Guest Blog

Local, sustainable food can build a vital economy

08.30.12 Thumbnail LocalFoodThere is a revolution happening in which globalization is not the best solution, in which the focus is increasingly local and has the most hope for creating jobs, building community, and improving our health. That revolution is around food: what we grow, how we grow it, how we distribute it, how we consume it. The phrase, “Think Globally, Act Locally” has never been more appropriate than when we talk about food. By wine industry pioneer Susan Sokol Blosser.

The real estate seesaw will continue

imo-blogReal estate markets are unbalanced in most parts of the country: vacancy is too high, but construction is too low. That sounds contradictory, because construction should be low when vacancy is high. Looking forward, however, we’ll find insufficient supply when the economy improves, says Oregon economist Bill Conerly.

Jobs are returning to Oregon

imo-blogFebruary saw the highest monthly jobs gain in Oregon since November 1996. But local economist Patrick Emerson argues that we still have a tough climb ahead of us.

Spend less because taxes will rise

imo-blogCan cutting government spending actually create jobs? And how should taxpayers adapt to the nation's huge deficit? Lake Oswego-based economist Bill Conerly takes on both questions.

The economy wants to recover

imo-blogLake Oswego-based economist Bill Conerly has updated his economic outlook for 2011-2012 after coming to the conclusion that the economy is on course to improve more quickly than he had originally anticipated.

The slow recovery of unemployment

imo-blogUntil University of Oregon economist Mark Thoma is sure that the economy is on firmer footing, and that employment prospects have improved substantially, he says he will continue to push back against the optimistic economic forecasts that are all the rage these days.

Dealing with difficult people

imo-blogCEOs have to deal with difficult people all the time - and sometimes they themselves are the difficult ones. What are some proven ways to deal with difficult people?

Handling the day you didn't expect

imo-blogWhat do you do when your work day takes an unexpected turn that makes your original plan impossible to achieve? Management consultant Tom Cox discusses the importance of Plan B.

An Irish Parable

imo-blogOnce upon a time, there was a country where bankers, fed up with regulation, dissatisfaction, and downright hostility,... went on strike, not once, but three times. That country was Ireland, as economist Umair Haque points out in a compelling parable highlighted by University of Oregon economist and guest blogger Mark Thoma.