BY TIM MCCABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
There are indeed real differences in both the challenges and opportunities faced by rural and urban regions of Oregon. Rural areas of the state have not seen the economic recovery that urban regions are experiencing. A critical function of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, is to use the tools, resources and expertise available to us to facilitate job growth in both rural and urban Oregon.
BY JAN MEEKCOMS | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Earlier this month, President Obama took the unusual step of involving himself in an administrative matter that would have been otherwise handled by people many levels below the Oval Office. He personally approved a “solution” to a “problem” affecting health insurance benefits for members of Congress and their staffs.
BY KEVIN SHETTERLY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Today, a funding plan for the proposed Convention Center hotel goes before the Metro council. Although $197.5 million seems expensive for a 600-room hotel, projections indicate the hotel would benefit Portland’s economy and workforce.
BY WILL VANLUE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
A majority of families new to the Portland-Metro area since 2005 are light on car ownership, with more working-age adults than cars at home. That’s very good news for local businesses, especially if they make it easy for people to visit their establishment without a car.
BY EVAN SWANSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
The current frenzied pace in the housing market, coupled with the painful memories of the crash from only a few years ago, can leave one wondering if home values are headed for the cliff once again. I do not believe this to be the case.
BY RICK TUROCZY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
It is incredibly easy to brush aside this newest wave of startups. The numbers feel inconsequential. The relative impact appears too small to calculate, especially when compared to the massive, well-established scale of some of Oregon's traditional industries — and the Silicon Forest's history of technology pursuits. But we have moved beyond a desire to emulate predecessors or recreate ecosystems toward actually building something new.
BY MARK BLAINE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
The Oregonian's restructuring leaves real questions about the future of critical local coverage, but it will also push readers and journalists to address new ways of getting and using news — whether we like it or not.
BY BARRY BUSHUE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Today, we have the best chance in over a decade to enact improvements that will strengthen border security, clarify employable status, and provide the kind of process Oregon farm families need to legally employ the capable people they depend on.
- Annex West Hayden Island
- Building community for minority professionals
- Protecting our rivers
- Time to move forward on Klamath Settlement
- State should invest more in higher education
- Oregon lawmakers moonlight as amateur scientists
- Public safety reform offers better return on investment
- Supporting working parents is good for business