July 2011

Suburban builders move to the city

0711_ComingInFromTheSuburbsSince the mid 1990s, thousands of Oregonians — families, retirees, young adults — have forsaken the suburbs in favor of inner-city living. Now a new group, suburban homebuilders, are also jumping on the urban housing bandwagon.

Outside race firm draws local fire

0711_RunForMoney_03In March, the San Diego-based Competitor Group announced it would bring its popular Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series to Portland next May. The reaction was less enthusiastic among local companies that manage races in the area.

Japan's thirst fuels Earth2o growth

0711_RavagedJapanThirstyThe March Sendai tsunami and nuclear catastrophe have provided an Oregon bottled water company with an opportunity to enter the Japan market — and stay for the long haul.

Union workers picket contractor

0711_UnionVsContractorEvery weekday morning for months, workers from the regional carpenters union have gathered in front of the Portland offices of S.D. Deacon behind a banner picturing a drywall contractor recently arrested on felony charges, with the statement “Used by S.D. Deacon — Why?”

ZGF Architects' next generation

0711_Tactics_01Technology is stretching the boundaries of ZGF Architects, the fourth-largest architecture firm in the country.

How ready are we for disaster?

0711_InputGraph_01Are Oregon businesses prepared for disaster? With quakes, tornados and floods in the headlines recently, we wanted to know the extent of preparedness. 

The comeback trail

robin-BLOGThis year's Private 150 list points to some encouraging news about the state’s economy.