On January 28th, 2011 the City Club of Portland hosted a forum of Oregon business association leaders including Sandra McDonough of the Portland Business Alliance (PBA), Duncan Wyse, president of the Oregon Business Council (OBC), Jay Clemens president and CEO of the Associated Oregon Industries (AOI) and Ryan Deckert, president of the Oregon Business Association (OBA). Sandra McDonough started off the forum by explaining the “circle of scarcity” and its effect on the Oregon economy. She discussed the recent research that the PBA had completed along with Eco Northwest and Portland’s standings in comparison with its peer cities: Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle. Duncan Wyse followed with an explanation of the Oregon Business Plan and its primary goals. Jay Clemens detailed the ten initiatives within the Oregon Business Plan to grow jobs and improve the business community. Finally, Ryan Deckert summarized urgency of the current economic and business situation stating that we need to get everyone involved in the work of making fundamentally different decisions regarding our state’s business, economic and educational systems. Following the forum, an insightful question and answer session was held. Listen to an audio recording of the event atwww.pdxcityclub.org/friday_forum_archive.