December 2010

Old questions return to leadership gathering

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Articles - December 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
1210_ATS02When it staged its first leadership summit in 2002, the Oregon Business Council faced an incoming governor, high unemployment, a sluggish economy and a state budget shortfall of nearly $2 billion.
 

Hering tackles a tough commercial market

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Articles - December 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
1210_Tactics01J. Clayton Hering, president of Norris, Beggs & Simpson, pushes his company through a historic real estate downturn.
 

Business confidence sinks

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Articles - December 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
1210_Input04Few of our readers think the economy is getting better or that their region is headed in the right direction.
 

From the Editor: Looking forward to 2011

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Articles - December 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
As 2010 comes to an end, there seems to be no joy in Mudville. In our online survey of readers this month, the mood is considerably dark. We asked readers what signs they were seeing that the economy is improving and almost half of the 808 respondents said, “None, the economy still stinks.”
 
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