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|Thursday, March 22, 2012|
BY JON BELL
Massive data centers have sprung up across Oregon over the past few years. And with Apple’s announcement in February that it, too, will be setting up shop in Prineville, Oregon will likely continue to provide fertile ground for even more massive server farms. “It’s a great place to use outside air for cooling, there have been some nice tax incentives and there are lower costs for power,” says Eric Hulbert, president and CEO of Opus Interactive, a Portland hosting firm that moved into an 80,000-square-foot data center in Portland last fall. “Overall, your costs are less. That’s a big advantage.”
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350 Estimated number of people directly employed by major data centers in Oregon
$148 million Estimated economic activity related to Facebook’s capital spending in Oregon in 2010-11
$3 million State and local tax revenues associated with Facebook’s Oregon operations
28 megawatts Electricity that Facebook’s Prineville data center consumes annually
30 megawatts Electricity consumed by all other homes and businesses in Crook County
SB 1532 Legislation passed this year by the Oregon House and Senate exempting data centers from certain taxes
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Like all good journalists, OB editorial staff typically eschew freebies. But health care costs being what they are, digital news editor Jacob Palmer couldn't resist ZoomCare's offer of a three-in-one (cleaning, exam, whitening) dental office visit, guaranteed to take no more than 57 minutes.
Friday, June 05, 2015
As temperatures in Oregon creep into the 90s this weekend, Oregonians' thoughts are turning to — summer baseball.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Jeff Lang and his wife Rae used to dole out campaign checks like candy. “We were like alcoholics,” Lang says. ”We couldn’t just give a little.”
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
As momentum grows at the state level to introduce far-reaching environmental regulations, such as carbon pricing and the Clean Fuels Program, Oregon employers continue to go the extra mile to create green workplaces for their employees.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
There are more than 160 farmers markets in Oregon, contributing an estimated $50 million in sales, according to the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. We checked in on the Forest Grove market, which for several years has brought local produce and food vendors to Main Street in the center of town.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
The recent tragedy in Philadelphia has called attention to Amtrak and the nation's woefully underfunded rail service. Here are six facts about the Amtrak Cascades corridor between Eugene and Vancouver B.C.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation with Gene Pelham, CEO of Rogue Credit Union.
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Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”
One hundred years ago, the Willamette River might easily have been mistaken for a sewer. Unchecked industrial activity and decades of pollution made it unrecognizable compared to the clean river that now flows north for 187 miles from Eugene through the center of Portland.
Bend energy leader brings passion for efficiency and renewable energy to the nonprofit.
Event in Forest Grove marks recognition of Global Food Safety Initiative Certification.
Colette Young to lead staff at Southwest Portland branch.