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1 Oregon tribes expand their economies
2 The road to somewhere
3 Readers support both Measures 37 and 49
4 Reinvestment in education is vital
5 Workforce shortage also affects health-care IT
6 It’s time to make the tough water decisions
7 Deal Watch: VCs invest 15 million in Jive Software
8 Marine reserves rankle ports, fishermen
9 Timber woes continue in east
10 Mighty mite breeder sets up shop in Klamath Falls
11 Q&A with founder of Pacific Natural Foods, Chuck Eggert
12 Barley’s brews of Baker City beat out beer’s big boys
13 Another resort on tap for Central Oregon
14 Cove Springs: After all these years, the water’s still fine
15 Oregon industries brace for loss of aging workforce
16 The highest-paid CEOs in Oregon
17 Testing out your dream job while on vacation
18 How to satisfy the Generation Y worker
19 Next: Oregon Center for Aging and Technology
20 Ditching a tech job for the fun of flour
21 July '07 employment and business filing indicators
22 July '07 transportation indicators
23 July '07 real estate and construction indicators
24 July '07 farming, natural resources and energy
25 Wholesale trade delivers high-paying jobs
26 More business filers choose LLCs
27 Easy ways to tighten travel costs
28 Lithia Motors chief and his five fave cars
29 The path to excellence
30 Top CEO pay 2007
 

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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


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The clean fuels opportunity

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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.


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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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


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Dan and Louis Oyster Bar opens up to a changing neighborhood

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
121114-oystervidBy MEGHAN NOLT

VIDEO: Revamping a Classic — an iconic eatery stays relevant in a changing marketplace.


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See How They Run

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Friday, December 12, 2014
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Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.


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Healthcare pullback

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
112014-boehnercare-thumbBY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Each month for Oregon Business, we assess factors that are shaping current capital market activity—and what they mean to investors. Here we take a look at two major developments regarding possible rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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