Report disputes Portland’s status as a mecca for lazy young people


An interview in U.S. News & World Report argues young people come to the Rose City to be entrepreneurs, not retire.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

A story in  U.S. News & World Report reports young people come to the Rose City to be entrepreneurs, not retire.

Purely by coincidence, of course, the source disputing Portlandia’s flagship line works for the Portland Development Commission.

From the Portland Tribune:

“Over the past five years, Portland has become more recognized for its entrepreneurial, design and tech talent,” [PDC senior business development officer Katherine] Krajnak said. “This has helped elevate the brand for Portland and thus made it easier for existing companies to attract the talent they need.”

U.S. News & World Report said two new PDC programs, the Portland Incubator Experiment and the Portland Seed Fund, have grown 60 businesses representing about 775 jobs and $140 million.

For job-seeking youngsters who don’t have a grand entrepreneurial vision, OregonLive.com reports that demand for workers remains high.

In Oregon and across the country, the number of job ads fell by about 1 percent between November and December, according to a report issued Wednesday by The Conference Board. That still amounts to nearly 5.2 million ads nationwide, including 74,500 for openings in Oregon. 

“Labor demand in 2014 continued its steady growth pattern to new series highs,”  Conference Board managing director Gad Levanon said in the report. 

 And for even younger go-getters: Lemonade Day, it appears, is expanding throughout the Willamette Valley.

Lemonade Day is a program designed to teach kids how to start and operate their own business. It started in the Salem-Kaiser area, but will be running in Portland and Eugene this year — on May 3 — as well, according to a story in the Statesman Journal.

More than 1,000 kids from the Salem-Keizer School District participated, selling a total of $30,000 worth of lemonade in four hours from dozens of lemonade stands across town. … The goal, Conrad said, is to have 6,000 participants statewide.

“I have never been more excited about a program than this,” Conrad said in a press release. “Being an entrepreneur myself, I recognize the benefits an entrepreneurial program for kids can provide.”