Portland's Economic Recovery and the Role of Trade
Some startling facts:
- Multnomah County ranked second to last in private sector job creation on the west coast - 198th out of 199 cities and counties in the five western states from 1997 to 2009.
- Per capita income is 16 to 21 percent higher in Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis than in the Portland-metro region.
- If Portland had the same per capita income as Seattle, Multnomah County schools would have $86.6 million in additional funding.
These are staggering facts made even more threatening by the state of our local economy. Yet, there is a bright spot. Greater Portland is an export powerhouse. It ranked second in the nation in growth in value of exports between 2003 and 2008 — and our traded sector is poised for expansion, if we take the right steps now. Come hear Bill Wyatt, executive director at the Port of Portland and John Tapogna, managing director of EcoNorthwest, discuss the trends that could lead us back to a more prosperous future. Discussion moderated by attorney Elisa Dozono of Miller Nash LLP.