Blogs

The solution to unemployment? Jobs.

imo-blogContrary to what you sometimes hear, we can help the structurally unemployed through job creation. Those who insist, contrary to the evidence, that the problem we face right now is mostly structural cannot use this to argue against a job creation program.

Can't see the forest for the trees

imo-blogWhile still struggling with 9% unemployment, the powers that be in the great state of Oregon have done a remarkable job ignoring the obvious concerning job creation. Due to abundant rainfall and a mild climate Oregon is still one of the best places on planet earth to grow trees.

Social media can be a desert of despair

imo-blogFor every big-city food cart vendor using Twitter to advertise lunch specials and bring in hungry workers, there’s a befuddled entrepreneur dutifully Twittering or Facebooking away to no useful effect — or worse, getting sucked into Farmville and forgetting to mind the store.

Global giant buys majority stake in Otak

thelatestOkay, so Otak is no Stumptown. Actually, Otak is twice as big as Stumptown, and while it may not have a fanatic customer base among hipsters, it does have 300 employees with deep expertise in how to make cities work better. So when a foreign company buys a majority stake in Otak, it’s a big deal for Oregon.

Long-term job losses still dwarf gains

ben-blogEarlier this year, Powell’s Books made national headlines by eliminating 31 jobs in Portland, stirring up familiar questions about the future of independent booksellers in the age of e-readers and smart phones. But a quick study of the latest numbers from Oregon’s top private companies shows that Powell’s actually survived the recession in a stronger position than many of its peers.

On the Scene: Multnomah Food Summit

sceneblogbwAt the second annual Multnomah Food Summit, Tom Osdoba posed a question to a group of nonprofit workers and food growers: We don't always buy the absolute cheapest house, car or clothing we can find, so why do we buy the cheapest food?

Knowledge Universe CEO resigns

thelatestAfter only five years, Felicia Thornton, CEO of Knowledge Universe/U.S. Operations, has resigned for personal reasons. Knowledge Universe, which has its headquarters in Portland, is one of Oregon’s largest employers.

Google PR, disguised as news

ben-blogThe news that Google is launching a new coupon service in Portland isn't news.

It is PR.

What is the education stability fund for?

imo-blogThis is, by almost any measure, the worst economic recession since the great depression. The recession has hit Oregon public schools particularly hard, given their dependence on the state's general fund and the general fund's dependence on income taxes. Because of the volatile nature of education funding in the state, the Education Stability Fund (ESF) was created to help cushion the blow to schools from economic downturns.