We begin this conversation learning about how Lee became interested in economics: He was studying in Germany the day the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and he got to see the stark difference between a demand economy and a command economy first hand.
Lee discussed how the pandemic has affected the local economy in both positive and negative ways and what the huge influx of remote workers will mean for the future of Bend’s business community and job market. Lee also has expertise in the middle-class housing crunch and explains how spiking real estate prices can act as an impediment to job growth. Finally, we learn more about a few start-ups that opened Central Oregon within the last few years and which now have hundreds of employees.
Learn more about why Central Oregon continues to attract new businesses by reading the 2020 report from the Milken Institute which named Bend / Redmond the top performing small city in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row.
Listen to more from Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO on this week's episode of “Bend Don't Break,” hosted by the Source Weekly’s publisher Aaron Switzer and co-hosted by Laurel Brauns. Every week, we feature a guest from the community with a new perspective on living through the COVID-19 pandemic including mental health professionals, economists, educators, artists, business people, local leaders and historians.
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