BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Oregon's per capita personal income has been slipping further behind levels in Washington and California as well as the nation as a whole since the late '90s. The recession of the early 2000s seems to have dealt a heavier blow here than other states and income wasn't as quick to bounce back.
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 TOM COX | BUSINESS TIPS CONTRIBUTOR
Uh oh. You just got put on probation at work — your boss and HR gave you a “Personal Improvement Plan”. The bad news is, you’re now half-way to being fired. The good news is, you now have the opportunity to completely change the way people see you at work, and even boost your career.
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 EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR
With the 4th of July quickly approaching, many Oregonians are crafting barbecue menus, hanging red, white and blue bunting and preparing for their annual trek across the Columbia River for illegal fireworks. Oregon only allows fireworks that travel less than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, but it’s a simple trip up to Washington to buy roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.