The Kruse Way Economic Forum was founded in April 2001 as a venue for informed presentations and open discussion of social, economic, and political issues affecting the Portland metro area and the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help local businesses, professionals, and academic leaders stay informed and up-to-date on key issues them and the region. We hope to stimulate actions and understanding to address these issues in a thoughtful and positive manner. 

Past Kruse Way Economic Forums:



Disruptive Innovation in a Post-Mobile World: How You Can Transform Your Business, Create New Value and Stay Ahead of Your Competition
Economic Game Changers: Can Oregon Businesses Remain Profitable?


In the Eighth Year - Stuck in Second Gear?
Work Culture and Talent Gap


The Economic Outlook: New Opportunities and Risk in the Evolving Business Cycle
Performance Coaching: Learning the tangible tools that will equip you to bring out the best in every associate


Oregon Tech: How the Technology Industry is Fueling Innovation and Economic Growth
From Emergency Room to Recovery Room to Leaving the Hospital: The Oregon Economy is Healed


Finding your successor in the multi-generational workforce
Economic perspectives: what to expect in business and real estate in 2014


Starve Ups: how to accelerate your business growth
Investing in Oregon’s Future


Ten things you should know before starting a business
When will it feel good again? Economic Outlook 2012-2013


Three Oregon businesses succeeding in the current economy...and how they are doing it
Peering out of the foxhole at the Stimulus, the Deficit, and the Economic Upturn


Security Credit in Today’s Economy
Imagining the Future: how emerging Technologies will change your business


Financial storm or financial climate change? What businesses and families should do now to prepare
Protecting your company in the digital age


Love ‘em or lose ‘em: how to attract and retain your ideal workforce
Economic forecast 2008: how to profit in any economic cycle


Oregon Businesses going international: Opportunities in the Global Marketplace
Which way will the pendulum swing? Economic forecast 2007


Issues facing closely-held businesses
The future of the Pacific Northwest: a dynamic glimpse into the potential of globalization, Demographics, technology, and social change