Dr. Bill Conerly is the consultant who connects the dots between the economy and business decisions. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and was formerly Senior Vice President at First Interstate Bank.
Dr. Conerly is author of Businomics: From the Headlines to Your Bottomline — How to Profit in Any Economic Cycle, which provides business leaders with a framework for understanding current economic news. He is co-author of Thinking Economics, a multi-media high school economics curriculum used in 24 states.
Dr. Conerly has been interviewed on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN and local television and radio stations across the country. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and USA Today.
Dr. Conerly is chairman of the board of Cascade Policy Institute, a member of Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski's Council of Economic Advisors, and a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Josh Lehner is an Economist with the Office of Economic Analysis, located in the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. He develops the quarterly Oregon Economic forecast, including projections for employment, personal income and wages. Additional responsibilities include the Oregon Index of Leading Indicators, tracking international developments in Oregon’s export markets and forecasting revenues for the Oregon Lottery, Oregon Judicial Department and state tobacco taxes.
Mr. Lehner’s economic research, published primarily on the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis’ blog, has been cited by Calculated Risk, The Economist, Economist’s View, Financial Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post and other local media. Prior to joining the state, Mr. Lehner worked as a research analyst for a local economic development organization and published a paper on the border tax effect between neighboring jurisdictions. Mr. Lehner earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Economics from Portland State University.