Biz news quiz 2017: So, so much winning
It was the year the DOW's bubble kept expanding, but it was dwarfed by cryptocurrencies.
It was the year the boomers retired in droves.
It was the year Portland kept building buildings and anyone could pull on an orange hoodie for the team.
It was the year Amazon made 200 plus cities act like One-Click purchasers in the scramble to lure their second headquarters.
It was the year corporate compensation and minimum wages started creeping up, the but vast middle were left behind.
Portland's economy kept chugging along on low interest rates and a steady flow of young graduates.
What do you remember of 2017? Take the Biz Trib Biz Quiz and judge yourself.
1. Gunderson, LLC is using an increasing number of robots to do welding on their products. How much does one robotic arm cost?
2. Bill Wyatt, the Director of the Port of Portland, announced in January he would retire in June. What is he doing now?
a. Relaxing on the beach with his PERS in Costa Rica
b. Being Director of Airports, Salt Lake City
c. Preparing a run for Oregon Governor in 2022
d. Teaching Zumba at L.A. Fitness Pearl
3. Since the introduction of inclusionary housing which states new residential buildings with over 20 units must have a percentage devoted to affordable housing, how many residential permits were filed Between Feb. 1 and Aug. 1 with Portland's Building Development Services?
4. What is Blockchain?
a. An anti-federalist currency issued by a railroad company in 1889
b. Guy Fieri's new two-star restaurant on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division
c. A continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography
d. A Beaverton Soundcloud rapper
5. Metro, which operates the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, spent how much to refurbish the Portland sign on the outside of the building?
6. Venice, California-based Parachute opened its second U.S. store on Northwest 23rd Avenue next to Salt & Straw and Fetch Eyewear selling what?
a. Nail art
b. Army surplus outdoors gear
c. Estate planning services
d. Bedding and towels
7. The 1982 Michael Graves-designed Portland Building which houses several city bureaus closed for two years for renovation. The most important repair involves what?
a. Fixing leaks (water)
b. Fixing leaks (information)
c. The addition of a new executive lounge, sun deck and spa
d. S.A.D. lamps above all desks
8. Portland International Airport's $1 billion expansion will include which of the following?
a. A Salt & Straw superstore with 400-plus flavors
b. Radio frequency screening corridors instead of pat downs
c. A Japanese-style capsule hotel
d. Amazon HQ3
9. Michael Irwin, the Federal Security Director for the State of Oregon, would work with the following in a Portland disaster or terrorist incident?
b. Port of Portland police department, the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FEMA and the Coast Guard
c. Mayor Wheeler
d. All of the above
10. In June, Developer-philanthropist-real estate magnate Jordan Schnitzer's foundation put up $5 million towards the creation of what?
a. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University
b. Jordan Schnitzer's Factory 2.0, an Andy Warhol-themed eatery at Pioneer Place Mall
c. Jordan Schnitzer Village, a tiny home development at Centennial Mills on the Willamette River
d. The Jordan Schnitzer College of Philanthropy in Las Vegas
11. In September, Portland State University's Business School opened it newly expanded Karl Miller Center, with what special new features that push the envelope in school architecture?
a. A faculty lounge with wine and microbrews on tap
b. A 20,000-volume library
c. A vape room, sponsored by Wieden + Kennedy, which produces 50 percent of the building's potable water
d. Classrooms with natural light
12. The Lloyd Center reopened in August after a $50 million remodel. Which was NOT one of the new features?
a. A spiral staircase
b. A reformatted ice rink
c. A Claire's BOGO sale on earrings
d. An indoor snow machine
13. In May, the Portland Development Commission rebranded as what?
a. The Business Alliance for Equity and Inclusion
b. Developers for a Better Portland
c. Portland Office of Prosperous Developers
d. Prosper Portland
14. The Portland-area four-pronged bid to lure Amazon's second headquarters, HQ2, included which sites?
a. 100 acres of warehouse land in the North Milwaukie Innovation District.
