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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.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GARY THILL | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
A storied institution climbs down from the ivory tower.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Most of the food Americans consume is trucked in from hundreds of miles away. Eric Wilson, co-founder and CEO of Gro-volution, wants to change that. So this past spring, the Air Force veteran and former greenhouse manager started work on an alternative farming system he claims is more efficient than conventional agriculture, and also shortens the distance between the consumer and the farm.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Revenues in Oregon's private, for profit sector maintained solid growth as the economy continued to rebound.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Portland-based startup ImpactFlow recently announced a $5.7 million funding round. CEO and co-founder Tyler Foreman talks about matching businesses with nonprofits, his time at Intel and the changing face of philanthropy.
Monday, August 03, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
You may have noticed the photos of our rural health innovators departed from the typical Oregon Business aesthetic.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
When gossip crosses the line.
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Yesterday, a divided National Labor Relations Board dropped another hammer on the employer community. In a long-awaited and much debated move, the Board jettisoned the decades old standard for determining when two independent businesses should be considered joint employers of an individual worker for collective bargaining purposes.
Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.