Economy

Avista launches SizeUpSouthernOregon

May 5, 2021

Avista Utilities has launched a new service at SouthernOregon.SizeUp.com that will compare your business to your industry competitors and help you find customers, suppliers and competitors in the markets you serve. It will also help you optimize your target advertising and marketing.  According to Steve Vincent, Oregon Regional Business Manager, “Avista recently contracted with business intelligence…

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Oregon’s 2020 Natural Population Increase Was the Lowest on Record

May 5, 2021

By Sarah Cunningham Employment Economist sarah.e.cunningham@oregon.gov In 2020, Oregon’s population increased by 31,655 to 4,268,055. This marked growth of 0.7% over the year and growth of 11.4% since the 2010 Census. Portland State University’s Population Research Center recently released more detailed information on why this population growth has occurred. There are two main reasons that…

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Oregon’s Child Care Industry

May 5, 2021

By Jessica Nelson Employment Economist jessica.r.nelson@oregon.gov Many working parents in Oregon rely on the child care industry for safe, affordable, and educational care for their children. The importance of the industry has been highlighted in the pandemic recession, as child care centers and providers faced new restrictions and risks of providing care in Oregon communities.…

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Technology Reduces Employment in the Printing Industry

May 5, 2021

by Brian Rooney Regional Economist Douglas and Lane counties brian.t.rooney@oregon.gov Employment in printing and related support activities has been on the decline since the late 1990s. Advances in digital technology have contributed to declines in employment in two important ways. First, by changing the marketplace the industry operates in as options to deliver information become…

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March 2021 Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast

March 6, 2021

By Mark McMullen and Josh LehnerOregon Office of Economic Analysis ECONOMIC OUTLOOK  The cycle is different. The nature of the pandemic induced recession lead the economy into a severe shutdown essentially overnight last spring. Since then nearly every economic indicator has looked better than first feared. While the broad contours of the economic outlook remain…

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University of Oregon Central Oregon Business Index®

March 6, 2021

By Timothy A. Duy Director, Oregon Economic Forum Department of Economics, University of Oregon 541-346-4660 · duy@uoregon.edu Fourth Quarter 2020 Analysis The Central Oregon Business Index continued to rise in the fourth quarter despite the winter wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions on business activities. While a broad array of indicators have improved, the…

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Not a GameStop Take

February 4, 2021

Timothy A. Duy Senior Director, Oregon Economic Forum Professor of Practice Department of Economics University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1285 541.346.4660 duy@uoregon.edu I don’t have a take on GameStop. Instead, I have a take on a GameStop take. This kind of commentary (via Axios) is floating around: The current state of financial markets “is a…

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Aspen Dental Expands Access to Dental Care in Bend, OR

January 5, 2021

Aspen Dental has officially opened its doors in Bend, Oregon with the opening of a brand-new office, bringing a new local dentist to their community. This is the 15th Aspen Dental practice in the state of Oregon, as Aspen Dental continues to break down barriers and bring comprehensive, affordable care to patients across the country.…

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HOW COVID IS CHANGING OUR BUYING HABITS

January 5, 2021

By Josh Lehner, Oregon Office of Economic Analysis OK, this was fun. Willamette Week is out with a set of articles highlighting some of the sectors of the economy that are doing quite well this year, despite the pandemic and recession. My hat’s off the Aaron Mesh and company for their ability to turn my…

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Ashland Chamber launches new eCommerce site for all Brick and Mortar stores in Ashland

December 21, 2020

Like the rest of us, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work pivoting to stay alive while continuing to reach out and help Ashland’s small business economy in every way it can, since the shutdowns started in March. Thanks to a Grant from Business Oregon, and a passionate and experienced online expert…

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Ashland community launches new site to attract the next generation of workers and employers to town

November 6, 2020

When the pandemic sent us all working from home, many of the high tech workers in the big cities realized that they could work from anywhere and many started looking. A group of folks came together in Ashland to create a video series that told the story of living and working remotely in Ashland with…

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New Telecommunications Firm Expanding in Klamath Falls

November 6, 2020

Klamath Falls, OR (November 5th, 2020) – Today, the Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA) publicly announced that the KRTelecom Group has started new operations in Klamath Falls and is expected to expand substantially in the next few months. Working with partners such as Verizon, Spectrum, and AT&T, KRTelecom offers consulting services to help businesses…

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