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RPC Issues Symposium: "Stop the Bleeding" Panel Discussion, Jan. 24, 2023

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

Panel Discussion Shows The Effects of Taxes & Bureaucracy on Portland's Economy

RPC held its second Issues Symposium on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 featuring a panel of experts discussing the serious economic issues facing Portland & how to address them. Panelists addressed current market conditions in the downtown Portland market, the slow pace of permitting in Portland, and the impact of high tax rates on the local economy. Held at Portland's Revolution Hall, the Symposium was recorded and can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Presentations and Materials

Market & Business Climate

Panelist: Cayla Wardenburg, Senior Vice President, JLL Brokerage

Portland Market Update & Survey of Downtown Businesses

FEI/JLL, September 2022
FEI Presentation Final
Download PDF • 3.48MB

Bureaucracy Weighs Down Permitting Process

Panelist: Jerry Johnson, Principal, Johnson Economics

RPC Report: Comparison of Residential Permitting Trends

Selected Portland Metro Area Jurisdictions

Johnson Economics, January 2023 (Commissioned by Revitalize Portland Coalition)
Johnson research and comparison on permitting
Download PDF • 625KB

Impact of Rising Tax Rates: Property, Income, and Business Taxes

Panelist: Patrick Gilligan, Executive Vice President, LP West

Chris Robinson, Senior Counsel, CRK Law Group

Emcee: Kara Unger, Talon M Management Partners Moderator: Julia Winkler - Winkler Development Corporation Cayla Wardenburg, Senior Vice President, JLL Brokerage on downtown leasing

Jerry Johnson, Principal, Johnson Economics on development process Patrick Gilligan, Executive VP, LPC West on taxes Chris Robinson, Senior Counsel, CRK Law Group

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