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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.
Monday, March 02, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Portland-based healthcare provider ZoomCare said it plans to “remake American healthcare” by expanding its on-demand urgent care model to emergency, surgery, dental and primary care, among others.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BY TAMSEN LEACHMAN | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
It is important to understand the EEOC’s priorities, and ensure that your leadership understands the shifting expectations of regulators and the heightened standards to which you (and they) may be held.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
New events series brings magazine to life.
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT | OB CONTRIBUTOR
"Shipping containers to Portland is like waiting for a bus that travels once a day."
Thursday, February 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Employment in Oregon is almost back up to prerecession levels — and employers are having to work harder to entice talented staff to join their ranks. This year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project showcases the kind of quality workplaces that foster happy employees.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Five years in the making, the Portland Mercado — the city’s first Latino public market — will celebrate its grand opening April 11. A $3.5 million public-private partnership spearheaded by Hacienda CDC, the market will house 15 to 20 businesses in the food, retail and service sectors. It has some big-name funders, including the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and JPMorgan Chase. The project goals are equally ambitious: to improve cross-cultural understanding, alleviate poverty and spur community economic development.
Monday, February 23, 2015
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB CONTRIBUTOR
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Since 1932 Tidewater Transportation & Terminals (operating as Tidewater Barge Lines and Tidewater Terminal Company) has operated a multicommodity transportation and terminal company based in Vancouver, Washington. The friendly expression on the company’s shipping containers reflects the attitude of about 330 safety and community-conscious employees but belies how complicated the barge business really is.
The Port of The Dalles has run marine facilities since the 1930s, but they are part of a larger mission to strengthen the local economy. They focus on regional economic development with a strong bent toward adding good-paying jobs in high tech, manufacturing and other industries.
The Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Like the advent of the locomotive, the cloud creates business opportunities that simply weren’t possible before now. Get up to speed fast in May at an exciting cloud-empowered Portland event.
Registration is now open for Portland Business Alliance’s Annual Meeting, one of the largest business gatherings in Portland each year.