A decade after many predicted a wave of high-tech rural entrepreneurs, much of rural Oregon is still waiting for those jobs to show up.
From time to time during the past decade, business magazines and technology journals have highlighted the new wave of rural entrepreneurs who were escaping the cities to carry on major economic enterprises in beautiful places surrounded by nature.
Trend-spotters were proclaiming that technology would increasingly free city dwellers of their urban-industrial chains so they could live far from urban sprawl.
A decade later, however, much of rural Oregon is still waiting for those jobs to show up.
“Ten years ago we talked about — but I didn’t necessarily believe — how this advent of technology would free us from living in big cities and economic activity would spread to rural areas,” said Tim Duy, director of the Oregon Economic Forum in Eugene and author of the monthly Oregon Index of Economic Indicators report.
Read more in today’s Mail Tribune.