY@UOREGON.EDU If you were looking for something exciting out of this labor report, you were disappointed. Mostly it is is a continuation of recent trends that will encourage the Fed to retain their basic optimism while providing them no reason to change course. Probably most important for policy was the weak nominal…

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In Defense of Dumb Cities

February 2, 2020

By Michael McGinn It is a recurring trend, occasionally rising to craze, to imagine that cities will be transformed by technology into entirely different places. Seattle has been participating since its world fair in 1962 (monorails and jetpacks anyone?) and most recently with a tech advisory board to tap into the expertise of local wizards at Amazon,…

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The Myth of Bend’s Timber-to-Tourism Transition

December 3, 2019

by Damon Runberg You may have heard this story before. Bend was a timber town, but after the demise of the timber industry, the regional economy shifted to tourism to replace those timber jobs. The vast ponderosa forests outside of town attracted mills that sustained the town for much of its history. The present location…

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Economic Outlook: It’s Complicated

December 3, 2019

Grant D. Forsyth, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Avista gave a riveting talk at the November, Medford Chamber of Commerce Forum to over 200 business people. The title of his talk was “Economic Outlook: It’s Complicated”.  He presented several slides to prove his title to be true. Our Economy in Southern Oregon is complicated.  He started…

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$75-million 5th Street Public Market expansion project in Eugene on track to open fall 2020.

November 4, 2019

By Jim Teece We are getting quite a few requests about the photo on the cover of the November 2019 issue. We received the photo as part of a press release package from the Obie Companies talking about retail on 5th street marketplace and we thought it was very appropriate to have as the cover…

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New Poll: Most Businesses Do Not Think a Recession is Coming in Near Future

November 1, 2019

By Refresh Leadership on October 11, 2019 in Executive Insights, Surveys, Polls, and Infographics An overwhelming majority of business leaders surveyed in a new Express Employment Professionals poll don’t expect a recession within the next six months, despite increased media focus on the possibility of an upcoming downturn. In the survey, just 4% expect a…

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Medford Feature: History, Business and Change

April 1, 2019

From the Portland-Seattle and San Francisco – Sacramento metropolitan centers, draw a 500-mile radius North and South and they cross in the Rogue Valley. We have the good fortune of being a day’s drive from either major economy. Businesses in our area are connected to both economies. Being on the I-5 corridor is a life…

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Occupations that Pay More in Southwestern Oregon

April 1, 2019

by Sarah Cunningham When looking for a job in your field, determining which region pays the most could be a sound strategy. In 2018, there were 27 occupations where workers in Southwestern Oregon earned higher median wages than in any other region in the state. In 2017, 6 percent of workers in the region, or…

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Where Have the Adventurers Gone? Recent Trends in Oregon Entrepreneurship

November 1, 2018

By: Henry Fields If you’ve ever struggled to spell “entrepreneur” you might know that it’s a term borrowed from French. It’s too bad that an early English-language equivalent, “adventurer,” didn’t catch on. The term perfectly captures the swashbuckling, eccentric personality needed to start a business (and it’s easier to spell). Though English needed the loanword,…

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RIVER’S END CONSTRUCTION BUILDING A SUCCESS STORY

August 1, 2018

By Gary Milliman Attention to detail in both workmanship and customer relations is how general contractor Brent Hodges of Brookings has grown his business. A Brookings native who left town after high school to pursue an engineering degree, Hodges worked a variety of jobs in the building trades for several years before returning to Brookings…

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