Tag Archives: Economic Impact

Craft beer industry grows, but slowly

Industry contributed $2 billion to Oregon economy. The Oregon craft beer industry continued to grow in 2017, but at a slower rate than in years past, a sign that the market is maturing, according to data by the Craft Brewers Association. The industry contributed $2.02 billion to Oregon’s economy, a 2.02 percent increase over 2016, said […]
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Fire and Smoke: A reputation is at stake

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a five-day series on devastating wildfires and their effects on Southern Oregon done in partnership with KTVL Channel 10. Read Part II here. After back-to-back, smoke-plagued summers, Southern Oregon’s reputation as an outdoor Mecca is at risk. Television reports and digital media images have left little to the […]
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Leave the mundane tasks to robots

Manufacturers plagued by rising labor costs or having difficulty in filling positions might take a look at robots. Collaborative robots can perform menial, repetitive and even undesirable tasks, allowing employees to tackle more promising roles. Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership ran an articulated robot through its paces Friday morning during the Southern Oregon Manufacturing Summit at […]
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H&N View: Move now on preventing next year’s fires

It was good to see Gov. Kate Brown take an interest in the economic impacts of smoke in Southern Oregon from the summer’s wildfires at last week’s hearing in Ashland attended by local leaders, including some from Klamath Falls. The fires caused the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to cancel several shows, meaning a loss of some […]
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OSF suffers another smoke-related layoff

Citing “significant financial losses” from this summer’s wildfire smoke, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival said Wednesday it had laid off 16 employees and reduced hours for another. None were from the acting company or from unions, which include both actors and stagehands and other behind-the-scenes workers, the festival said. Source: OSF suffers another smoke-related layoff | […]
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Governor wants to spread the word about smoke

Gov. Kate Brown says part of the process of preventing more summers of smoke in Southern Oregon is to make sure the rest of the state knows just how many people were affected and for how long. “It’s critically important that there be some better cross-fertilization,” Brown told a room of regional leaders in tourism, firefighting, wine […]
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WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture

Trade uncertainty being resolved is a good thing for the wheat market, Washington State University small grains economist Randy Fortenbery says. Certainty is better than uncertainty for agricultural trade, a Washington State University economics professor says. Source: WSU economist: Trade uncertainty hurts agriculture – – Capital Press

Study finds BLM lands contribute billions from recreation 

A new study from several wildlife-related groups has found that recreation on Bureau of Land Management land contributes billions of dollars to western states’ economies. Source: Study finds BLM lands contribute billions from recreation – – Capital Press

Oregon tourism up in smoke?

Oregon tourism industry worries about fires’ effect on tourism, while Northeast Oregon still sees growth. With smoke-filled skies becoming the norm throughout Oregon during the summer, members of the Oregon tourism industry are worried that wildfires will have an adverse effect on tourism in the state. Whether fires will have the same impact on Northeast […]
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Amazon’s Salem shipping center opens 2019

Amazon officials say their new packing and shipping center in southeast Salem will open in time for the 2019 holiday season. The so-called fulfillment center’s foundation, roof and walls are finished, but construction workers are still assembling the inside, including installing conveyance equipment, said Amazon spokeswoman Lauren Lynch. Source: Amazon’s Salem shipping center opens 2019