Econ Minute Podcast

Wildfires and regulation: How the Portland Spirit business deals with disaster

November 5, 2017

For this episode of Econ Minute, we are doing an experiment. In collaboration with the Oregon Transformation Project, we have Jim Pasero - author of the Oregon Transformation Newsletter - co-hosting while we interview Dan Yates, President of The Portland Spirit. Portland Spirit provides river cruises on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and owns a restaurant on the Columbia at Cascade Locks. Dan discusses the challenges of running a smallish business and how Oregon’s summer wildfires took a huge toll on his and other Northwest businesses. We also talk about some of the regulatory challenges of running a business in Portland.

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