Economic Forecast 2014

Prosperity for Clark County? Experts disagree

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Jan 23, 2014
More than 400 attend annual Columbian economic forecast event

Hundreds packed into the Hilton Vancouver Washington this morning for The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast, "Turning Promise into Prosperity."

Panels explore different factions of local economy

By Aaron Corvin , Cami Joner and Gordon Oliver January 23, 2014 7:20 p.m.

The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast featured three panel discussions on a range of local business topics, and a fourth panel discussion featuring local high school and college students. Here are some highlights from those discussions.

Professional service firms should ask who benefits

By Tim Schauer January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Professional service firms seeking new markets have to plan in 3-D. No glasses required.

Portland-Vancouver area poised for growth

By Alisa Pyszka January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Success in the current economy requires a strong talent base and culture of innovation in all industries ranging from software development to advanced manufacturing.

New year should match, maybe beat, 2013 in job growth

By Scott Bailey January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Key thought: We have reason for optimism, but many families will still struggle in this year’s economy

Innovation requires creative approaches to problems

By Bill Huseby January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Over the past 10 years or so, there has been a movement by large and small companies alike in the U.S. to reduce head count. This push has been driven by the need to become leaner, or to “do more with less.”

Baby boomers key to robust real estate market

By Carol Curtis January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

“Build it and they will come.” That phrase had characterized Clark County’s real estate market for decades. But are we ready to build the housing that will meet the needs of those who help drive the local market: the baby boomers?

East side development adds to county job growth

By R. Tom Smith January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

The first lesson of economic development is that it pays to be in the right place at the right time. And in today’s economic climate, the right place is the Southeast 192nd Avenue corridor.

Access to capital important key to growth

By Ken Levy January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

4-Tell increases sales by more than 17 percent for retailers, both online and in-store, with our personalized cross-sell and up-sell (e.g. ‘People also bought …’). We have been tripling our revenue for each of the past three years.

Infrastructure spending creates new opportunities

By Todd Coleman January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Is the recession over? Or not? You’re sure to find experts to support either case. Regardless, we can learn from the past in order to create tremendous opportunities for the future.

Attracting tech workforce to county is crucial

By Ken Hood January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

We live in a time of extraordinary innovation and change, much of which is built upon software.

Right idea can be followed by dead ends

By Leonard Felix January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

I completely agree with the Thomas Edison assertion that “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” I will use my company’s story of developing the CI-900 Ethylene Analyzer for the agricultural industry to illustrate.

Fundamentals remain important in securing financing

By Lisa Dow January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

A glimmer of hope on the economic horizon tilts us toward slight optimism about 2014. After a long stretch of downsizing, expense control, and nominal capital expenditures, growth has become a word more often mentioned again — albeit in whispered tones.

Construction is vital to the local economy

By Mike Bomar January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

The building community is a key component of the overall economy in Southwest Washington.

‘Washington brand’ has strong appeal in global marketplace

By Schuyler Hoss January 23, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Participation by small and medium-sized companies in international trade will be one of the most important business stories over the next five years.


Location: The Hilton Vancouver
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Time: 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Price: $50 per person
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Presented by


Betsy Henning
President
AHA! Marketing Inc. (Moderator)
Scott Bailey
Regional Economist
Washington State Employment Security Department
Jon Roberts
Principal
TIP Strategies
Rick Goode
CEO
Columbia Machine Inc.
Richard Biggs
Atlantric, LLC (Moderator)

Alisa Pyszka
Greater Portland, Inc.

Todd Coleman
Port of Vancouver

Tim Schauer
MacKay Sposito

Schuyler Hoss
Gov. Inslee's Regional Representative to SW Washington

Angela Jackson
Portland Seed Fund (Moderator)

Ken Hood
Cisco

Leonard Felix
CID Bio-Science

Bill Huseby
Sigma Design

Ken Levy
4-Tell

Kelly Parker
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)

Mike Bomar
Columbia River Economic Development

Lisa Dow
Columbia Bank

R. Tom Smith
Columbia Pacific Commercial Properties

Carol Curtis
Windermere/Stellar Real Estate

Robert Knight
Clark College (Moderator)

Waverley He
Evergreen Public Schools student

Donnie Rhoads
Vancouver Public Schools student

Shavey Winters
WSU Vancouver student

Ryan Rutledge
Clark College student

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