February 2009
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1 Dispatches from Main Street
2 What will save Central Oregon?
3 Read it and don’t weep
4 Dropoff in building fees squeezes city budgets
5 Housing downturn hits senior sector
6 Q&A with Gale Castillo, president of the Hispanic Metro chamber
7 Ex-Im Bank helps traded sector
8 University endowments decline
9 Hospital jobs down, but sector steady
10 Good news for small papers
11 Economist Eric Fruits on Oregon’s jobless rate
12 Even the A.G. is pushing for job creation
13 Business bankruptcies increase 67% in 2008
14 Mt. Bachelor attempts to win back skiers
15 Oregon turns 150 on Feb. 14
16 Stocks that went up
17 Health reform still plans Salem campaign
18 Jobless fund steady despite rising claims
19 Graphic: Western states' small-biz pay grows in '08
20 Economy pummels King Ag
21 Port of Astoria expansion stalls
22 Commercial real estate hits lows
23 Tactics: Hoffman Construction's work in progress
24 Tea founder brews more startups
25 Tax law changes will impact 2008 returns
26 Deal Watch: Freightliner lands bittersweet military order
27 Oregon recession swallows restaurant industry
28 Employment ads get even scarcer
29 Survey: Downturn's effect on Oregon businesses
30 Next: an anti-malarial drug
31 November '08 employment and business indicators
32 November '08 transportation indicators
33 November '08 real estate and construction indicators
34 November '08 farming, natural resources and energy indicators
35 Powerlist: Meeting facilities

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The clean fuels opportunity

Monday, November 10, 2014
111014-dirtyfuel-thumbBY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


Free Falling

Contributed Blogs
Thursday, December 18, 2014
121714-oilprice-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

The implosion of the energy complex: The best thing for low oil prices is low oil prices.


Corner Office: Steve Tatone

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


Growing a mobility cluster

Friday, October 31, 2014
0414 bikes bd2f6052BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland?  The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented.  But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.


Corner Office: Pam Edstrom

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.


Corner Office: Timothy Mitchell

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

A look-in on the life of Norris & Stevens' president.

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