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Conerly forecasts moderate economic growth | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

imo-blogOregon economist Bill Conerly gives his revised economic forecast, now going through 2013, predicting moderate growth in most of the forecast horizon and an acceleration to somewhat stronger growth near the end of this year and the beginning of next.

Can Apple still be Apple after Jobs? | Print |  Email
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

imo-blogNobody, not even Steve Jobs, can say for sure whether Apple can still be Apple without him at the helm. There are three reasons that it might — and one big reason that it might not —according to David Pogue, the New York Times' technology writer.

Baseball vs. soccer: Portland got it right | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

imo-blogIn the tale of two stadiums in New Jersey — a $34 million dollar stadium built for minor league baseball 13 years ago that is a complete flop, and the new Red Bulls Arena that's a big success — Oregon economist Patrick Emerson says there is evidence that Portland, in its own struggle with the baseball vs. soccer question, got it right.

Reasons for optimism, believe it or not! | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

imo-blogPortland economist Bill Conerly says that the money supply is finally growing and this money supply has been accompanied by loan growth, believe it or not. Double-dip recession? Looking less likely now.

Blount International keeps growing | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ben-blogWhen I interviewed Blount International CEO Josh Collins a year ago, he offered a clear strategy for growing sales from $487 million in 2009 to approximately $920 million in 2014. He may hit his goals sooner than planned after Blount's purchase Wednesday of Illinois-based farm equipment manufacturer Woods Equipment for $185 million.

Rural development: Are we selling out? | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

imo-blogWhat it really boils down to for rural Oregon is the need to adapt from an economy largely based in timber and agriculture to an economy with a robust balance of commercial, industrial and retail development. Does this mean that rural areas should “settle” for opportunities that don’t perfectly match up with economic development strategies? Does it mean that desperate times call for desperate measures? Maybe, maybe not.

How to get the most out of meetings | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

imo-blogMeetings can waste a lot of time. How to get them under control? As Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem.”

Digging for gold in Oregon | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Thursday, August 11, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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.

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