Yes the local OSU has a faster pace of growth. But they had a much lower starting point, which makes the growth more dramatic than it appears.
"Local OSU Sets Pace In Growth." Bulletin, 11/21/11.
I also suspect that it has gotten a real boost from the economic malaise around here. When in doubt, go back to school.
If I remember correctly, there was a few years in the middle of the boom when they weren't getting enough students, and the state was thinking of shutting it down.
I'm glad they are managing to build this institution in an atmosphere of cuts.
Such an approach to growth would have been handy with Juniper Ridge, the bus system, and the water system.
Doing what's possible, instead of building a huge new campus.
Someday, when it's time, they may have a new campus, and that will be good too.
Financial guy, Bill Valentine, gets props for predicting the housing bubble in March of 2006.
"Real Estate Contrarian Buys Back In." Bulletin, 11/21/11.
I think that was about the time that a lot of us bubble bloggers started speaking up about the bubble. (I started my blog in November, 2006, after reading Bend Economy Man, and Bend Bubble I and II for several months.)
After years of doubts -- I can remember wondering earlier in the decade where all these new people were coming from and where they were working-- I think it had become so obvious to some of us by 2006 that we began stating our doubts out loud.
Which is why is still bugs me when people running for office in the town, and so-called 'experts', are quoted in the paper as saying, "There was no way we could have foreseen the crash."
Stuff and nonsense.
I was also alarmed at the time by the crazy building of commercial property here in Bend. I think the powers that be have managed that crash under the radar mostly, but it's still hanging out there.
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