In Newport, business and community leaders are working on attracting new residents and what they’re calling “lifestyle entrepreneurs.” They want to brand the coast as a place to live, work, and play to slowly convert tourists to residents — residents who will bring their businesses (and their money) with them.
But what impact will this actually have? Can the slow movement of one entrepreneur after another make a real difference to the local economy? Many people say yes, but Tim Duy, an economist at the Univesity of Oregon disagrees.
We’ll get into this debate tonight at a local watering hole in Newport’s trendy (and growing) Nye Beach. If you’re in the neighborhood we welcome you to join us at Cafe Mundo. The reception begins at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm sharp.
And in case you’re far from Newport, we hope we’ll have a chance to meet up with you in the future. This program is the first of several we’ll be doing in the coming months to explore how rural communities are coping with the recession. We’ll be travelling to Southern and Eastern Oregon in the coming months. The Rural Economy Project is a partnership between OPB and the Rural Development Initiative, Sustainable Northwest, and The Oregon Consortium & Oregon Workforce Alliance.
But for today’s show: have you recently moved to the Oregon coast? What do you do for a living? If you’re a long-time resident, what kinds of new businesses and people would you like to welcome? What do you think of the branding of the coast?
NOTE: We’ll be recording this show in front of an audience on April 19th at Cafe Mundo in Newport. There’s a reception at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm sharp. It’s first come, first seated, so get there early!