"People still want to live here. We have to make it synergistic to live where you want and still make money." That’s one California transplant’s recent and sort of innocently reductive assessment of what it’ll take to get us out of the economic fix Oregon finds itself in as unemployment keeps dropping and the forecasts darken. And as one Portland entrepreneur told Forbes: "We give lip service to the economy here. But, really, business is not a priority here."

The Forbes piece echoes what everyone already suspects: that our best hope lies in the "green" sector. You never know, though: if the movie-making business takes off—and the success of Coraline suggests it might—we may have backup.