Blogs

Creating jobs without increasing the deficit

imo-blogOregon economist Mark Thoma says we should ask the wealthy to finance job creation programs, reasoning that it's not as powerful as deficit spending, but it's better than nothing at all.

Conerly forecasts moderate economic growth

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?

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

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!

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

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?

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

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

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