Blogs

Digging for gold in Oregon

ben-blogWith gold prices up around $1,800 per ounce, a Canadian mining company has commenced drilling on Grassy Mountain in Malheur County.

S&P downgrade meaningless, says economist

imo-blogOregon economist Patrick Emerson says Standard & Poor's downgrade was essentially a non-action. And he doesn't think you can take the markets' downturn as any evidence of an impending return to recession.

Probability of a recession: Is it really 1 in 3?

imo-blogPortland economist Bill Conerly says his best forecast right now is that growth will accelerate enough to avoid a recession; not enough for us to feel good about the economy this year or next, but enough to avoid a recession.

Oregon Business named top 3 business publication in nation

thelatestOregon Business magazine has been named one of the top three small business-to-business publications in the nation by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

High-desert drones in Central Oregon

ben-blogOregon State University and Economic Development for Central Oregon have signed an agreement to collaborate on research and commercialization in the fast-growing unmanned aerial vehicles industry.

Justice for all? After debt debacle, not anymore

imo-blogIf you weren’t convinced already, the negotiations over the debt ceiling ought to have cleared up any doubt that Congress is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. But the debt negotiations are simply the latest and most extreme example of a trend on Capitol Hill toward the use of unbending rules, triggers, ticking bombs, and other devices to compensate for dysfunction and the inability to make progress on important issues.

Why do companies resist change?

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Even though we are in the middle of the fastest-changing business climate ever seen. But some companies refuse to make a change in order to better meet the needs and wants of their consumers. What are the reasons we resist change?

Central Oregon progress comes with caveats

ben-blogFacebook has announced that it will build a second data center in Prineville. InEnTec has raised $20 million. Black Butte Ranch is investing $3.75 million in a golf remodel. And Cascade Bancorp has reported a $2 million quarterly profit. Is Central Oregon’s economy finally returning to health?

The good and bad of corporate strategy

imo-blogPortland economist Bill Conerly says one of the most important short papers on corporate strategy has just been published by McKinsey Quarterly. In "The Perils of Bad Strategy," Richard Rumelt explains common errors in developing corporate strategy, based on his forthcoming book.