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A few days after the tour ended, Merkley announced he was getting an early start on fundraising for his 2014 campaign. Already, he seems in a better position to attract the business vote. Carol Duncan for one, president of Clackamas-based General Sheet Metal, is a convert. “I backed Smith wholeheartedly,” says Duncan, who attended another roundtable held at Vigor Industrial during the tour. But Merkley has been “a pleasant surprise,” his focus on health care and vocational education a “perfect match for small business people.”
For his part, Merkley says he now has a good relationship with Oregon business. “I don’t view it as one large community I can characterize too simply, but a lot of individual relationships.” Made in Oregon helped build those relationships but it is also just one small step in the larger information gathering process that will help him clarify relevant policy goals to boost manufacturing. “I’m still immersed in a learning curve, trying to get my head around the issues.”
As that process continues, Merkley will inevitably draw on the same inquiry based pedagogical skill set that has become his signature. A few weeks before the tour launched, Merkley was in Elmer’s restaurant at Mall 205, located near his home in East Portland where he lives with wife Mary, son Jonathan, 16, and daughter Brynne, 14. He talked about how he worked with the Department of Defense last year to overcome their objections to the mammoth Shepherd’s Flat wind farm in Eastern Oregon. Officials were concerned the project would interfere with military radar, says Merkley, grabbing a napkin and drawing a picture showing exactly how turbine blades produce “clutter.”
“You might wonder, why did the Defense Department allow those turbines if they are going to obstruct their radar,” he says. “If you were to wonder that, I’d be happy to explain it to you.”
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Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.
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Portland is in the middle of another construction boom, with residential and office projects springing up downtown, in the Pearl and Old Town. OB Web Editor Jessica Ridgway documents the new wave.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Friday, August 22, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
When business intersects with family, a host of situations can arise. Without a clear vision and careful planning, hard-earned investments can become stressful burdens.
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