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|Articles - June 2011|
|Wednesday, May 18, 2011|
Surely one of the most unique economies in the state is the one that has developed in the magnificent Mount Hood region. In our cover story, writer Jon Bell takes a long and deep look at the economic driving force of the mountain. Bell brings a unique perspective to this story because he wrote the book on Mount Hood. Titled On Mount Hood, it’s out this month.
Bell, a longtime contributing writer to Oregon Business, has a deep knowledge and love of the iconic peak. His book is subtitled A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak. While he didn’t risk his life for our story, his thorough examination of the many industries and businesses that depend on the bounty of Mount Hood wasn’t easy. But Bell climbed the vast and complex "Money Mountain" and lived to tell the tale.
It’s a fitting symbol to have the majestic mountain on this issue’s cover as we also announce the third annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon. Like our 100 Best Companies and 100 Best Nonprofits projects, employee satisfaction around how their company addresses sustainable issues in the workplace put these companies on the list. A newcomer, real estate and construction firm Redside, based in Oregon City, toppled green guru Gerding Edlen Development from its two-year perch as the No. 1 Best Green Company.
But it isn’t easy being green, as the results of this month’s Input show. Although a whopping 82% of respondents say their company employs sustainable business practices — up from 70% five years ago — a large majority also says those green efforts do not give their business a competitive advantage.
That’s an interesting disconnect. Maybe companies are not adequately explaining the benefits of saving energy, reducing waste and supporting a local supply chain (among other things) to their triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Looks like a lot of people are going through the motions of being green without believing in a payoff for their business.
June is the time when I get my own triple bottom line into gear: parties, pools and picnics. I plan to think deeply on green portals and regional economies as we finally head into summer.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER
The medical research enterprise wastes tens of billions of dollars a year on irrelevant studies. It’s time to fix it.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY SOPHIA BENNETT
The coastal town of Coos Bay appears poised to land every economic development director’s dream: a single employer that will bring hundreds of family-wage jobs and millions in tax revenue.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.
Friday, March 21, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Proposed regulations protect Portland’s strict zoning codes and hotel operators, but they may have an adverse effect on Airbnb’s business.
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