Each year business and community leaders have an opportunity to hear from national, state, and regional experts on the outlook for the coming year’s economy. This year’s conference is a little different. Whereas in years past (11 to be exact) the event has been held in Chico, primarily …

9 January 2012  Small Business

Over the past twenty years there have thousands of communities around the country who have embraced the concept of “Buy Local” goods and services. (I recall Butte County had a buy local program back in the 1980s.) The core concept here is that buying from local stories or …

25 January 2009  Regional Economic Development

Profiles of Creativity

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About 5-8 years ago, Bruce Jans prepared a number of outstanding profiles of locally “creative” artists who contribute to the community through their art. These profiles have been made available online through the Artoberfest website (click here to launch). The 2 minute videos are outstanding profiles of regional …

21 January 2009  Regional Economic Development

Over the past six months we’ve witnessed a large number of retailers falling victim to the current economic crisis; the most recent victim is Circuit City. While much of the decline in retail spending can be tied to the economic crisis, another driving force is a retail marketplace which …

20 January 2009  Economy

During last week’s Tri County Economic Forecast Conference, Randall Kempner referred to the importance of creativity. Specifically, he referred to the writings of Richard Florida, and his books which highlight the importance of attracting and retaining a talented workforce, and the importance of communities that accept different perspectives and …

19 January 2009  Regional Economic Development

Today’s economic crisis has drammatically impacted consumer confidence. I’d like to learn more about how the economic climate has changed your spending (if at all). Please click the link below to provide your feedback. After completing the survey, you’ll be provided with instant results for all …

18 January 2009  Economy

At the Tri County Economic Forecast Conference, Dr. Robert Eyler did an outstanding job of highlighting the factors affecting all of us at the national, state and local level. We look forward to hearing more from Dr. Eyler in the future; his dedication to supporting regional economies by reaching …

17 January 2009  Economy

Consumer confidence is suffering as a result of a number of factors, including (1) the housing bubble (and the resulting decline in home values), (2) banking instability, and (3) stock market declines (including retirement, 401ks, college funds, etc). The resulting economic uncertainty is causing consumer to reduce spending, which …

16 January 2009  Economy
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