Tag Archives: Economic Impact

As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

Extreme weather cost Americans over $300 billion last year. Scientists say climate change will bring more of that. Entrepreneurs and businesses see a new market in gauging risk. Predicting how climate change will alter the weather is becoming a flourishing business. The consumers are property owners and businesses that fear a rise in extreme weather […]
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Coachella Festival Faces Lawsuit Claiming Unlawful Practices

Goldenvoice, the parent company of the Coachella Festival, has been sued by Portland music festival Soul’d Out over a clause that allegedly gives Coachella a seasonal monopoly on West Coast live music. The clause in question, known as the “radius clause,” prevents artists from playing at other festivals or “themed events” within a 1,300 mile […]
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China is winning the 5G race

The first country to deploy and commercialize the ultra-fast mobile networks will have an enormous economic advantage. There’s a race to 5G and the U.S. is not winning — China and South Korea are, according to a report conducted by research firm Analysys Mason and released today by CTIA, the wireless industry association. Source: China is winning […]
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Oregon’s Trade with China (Graph of the Week)

This morning I am giving a presentation to the Port of Portland Commission. The overall presentation focuses on the economic outlook. However, given current events, tweets, and the Port’s missions and goals, there is also a focus on international trade. Oregon regularly ranks as the 10th to 15th most trade-dependent state in the nation, depending […]
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Steel, aluminum tariffs create fluctuating market for local industries

Metal fabrication, construction and other industries are affected by rising steel prices. New tariffs on steel and aluminum have been suspended for several of the United States’ biggest trading partners until May as details are being worked out, leaving many economists and industries still guessing on what the final impacts will be. Source: Steel, aluminum […]
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Editorial: Is there a method to Trump’s trade madness?

All of this comes as farmers and ranchers in the Pacific Northwest who depend on trade have found themselves left out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact and left wondering how they will be impacted by the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the Trump […]
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Take time to recognize the work of Mid-Valley farmers

March 18-24 was National Ag Week, a time when people were encouraged to appreciate the important role agriculture plays in their daily lives and the economic impact it has in Oregon. But for me, a farmer’s wife, every week is Ag Week. Source: Take time to recognize the work of Mid-Valley farmers

Our view: Environment vs. economy

Oregon’s environment and economy are in a political battle. The saving grace may be a new legislative committee, which House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney are forming to find a solution. The issue is legislation dubbed “Clean Energy Jobs” by its supporters and derided as “Tax and Job Loss” by its opponents […]
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National forest visitors spend $448 million a year in Oregon communities

Overnight stays and skiing bring more spending. National forests in Oregon receive more than 9 million visits a year, generating about $448 million in spending for surrounding communities, according to a new report from the U.S. Forest Service. The report is part of an ongoing effort by the Forest Service to monitor recreational uses of […]
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Oregon Jobs 2018: These occupations are attracting the most newbies, says the Oregon Employment Department

Sure, Oregon is definitely a place where people want to live. Oregon is an in-migration state. The state’s population has jumped by at least 2 percent each of the last four years, with a 3 percent growth rate in 2017. Whereas at last a small part of that comes from “natural increases” (think: babies), most […]
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