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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 issues and needs in the six-county, bi-state Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area (Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties). We have included the IMS mission statement and roster of IMS board members in this publication to give readers a clear sense of who we are and how we serve the region. You can find out about all of our initiatives and download additional copies of this publication from our web site: .

The theme for this edition of the Metropolitan Briefing Book is "Portland at the Crossroads." We chose this theme because the region is emerging from the recession, and we are observing changes in many of the factors that influence the everyday experiences of region's citizens. Although we have become used to a certain pace of change, recessions tend to accelerate transformations, particularly those affecting the economy. Thus, the citizens of the Portland-Vancouver region find themselves adapting to changing expectations at work, learning to communicate with different kinds of people in their neighborhoods and workplaces, and dealing with a shifting array of social and economic challenges.


Articles in this issue include: Critical Issues 2005; Portland's Regional Economy: The Dynamics of Change; Population Outlook for the Portland Vancouver Metropolitan Area; Talent, Place, and Prosperity: Metro Portland's Changing Labor Market and Economic Outlook; Environment, Economy, and Equity: Can We Find a Language for Fairness in Regional Planning?; Trade, Transportation, and Freight Mobility: Invest Now or Pay Later?

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