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Rob Smith joins us for our usual business check-in.

Oregon’s film and television industry is thriving thanks to three TV shows that are shooting here: Portlandia, Grimm and Levereage. But there’s actually a shortage of local talent — such as animators and graphic artists — according to some of the smaller produciton companies that are based here.

There’s a dispute going on at the Port of Portland’s container terminal. The longshoreman’s (ILWU Local 8) union claims it has jurisdiction over refrigerated containers coming in to the port, but the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says otherwise. The ILWU is suing the terminal’s owners and meanwhile, shipping at the terminal is slower than normal.

A Vancouver-based yacht-building company is showing what it means to diversify a niche business in order to weather touch economic times. After a severe reduction in staff since 2008, Christensen Shipyards branched out to building renewable energy products like wind turbines as well as some defense contracting work.

Town car and limosine companies in Portland are unhappy with the city’s regulation that they must charge more than cabs for rides to the airport. Two companies have filed a lawsuit against the city to try and change the long-standing rule.

Do you drive a limo or a cab? What’s your take on the city’s regulations? Do you work at the Port of Portland? How is the dispute at the container terminal affecting you? Do you work in Oregon’s film and television industry? Have you noticed a shortage of local talent? What’s the best solution?

What other business news is on your mind?

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