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Tuesday, February 2 @ 10 - 11:15 am

The Columbian’s 2021 Economic Forecast Virtual Forum will tackle the most disruptive year we can imagine. How will our economy recover from the pandemic? What will be the lasting effects on our local economy?

In years past, this has been the largest in-person economic forecast event in the Southwest Washington/Portland region, with 500 business and community leaders in attendance. Like many other in-person events, we are changing to a safe, complimentary virtual forum. The Columbian is operating in its 130th year, and we are proud to be adapting to a changing media landscape.

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Scott Bailey, Regional Economist, WA State

Scott Bailey

Regional Economist, Washington State Employment Security Department

For the past 31 years, Scott Bailey has served as the Regional Economist for the Employment Security Department’s Labor Market & Economic Analysis Branch covering Southwest Washington. Scott is the local source of labor market information for the region, tracking unemployment, industry trends, the occupational outlook, and wages and income. He has done extensive research on wages and the impact of the minimum wage in the state. Scott is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference. He has lived in Portland his entire life, and currently serves on the School Board for Portland Public Schools.

Pauline Fong, Program Director, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Pauline Fong

Program Director, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

Pauline Fong joined the Trust in 2016 as a program director, working with nonprofits in grants and also leadership development. Prior to the Trust, Pauline worked as a nonprofit leader for over 20 years, and has extensive experience working cross-culturally, domestically, and overseas. Pauline is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master of arts degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a frequent speaker and trainer both locally and nationally.

Chris Green, Assistant Director, WA State Dept of Commerce

Chris Green

Assistant Director, Washington State Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness

Chris joined the Department of Commerce in 2015 as assistant director for the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, which includes the international trade, business recruitment/retention and rural economic development units. Chris previously served for seven years as vice president for business retention and expansion at the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. He and his wife Shannon live in Tacoma with their three children.

Will Campbell, Moderator

Will Campbell

Moderator, The Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

Will Campbell writes and reports business stories for The Columbian. Since age 14, he’s been spending time in the newsroom telling stories about Clark County citizens through video and written articles. Will formerly reported on crime and public safety at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He is also the fourth generation owner of The Columbian, along with his brothers Ben and Ross.


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Forecast Outlook

Economic Forecast 2021
Legacy Health Focuses on Being the Safest Place to Receive and Deliver Care
By Jon Hersen, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Our Vital Role in Creating Positive Change and Propelling Economic Recovery
By Jennifer Baker, Columbia River Economic Development Council
Clark College Pivots and Adapts to Online Learning
By Dr. Karin Edwards, Clark College
When the Winds Blow
By Pauline Fong, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
For the Port of Vancouver USA, Disruption Means Stability
By Julianna Marler, Port of Vancouver USA
Pandemic-Caused Recession has Hit Small Businesses the Hardest
By Chris Green, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Washington State Department of Commerce
Clark County Economic Forecast for 2021
By Scott Bailey, Washington State Employment Security Department