|Oregon business owners undeterred by real estate prices and land use laws||| Print ||
The biggest surprise in this month’s survey is how our readers greeted the idea of relaxing Oregon’s land-use laws to make way for more development. Of the 715 respondents to our online survey conducted by Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, 51% say they favor relaxing land-use laws, while 49% say they are opposed. Considering the lopsided victory of Measure 37 last year, it’s striking that our readers appear more evenly split.
Also notable is that while respondents say rising property prices have not propelled them and their businesses out of Oregon, Eric Fruits, senior economist with Portland-based economic consulting firm ECONorthwest, predicts that an exodus still will happen, but because of taxes, not property prices. “In the next few years, you’re going to see a flow of people across the river to do their business,” Fruits says, because the tax system in Washington is more beneficial to small professional firms. Ah, taxes. Watch this space in upcoming issues for an exploration of that second thing that no one escapes.
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Oregon Business magazine's 5th annual
100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
From Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute: OTRADI today announced its plans to open and operate a 13,000 square-foot multi-tenant bioscience complex in the Willamette Wharf building at 4640 SW Macadam Avenue. Slated to be complete in spring 2013, the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI) will house up to six companies.
MEDIAmerica, publisher of Oregon Business and Oregon Home magazines, announces a new retail website: HalfOffOregon.com. The website offers lodging, dining, recreation and many other items at half off their regular cost.
As you probably know by now, The Vernon Company is a national leader in the promotional products industry with annual sales of over $60 million. We are a family owned business, led by the fourth generation of the Vernon family.