With Oregon’s leading universities pulling together, there’s reason for optimism about the state economy in 2013, University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson said Wednesday during his keynote discussion at the 2013 Economic Forecast at the Hilton Eugene & Conference Center.
“We’re extremely optimistic,” Gottfredson told a collection of business leaders, elected officials and others numbering in the hundreds. “‘Bullish’ would be the word to use.”
The annual forecast, produced by The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce with The Register-Guard, features experts who provide local and regional economic predictions for the coming year. As co-keynote speakers, Gottfredson and OSU President Edward Ray outlined the economic development roles of their institutions and urged business leaders and elected officials to work with the universities in enhancing quality of life for Oregonians.
Last year alone, the UO and OSU collectively brought in nearly $400 million in research dollars that result in discovery, innovation and economic activity for Oregonians.