How The Rise Of Telework Could Transform The Future of Rural Communities?

The allure of remote work. (Photo by Nina Uhlíková, Daria Shevtsova, and Alex from Pexels)

You can fit more than 40 Bends or 120 Walla Wallas in metro Seattle, and still have room for a few more Starbucks.

Named after the Farewell Bend in the Deschutes River, tech workers and executives have been making the delighted acquaintance of outdoor sports and craft-beer utopia Bend for several years. Nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the high desert, Bend is a summer and winter sports destination. It is also home to some of the best-known craft breweries in the region, including Deschutes, 10 Barrel, and Crux. The quality of life in Bend helps explain why its remote…


A perspective from the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Innovation Co-chairs, Nirav S. Desai and Sen. Mia Costello

As the roots of America were being established, Lisbon was one of the richest cities in the world. In 1755, an earthquake that caused a fire brought the Portuguese economy to a grinding halt. In that local crisis, Amsterdam and London displaced Lisbon’s trading empire. A crisis that closed down one city displaced a global empire. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world economy to its core — bringing cities and national economies to a grinding halt. But like any large machine, the U.S. and global economies will need an orderly restart to get humming again. We will recover from…

Nirav S. Desai

Entrepreneur and strategist who is working to fundamentally change how organizations source and implement technology innovative in the enterprise.

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