September 2011

Prices for farm products increase

0911_IndicatorsGraph_03Farmers have been getting more for their goods. The July 2011 price index for all farm products was up 31% over 2010, with crops up 41% and livestock up 18%.

Oregon Business ranks top 3

0911_OBTop3Oregon Business has been named one of the top three small business-to-business publications in the nation by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

Portland home to chicken-sitting business

0911_WhatTheCluckPortland is home to what may be the nation’s first chicken-sitting business: Just Us Hens. 

The Dalles sees payoff in a decade of steady effort

0911_TheDallesAfter about a decade of slow but steady growth, The Dalles continues to pursue a balanced model of development: gentrifying the area’s downtown with wine bars, cafés and streetscape improvements while also preserving industrial land necessary to attract employment.

Questions linger on pricey toxic cleanup

0911_PriceyCleanupEnvironmental officials are quick to assert that Oregon’s most expensive publicly funded cleanup is not failing from an environmental perspective. But from a real estate perspective, the $55 million cleanup of the former McCormick & Baxter creosote factory in North Portland has created complications.

Made-in-Oregon grills gain popularity

0911_MakGrillsBob and Kerrie Tucker expanded their precision metal shop, MAK Metals, from 6,000 to 30,000 square feet as the recession spread in 2008. They launched their first consumer product, MAK grills, in July 2009. Next they had to convince people to spend $2,000 on a barbecue in a terrible economy. It worked.