Economy & Jobs

Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife economy study

A study (with ECONorthwest) of licensed hunters, other Alaska residents, and visitors to the state about the value of wildlife. In order to accurately represent varied populations, the study utilized telephone, online, and mail surveys and employed quotas and statistical weighting to assure validity. Results were used to determine the economic value of wildlife hunting vs wildlife viewing.

Black Investment Consortium for Economic Progress SOUL District planning

Three concurrent surveys targeted to Black business owners and entrepreneurs, community influencers, and community members in the Portland metro area. The study supported BICEP’s development process for the SOUL District, which will serve as an economic center for the Black community in Portland, Oregon. The surveys identified barriers to success in the Black business community and explored potential solutions to these barriers. They also explored stakeholders’ values and concerns about their community’s economic well-being and assessed their perception of the SOUL District proposal.

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs economic development study

A quantitative and qualitative research project to determine tribal members’ views about economic development, community vision and values, internal culture and environment, and tribal governance. Components included small group discussions, one-on-one interviews with tribal council and administrative leadership, and a survey of tribal members.

Metro industrial lands research

Seven focus groups with business leaders in biotech, distribution, food and beverage, manufacturing, and other industries to assess their needs for space and attitudes about land use and transportation. The study also covered how climate change, green development, and urban density affect business expansion decisions in these industries.

Port of Portland international trade study

Quantitative and qualitative research with voters in the Portland, Oregon, metro area to assess their awareness and attitudes towards international trade. Findings informed efforts to win and keep voter approval for policies that support local companies involved in international trade.

Prosper Portland entrepreneurs study

A survey of almost 200 owners of new or fast-growing businesses in Portland, Oregon. Findings helped Prosper Portland understand the needs of startup businesses in the city and to inform potential new programs and actions the city could take to reduce barriers to growth.

Prosper Portland TechTown: Diversity Pledge

An annual study of people employed by companies that participate in the Portland Tech Diversity Pledge initiative. The research supports TechTown’s goal of creating and sharing data about the demographic representation of women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups within Portland tech companies. The annual report evaluates the local industry’s progress towards meeting its inclusion goals and provides participating companies with individualized scorecards to assess the success of their efforts.

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Surveys of Washington state voters and business owners to assess support for minimum wage proposal options.

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. and Southern Oregon Telecommunications and Technology Council 

In-depth interviews with representatives of over fifty companies. Interviews assessed the education and training needs of technology, engineering, and information management businesses and employees in two southern Oregon counties.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Stay at Work Program

A study intended to gain a better understanding the decision-making responsible for getting workers back on the job. The study included surveys and in-depth interviews of employers in high-injury sectors, workers who have experienced time loss, Labor & Industry employees, and medical providers who approve a return to work. Findings were used to improve outreach and develop a paid media strategy to raise the profile of the Stay at Work program.