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Sean Robbins balances life, work, play

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Monday, November 05, 2012

1112 LiveWorkPlay SeanRobbinsIn August 2011, Sean Robbins became chief executive of Greater Portland Inc., a public-private partnership focused on increasing the vitality of the Portland-Vancouver region.

 

Cooking clean

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Monday, November 05, 2012

1112 Launch EcoZoomBen West was working for a trucking company in Tennessee, “getting good raises and good bonuses,” when he realized the work wasn’t making him feel good about what he was doing.

 

Business mood turns optimistic

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Monday, November 05, 2012

1112 InputGraph 02The business community is in a decidedly more optimistic frame of mind in this year’s polling on business mood.

 

Getting off the road

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Monday, November 05, 2012

1112 EditorsLetterThere's an old reporter's adage about our business: The definition of news is what your editors see on their way to work.

 
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