Tag Archives: Economic Impact

Column: Housing shortage hurts Bend workers and businesses

A shortage of housing in Bend doesn’t just impact working people. Employers are increasingly having a hard time attracting employees who make their businesses run and grow. If you’re a business in Bend, you’ve likely experienced the impact of the labor shortage. Central Oregon leads the state in employment growth, reaching about 4.4 % in […]
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Intel’s pending layoffs will hit multiple business groups, Oregon workers

Planned layoffs at Intel will extend into the company’s software group and other business units, according to sources inside the company, likely numbering at least several hundred and adding significantly to earlier reports on the pending cuts. Source: Intel’s pending layoffs will hit multiple business groups, Oregon workers – oregonlive.com

Winemakers wary of impending tariffs

U.S. wineries say when people drink less European wine, they drink less domestic wine. And that hurts the U.S. industry. Most years, January is a month of glory for the wine industry — celebrating the harvest and holiday sales of the previous year and gearing up for the next season. Source: Winemakers wary of impending […]
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Oregon’s Video Game Industry Is Coming Off Its Biggest Year Ever. It’s Only Going to Keep Growing

Maybe you don’t consider yourself a gamer—or it could just be you haven’t found the right game. Chances are, the one for you is being made somewhere in Oregon. In Oregon, the game has changed—and so have the games. Over the past decade, the state’s masters of warfare, zombie apocalypses, and more personal adventures have […]
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News Roundtable | Salem Homeless | REBROADCAST: Unclaimed Dead  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

In December 2019, the Salem city council voted to ban tent camping in the city. But the ban has backfired, leaving people sleeping in downtown Salem without shelter. Business leaders have threatened to leave downtown if the issue isn’t resolved. We hear from Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett and Jimmy Jones, executive director of the Mid-Willamette […]
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Study: Removing Snake River dams would cost economy, environment

A new study finds that the costs to farmers and the region’s economy if the four dams on the lower Snake River were removed would average roughly $76 million a year. That equals as much as $2.3 billion over the next 30 years, according to the study, which was commissioned by the Pacific Northwest Waterways […]
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Predictions for the 2020s

Welcome to a new decade. The 2020s should be the best decade so far in the new millennium, not that the tech bust/housing bubble/Great Recession and its aftermath puts up much of a challenge, but still. While the most remarkable economic trend of the 2010s was the lack of a recession, we know the business […]
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Guest View: Refugees can drive Lane County’s economy

Perhaps you’ve heard that the United States has capped the annual number of refugees it will accept at the lowest level ever. This comes at a time when there are more refugees worldwide than at any time in history. Source: Guest View: Refugees can drive Lane County’s economy – Opinion – The Register-Guard – Eugene, […]
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Breaching dams could have negative impacts on vulnerable communities

A $750,000 report, which looked at the possible effects of breaching the four lower Snake River dams, summarized the issues around protecting endangered species while maintaining renewable energy supplies, riverine transportation and irrigation. The draft report funded by the Washington Legislature took about three months to conclude that breaching the dams might help save orca […]
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Prineville concerned about sale of Les Schwab Tire Centers

Tire chain is Central Oregon’s third-largest employer. News that Central Oregon’s third-largest employer, Les Schwab Tire Centers, is putting itself up for sale has some in the Prineville community concerned. For more than 50 years, the tire company has created a culture of giving back to the community with donations and support, said Steve Forrester, […]
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