Economic Forecast 2013

CRC letter on radar at economic forecast event

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Panelists weigh in on county's decision to quit supporting CREDC

Clark County's economic future was the official theme this morning in Vancouver.

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Port of Vancouver’s efforts paying off

By Todd Coleman January 23, 2013 10:58 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver USA is a conduit for moving freight in and out of the region and throughout the world. Our job is to provide that vital connectivity between where products and resources are created or harvested and the global marketplace.

Lay groundwork for high-tech firms

By John White January 23, 2013 10:57 a.m.

You’ve likely never heard of ONAMI or C4C, but these two organizations might represent some of the most promising opportunities for economic development that we’ve never considered in Clark County.

Local retailers see glimmer of optimism

By Deborah Ewing January 23, 2013 10:57 a.m.

Retail sales in Clark County were up slightly over last year with a 6.4 percent average increase in the first two quarters of 2012.

Data never sleeps; neither does WSUV innovation

By Dene Grigar January 23, 2013 10:56 a.m.

When Mosaic, the first graphic Web browser for the internet, appeared April 22, 1993, there were approximately 1.5 million computer hosts with registered IP addresses. A mere four years later, in 1997, following the success of Netscape and Internet Explorer, the number of hosts had risen to close to 19.5 million worldwide. Less than 20 years later, the number has swollen to over 1 billion.The colonization of the Internet has given rise to businesses that 30 years ago did not exist:nDesigning virtual assets -- like swords -- for computer games or clothing for avatars.

Banks face challenging future

By Brett Bryant January 23, 2013 10:56 a.m.

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Smarter medical systems can improve life, business

By Rainy Atkins January 23, 2013 10:56 a.m.

In health care delivery, this is an exciting time for PeaceHealth and Clark County.

Housing reflects improving economy

By Terry Wollam January 23, 2013 10:55 a.m.

There have been numerous buzz-word descriptions of the recent housing downturn and the eventual upturn. It’s either V-shaped or U-shaped, or some other image of its slide and recovery during the recent recession.

County nurtures entrepreneurs

By Steve Hix January 23, 2013 10:55 a.m.

It is always a pleasure to speak about new business. I have been blessed to do well in the overall outcome of many business endeavors. From InFocus Systems, which I took public in 1990, to my latest company Circle Technology, based here in Clark County, I have been involved in starting more than 10 successful companies.

Another year of slow job growth likely in store for county

By Scott Bailey January 23, 2013 10:55 a.m.

My 2012 forecast for Clark County was for employment growth of around 1 percent, which turned out to be a bit too pessimistic. As of October 2012, the county had added 2,200 jobs during the prior 12 months, a growth rate of 1.7 percent. I expect that number to be revised upward to 2 percent in the coming months. That would mean by the end of 2012, we would have recovered half of the jobs lost during the Great Recession.

Vancouver prepares for ‘new economy’

By Alisa Pyszka January 23, 2013 10:54 a.m.

The city of Vancouver recognizes that the recession has hit families and businesses hard. However, the immense economic shift has also brought forth new and different industry opportunities, and a chance to develop new workforce skills in local residents amid a “new economy.”

Small-business needs drive commercial development

By Paul Dennis January 23, 2013 10:54 a.m.

Commercial development has changed substantially over the last five years. Gone are the days of building primarily on market speculation. Lending standards are more stringent, requiring personal equity and guarantees. Most developments are the product of assimilating smaller projects into a larger development.

Five tools local businesses need in 2013

By Kelly Parker January 23, 2013 10:53 a.m.

“How’s business?” That’s no longer a casual question or an ice breaker at Chamber of Commerce events. Local businesses want to know details. “How are sales?” “How did you find your new hire?” “What are you doing to cut costs and what about health care?”

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January 22, 2013 5:05 p.m.

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