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Technical Report

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Demographic surveys -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Population forecasting -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Portland Metropolitan Area (Or.)


The Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) was created to connect the resources of higher education to the needs of the six-county, bit-state Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area (Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties). In this spirit, we offer our 2007 Metropolitan Briefing Book. Our theme is regional variety. Variety has been touted as "the very spice of life" (William Cowper) and as "the mother of enjoyment" (Vivan Grey). Our region enjoys a good deal of variety--in its landscapes, in its economy, and in its people, their cultures, and their attitudes. These differences are important to local vitality and beauty. But while we generally view this variety as positive, we also worry about equity. Although we promote regional thought and action, we must understand that each community experiences the problems facing us in a slightly different way and often with significantly different resources.


Articles in this issue include: Critical Issues 2007: Our Region Speaks Its Mind; Population Outlook for the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region; Microclimates in the Portland-Vancouver Regional Economy; Educational Achievement: Shaping the Region's Reputation and Driving Its Economy; Ecological Landscapes: Connecting Neighborhood to City and City to Region; Transportation: Getting From Here to There in the Region; Public Finance: Differences, Similarities, and No Quick Fixes; Conclusions: Five Questions for the Future.

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