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On The Scene: Ecotourism comes to Portland

sceneblogbwThe fourth Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) is in Portland today and Friday and this year it drew about 340 delegates from over 20 countries.  Put on by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) — which is celebrating its 20th year —the conference this year focuses on practical ideas.

On The Scene: Street of Dreams

sceneblogbwPortland’s high-profile Street of Dreams celebrated its 35th anniversary with a showcase of luxury houses in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a 1,250 sq. ft. pre-fab of the future from Ideabox that sells for about $150,000, to a 6,000 sq. ft. three-story mansion hidden in the forest. But in these trying times when Portland’s home sales are plummeting (the newest report from the National Association of Realtors shows that overall home sales in Portland were down 28.1% from last year), just how necessary is a show that touts the merits of expansive home gyms and large separate guest quarters?

On The Scene: SEO Tips and Tricks

sceneblogbwSearch Engine Academy Northwest held a short SEO training workshop on August 18.  Essentially SEO 101, the class went over quick changes anyone can make to their website to help the site rise higher in search results.

On The Scene: Web 4.0 engaged content

sceneblogbwDigital brand builder Paul Barron stood in front of social media aficionados and restaurant and hospitality industry folks in Lola's Room, above the Crystal Ballroom.  He surveyed the crowd that included award-winning Tweeters and social media brand developers, there to attend a talk hosted by the Social Media Club of Portland. "Media as we know it is over," Barron said.

On The Scene: Social networking in the corporate world

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Four panel members from very different social media backgrounds, ranging from one whose company blocks social media unless approved by management to one who counsels businesses on avoiding lawsuits stemming from social media, came together to discuss how social media is rapidly changing the business world. 

On The Scene: Wyden's beer bash

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Sen. Ron Wyden met with members of the Oregon craft brewing community to discuss his proposed tax breaks.  Out of all of Oregon's industries, why should the government be helping brewers?

On the Scene: Portland's indie music

sceneblogbwThe City Club of Portland explored the city's indie music scene with a forum on Friday featuring four local musicians and Metro President David Bragdon as moderator.  What exactly is it about Portland that is encouraging so many musicians to move to the area, and how can the city capitalize on this community asset?

On the Scene: Creating content for good

sceneblogbwFor 30 hours last weekend, Pioneer Square was a three-ring circus of sorts, with swing dance lessons, Taiko drums and a comedian named Sasquatch, all streamed live to the Internet. This wasn’t just another YouTube video; it was the future of fundraising.

On the Scene: Good, clean beer

sceneblogbwNeon pink wrist-banded beer lovers teetered around North Portland’s Overlook Park this weekend for the 6th annual North American Organic Brewer Festival. It wasn't just about booze and frivolity; the organic beer market has more than doubled over five years.

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