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OREGON'S PORTS: Possibilities and problems
Connecting the dots
It won’t be easy, but Oregon’s coastal ports are in a position to play a major role in the next wave of local and international shipping.
By Abraham Hyatt
SHORT-SEA SHIPPING, using coastal and inland waterways to move commercial goods via barge or ship, is a hot topic in transportation circles these days. It takes trucks off already overloaded highways and improves air quality. Not surprisingly, the federal Maritime Administration loves the practice and has been pushing to expand it beyond the few places it’s already used, like the Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico and, in limited amounts, on the Columbia River.
Oregon state officials are also very interested for one simple reason: Multiple estimates show both ports and major highways running out of room in the next two decades, creating an economic ripple effect around the nation. “From a transportation perspective, we see the economic benefits when short-sea shipping kicks in. The larger state interest is on transportation because that’s what’s going to eat everyone’s lunch eight to 10 years from now,” says Dave Harlan, manager of ports and public policy with the state’s Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
Harlan and others say ports such as Brookings and Astoria could very well be a part of a short-sea shipping transportation web. That could be an economic godsend to the ports. In 2002, Brookings took out state loans to build several ill-conceived projects that port officials hoped would buoy the commercial fishing industry, which brings in about 3.2 million pounds of fish and crabs to the port each year. There was never enough business to keep those facilities running. Now they’re shuttered and the port is struggling to make payments on the $7.5 million it owes.
CONTAINERS, RAILROADS, BARGES, HIGHWAYS: It’s an interlocking web that touches every one Oregon’s 22 river and coastal ports. So how much local shipping could coastal ports handle?
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:
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!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
BY RYAN CARSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The president of LaPorte & Associates lets us in on his day-to-day life.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
A look-in on the life of Norris & Stevens' president.
Friday, October 24, 2014
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