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
Contributed Blogs
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.

 
Probability of a recession: Is it really 1 in 3? | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
The Latest
Monday, August 08, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Thursday, August 04, 2011

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 | Print |  Email
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

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.

 
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