Tag Archives: Economy

Wildfires Across Pacific Northwest Take A Toll On Local Economies

A total of 26 wildfires are burning in Oregon, 13 in Washington and 23 in Idaho. Many are close to towns and are having a noticeable effect on their economies. Source: Wildfires Across Pacific Northwest Take A Toll On Local Economies . News | OPB

Stable ag, dynamic ag | Opinion |

The state Department of Agriculture reported recently that greenhouse and nursery products had recaptured the No. 1 spot on the state’s list of agricultural commodities, with a dollar value of $909 million in 2016. Nursery products had slipped behind cattle and calves during the two preceding years, as ranchers and feedlot operators rode the crest […]
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My View: Workers without legal documents still pay taxes | Opinion

With anti-immigrant action and rhetoric emanating from the Trump administration, it is important for Oregonians to take stock of the contributions undocumented workers make to our state’s economy. Source: Pamplin Media Group – My View: Workers without legal documents still pay taxes

What’s Theirs is Mines

For economic future, Eastern Oregon looks to its past Chance Dewitt is sowing grass seed on a farm outside his hometown of Lebanon, Oregon. But this isn’t where he makes a living. After a week at home, he’ll be flying back to Elko, Nevada, and working 12-hour shifts for two weeks straight mining gold amidst […]
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Oregon Businesses Report Record 62,625 Vacancies in Spring

Private businesses in Oregon continued their strong hiring demand this spring. They had 62,600 job openings at any given time in the second quarter, the largest quarterly total since we began asking them in 2013. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Businesses Report Record 62,625 Vacancies in Spring

Minimum wage jumps to $11.25 next week, business owners will need to make tough choices

Higher prices? Fewer employees? Cutback on hours? Lower quality goods? Business owners are crunching the numbers and figuring out what to do when Oregon’s minimum wage increases by a buck-fifty at the end of next week. Source: Minimum wage jumps to $11.25 next week, business owners will need to make tough choices | KATU

Oregon’s Marijuana’s Startup Economy Booms While Medical Cannabis Research Remains Elusive

Imagine you’re starting your own marijuana farm. First you get land and water rights. Then you’ve got to find the right strain of cannabis. That can involve as much luck as science. Source: Oregon’s Marijuana’s Startup Economy Booms While Medical Cannabis Research Remains Elusive . News | OPB

$80 Million Invested In Oregon Marijuana Start-Ups Over Last Six Months

When Oregon voters approved medical marijuana almost two decades ago, supporters assumed there’d be more research into it’s health benefits. Source: $80 Million Invested In Oregon Marijuana Start-Ups Over Last Six Months | Northwest Public Radio

Gov. Brown reinstates Governor’s Arts Awards

Governor Kate Brown, in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, has reinstated the Governor’s Arts Awards. After a 10-year hiatus, the event’s revival honors the Arts Commission’s 50 years of service to Oregon’s arts community. Source: Gov. Brown reinstates Governor’s Arts Awards – KTVZ

Oregon’s pot tourism industry off to a slow start

Tucked away on the edge of Forest Park, Margie Rikert operates a quiet bed and breakfast from her home in Northwest Portland. She’s one of a just a few homes listed on the website KushTourism.com that markets itself as being pot-friendly to tourists. Source: Oregon’s pot tourism industry off to a slow start | KATU