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|Articles - April 2013|
|Monday, April 01, 2013|
BY EMMA HALL
Oregon’s tax credits and other business incentives have attracted significant media attention recently, from Nike’s 30-year corporate tax agreement deal to allegations that SoloPower failed to deliver on job-creation promises despite landing $20 million in tax credits. The
Tim Duy Senior Director, Oregon Economic Forum
“You’re playing something of a game with incentives and business strategies — sometimes you’re going to win and sometimes you’ll lose. It’s a zero-sum game that plays states and cities against each other, shifting jobs from location A to location B. The reality is that there will always be a political force pushing for business development incentives, so the real issue is how to structure those incentives in such a way to maximize our benefits and minimize our risks as a community.”
Chuck Sheketoff Executive Director, Oregon Center for Public Policy
“Business tax incentives don’t create jobs. They siphon money from what really creates a favorable business climate: strong public structures and a strong middle class. Taxes are at best a minor factor in investment decisions. Customer location, an educated and skilled workforce, quality public infrastructure — these are what really matter. Sure, some corporations will gladly take and even extort state tax subsidies for actions they were going to do anyway. Rather than subsidize profitable corporations, we should invest in top-notch education, health care, infrastructure and workforce training systems that will strengthen Oregon’s economy.”
Rachel Shimshak Executive Director, Renewable Northwest Project
“Incentives create jobs in partnership with other policies, like the renewable energy standard and the Energy Trust of Oregon. On the federal level, every energy resource benefits from tax policy. But renewables face market barriers, as some of the benefits associated with them — good for the environment, no carbon output — aren’t reflected in the cost, and there’s no way to quantify them. So we turn to policy to reduce the impact of these market barriers. The investments have created jobs, but they’ve also created a long-term benefit for the state by helping support local communities.”
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Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Portland is in the middle of another construction boom, with residential and office projects springing up downtown, in the Pearl and Old Town. OB Web Editor Jessica Ridgway documents the new wave.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
When I say, “Your Employee is Always Right,” I do not mean “right about the facts,” but rather “right about how they feel” and “right about how they want to be led.”
Monday, July 14, 2014
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