b. The site of ESCO Corporation
c. Montgomery Park plus one fifth of Forest Park
d. The Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Camas, Washington
15. What is Alberta
a. An urban retail shopping center on the MLK/Alberta commercial lot with regulated affordable spaces
b. A luxury condo development on the site of the old Clown House on Northeast Alberta Street
c. A new Netflix miniseries about Prince Albert going "slumming" in Victorian London
d. An anarchosyndicalist commune that has been squatting the Bye and Bye since 2016
16. The Morrison Bridge received a $10.4million deck replacement this fall made of which material?
a. Recycled aluminum cans
b. Steel, concrete and epoxy
c. Lightweight carbon nanotubes developed at OSU
d. Dollar bills
17. Amazon began work on what in Troutdale?
a. HQ2, Amazon's new second headquarters with jobs for 50,000 people
b. A 74-acre robotics fulfilment center worth $178.4 million and more than 2,000 parking stalls
c. A delivery drone pad on the roof of the Home Depot
d. A fleet of shareable bicycles for spontaneous Amazon Prime Now two-hour delivery.
18. In June, Zidell Marine launched its last barge from South Waterfront, named ZM277. Where was the barge headed?
a. Puget Sound for transporting fossil fuel
b. Guangdong, full of American made products
c. Lake Erie, to load up on coke and iron ore
d. The Pacific trash gyre, to begin scooping it up
19. Thomas Cully Park at Northeast 72nd Avenue in Portland is being built on what?
a. A former landfill
b. A pioneer cemetery
c. The site of a new runway proposed for PDX
d. The lacrosse field of Portland Community College
20. Container terminal operator ICTSI and the Port of Portland parted ways in February, ending the 25-year lease 18 years early. Terms of the deal included:
a. ICTSI to pay the Port $11.45 million and return $10 million in equipment.
b. The Port to pay ICTSI $11.45 million and return $10 million in equipment
c.The International Longshore and Warehouse Union to pay ICTSI $11.45 million and return $10 million in equipment
d. The Port to pay ILWU $11.45 million and return $10 million in equipment
21. The Portland Japanese Garden opened its Cultural Crossing project with expanded offices, classrooms, tea room and gift store, in time for cherry blossom season in March. Architect Kengo Kuma is also known for what designs?
a. The next four Bamboo Sushis in Portland
b. The Olympic Village drug test center at Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics
c. A Street of Dreams McMansion in Happy Valley
d. The Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.
22. Coava Coffee Roasters, a bootstrapped company with no outside investors, opened three locations this year. Which is the fake one?
a. A public roasting house in inner southeast
b. A coffee shop in the Museum District
c. A coffee shop in San Diego
d. A cart inside City Hall
23. According to the Bald Futurist, former Intel employee Steve Brown, the number one job in 29 states is threatened by automation. That job is:
24. Travel Portland reports that five new hotels are opening in Portland in 2018. Which of these is not one of them?
a. Cornelius Hotel, a "lifestyle" hotel downtown on Alder. St.
b. The Sheltering Sky by Hilton, Moroccan themed with a mini souk in the lobby, Pearl District.
c. Radisson Red, for the keyless and menu driven business traveler, downtown on Broadway
d. The Hoxton Portland, showcasing London hipsterism on the roughest part of Burnside.
25. Which headline will likely occur in the Portland Tribune in January 2018?
a. DOW plummets as Magnitude 9 earthquake wipes out Oregon
b. Portland's first bitcoin-only strip club to close
c. Amazon chooses Beaverton for HQ2
d. None of the above
END OF YEAR BIZ QUIZ 2017 ANSWERS
1b, 2b, 3a, 4c, 5c, 6d, 7a, 8b, 9d, 10a, 11d, 12c, 13a, 14a, 15a, 16b, 17b, 18a, 19a, 20a, 21c, 22d, 23a, 24b, 25d.
16-20: News savvy! You're lit like the Gorge in July. Congrats.
11-15: Good show. You know your fake news from your infotainment.
6-10: Pay attention. Your city needs you.
1-5: You clearly know next to nothing about business, but tax cuts should cure that.