Why Portland Home Prices and Building Permits Rise While the Suburbs Recover Slowly

3 12 2012

The full answer to the question in the title is in the Census Bureau statistics and details, however you can see what is happening in this simple statement I received via email correspondence with a Portland area economist.

“But many suburbs look like they aren’t returning to normal any time soon. Excess inventory – still unsold – must be scaring off developers in certain communities. For those cities, this is a very nervous making. Will they ever fully recover?

Meanwhile, developers seem optimistic that they can continue selling apartments and condos to the huge numbers of younger adults with college degrees that keep moving to the City of Portland and avoiding the suburbs.

That is it in a nut shell.





Portland Human Resource Management Association August Luncheon

23 07 2012

A committee I work on with PHRMA is hosting an amazing luncheon on August 15th. The theme is political advocacy with some legislative updates as well. The guest speakers will be discussing how to affect the legislative process. The event will have some great guest speakers with a lot of experience in Oregon employment legislation.

This should be a really great lunch and discussion. Additional details below and in this link.

Portland Human Resource Management Association

August Luncheon, August 15, 2012, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Portland Doubletree Hotel – Lloyd Center

Member – $25, PHRMA Members & members of affiliate organizations, Guest – $40 non-members

Register – www.portlandhrma.org (Calendar of Events)

The Inner Workings of Oregon’s Legislative Process

Session Summary:

Human Resource and business professionals are challenged with running their organizations while keeping current on changing laws that have a large impact on the businesses they operate. Have you wondered if you can influence the legislative process? Well, you can! Our panel discussion will answer the following questions.

  • How to have real influence within the legislative process?
  • What creates positive or negative impact with your legislators?
  • How can you leverage communication channels such as social media, email, phone calls and letter writing to have your voice heard?
  • When is the best time to schedule a visit with your legislator?

There will be time for a Q&A at the end of panel discussion. However, have a question you would like to be included on the panel, please send your questions to Programs@PortlandHRMA.org and we will do our best to accommodate them into the panel discussion.

HRCI recertification credit pending.

Panelist

Chris Garrett has represented Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland in the Oregon House of Representatives since January 2009.  Chris grew up in Portland and graduated from Reed College.  He went on to earn his law degree at the University of Chicago Law School and clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.  Since 2002, Chris has practiced law with the Portland law firm of Perkins Coie.  He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney. Chris currently serves as the Co-Chair of the House Committee on Business and Labor.  He also serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Rules Committee.

JL Wilson is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Associated Oregon Industries.  AOI is Oregon’s largest statewide business association.  JL grew up in Grants Pass and graduated from Willamette University.  He was the Legislative Director for two Speakers of the Oregon House of Representatives before becoming the Oregon State Director of the small business group NFIB in 1999.  In his 13 years as a lobbyist and advocate for Oregon employers, JL has helped numerous companies and business associations accomplish their public policy objectives.  JL currently manages the government affairs and political operations of AOI.  His lobbying efforts focus specifically on representing Oregon companies on employment law and tax issues before the legislature and state agencies.

Moderator Bio:

Randall Sutton is the 2012 Director of the SHRM Oregon State Council.  Randall has also served as the SHRM Legislative Affairs Director for the SHRM Oregon State Council and the SHRM Salem Chapter for many years.  Randall practices management-side employment law at the Saalfeld Griggs business law firm in Salem Oregon. As Chair of the firm’s Employment Law & Litigation Practice Group, he advises employers and handles claims brought by current and former employees.  Randall also has considerable experience litigating noncompete and trade secret cases involving former employees.  A frequent public speaker on employment legal issues, Randall tries to bring a practical approach to employment law compliance.

August Luncheon Sponsors (The Commerce Company, The Columbian/Monster)  








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