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|Friday, July 11, 2014|
BY KIM MOORE
The wedding business is a $165 billion industry, with more than 2.4 million weddings every year in the U.S., according to the Association of Bridal Consultants. The average cost of a wedding in Oregon was $25,597 in 2012, per The Wedding Report. Summer remains the most popular time for nuptials, with 35% of couples tying the knot during the sunshine-filled months in 2013, according to TheKnot.com. Couples are spending more on their big day as the economy improves. Wedding budgets have increased steadily since the economic downturn of 2008. Couples spent a record high national average of $29,858 in 2013, a 5% increase compared with the 2012 national average, according to TheKnot.com.
Despite couples spending more money to tie the knot, the number of marriages in Oregon is on the decline. It reached a six-year low in 2013, according to preliminary figures from the Oregon Health Authority. The recent lifting of a ban on same-sex marriage in Oregon is a boon for wedding businesses and will likely boost the state’s marriage rate. Same-sex weddings could potentially add $47.3 million to Oregon’s economy in the three years following the lifting of the ban, with $30.3 million spent in the first year alone, according to The Williams Institute. The think tank, part of the University of California School of Law, estimated the economic boost of same-sex marriage in Oregon in April this year before the ban was lifted on May 19, 2014. Direct spending by resident same-sex couples on their weddings would add $37.7 million to the state and local economy in the first three years following the nixing of the ban.
Monday, April 13, 2015
BY GRANT KIRBY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
The mega-shift from technology-driven to data-driven organizations raises questions about Oregon’s workforce preparedness.
Friday, May 15, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
inDinero, a business that manages back-office accounting for startups and smaller companies, recently announced it would relocate its headquarters from San Francisco to Portland. We talked to CEO Jessica Mah about what drew her to Portland and how she plans to disrupt the traditional CPA model.
Friday, April 24, 2015
BY CHRIS HIGGINS
As digital security breaches skyrocket, a cybersleuth everyman takes center stage.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Mohan Nair channels a visionary.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Are we too quick to diagnose corruption?
Thursday, April 23, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
On April 1 I attended a forum at the University of Portland on the sharing economy. The event featured panelists from Lyft and Airbnb, as well as Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Asked about the impact of tech-driven sharing economy services. Hales said the new business models are reshaping the landscape. “But,” he added, “I don’t pretend to understand how a lot of this [technology] works.”
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