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|Articles - January 2013|
|Monday, December 10, 2012|
The new year always brings the urge to assess the past and gaze into the future. Looking back over the year’s efforts by the Oregon Business team, I measure our success not only by the breadth and depth of our coverage and how well we covered the diversity of Oregon’s business issues, but whether we consistently got at the “why” behind news stories and economic trends.
One of the most important services that OB provides is getting behind the numbers and analyzing the data. OB research editor Brandon Sawyer is a specialist at that. His Data Dig feature in the October issue delved into the CEO pay of Oregon’s top public companies versus the stock performance of those companies. If you haven’t read it, the results are surprising and important. It’s research that no one else in the state has done and made publicly available.
Our coverage reached far and wide, from a story about how a family ranch in Maupin survives economically in this day and age to the money behind the sale of Oregon’s Kiger mustangs. We traveled to a good bit of the state with reports on Corvallis, Newberg-Dundee, The Dalles, and the corridor cities of Salem, Albany, Springfield and Eugene. In each, we wrote about how those towns and regions are innovating and meeting their challenges. Our coverage of wildly different trends included the rise of the “Mommy” economy, the maturation of Oregon’s film and TV industry, why Portland has such a hot restaurant economy (it isn’t just the good food) and 10 green ideas that can change the world.
And while numbers and regional trends are important, so are the leaders in the state. We profiled many of them over the months, including consummate businessman and go-to citizen Tom Kelly, as well as Mike Green and his efforts to bridge the tech economy and black America.
These were just a few of the many, many stories in our magazine and on our website that we produced with the mission to intelligently inform our readers about business and economic issues.
Looking forward, we’ve got a great year coming up. Most notably, our 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon workplace research project turns 20 in 2013. That is another effort by Oregon Business to set the standard for great practices and also to help businesses get the information they need to thrive. We hope your holidays are warm and merry, and your New Year filled with success.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
The right sunglasses can protect your eyes and look cool at the same time. This being the 21st century, select shades are socially conscious, too. Portland brand Shwood uses wood and other natural materials and manufactures locally. Founded by Ann Sacks, the brand Fetch dedicates a portion of its profits to animal welfare. But whether you choose classic tortiseshell or aviator chic, please, shed the sunglasses when you walk in the door — and, of course, at night.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
While most categories of commercial real estate have performed well, one of the most robust has been apartment buildings.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
Reinventing capitalism. Office dumpster divers. Handprints versus carbon footprints.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Oregon’s new marijuana law is expected to lead to a bevy of new business opportunities for the state. And not just for growers. Law firms, HR consultants, energy efficiency companies and many others are expected to benefit from the decriminalization of pot, according to panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast meeting on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Spring rains are the bane of an Oregon cherry farmer’s existence. Even a few sprinkles can crack the fruit so badly it’s not worth picking. Science to the rescue: Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a spray-on film that cuts rain-related cracking in half, potentially saving a season’s crop. The coating, patented as SureSeal, is made from natural chemicals similar to those found in the skins of cherries: cellulose, palm oil-based wax and calcium.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY HANNAH WALLACE
Travelers have always come to Oregon for its natural beauty. But will the increasing popularity of agritourism, European-style hiking getaways and forest resorts relax Oregon's notoriously strict land-use laws?
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