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|Articles - April 2013|
|Monday, April 01, 2013|
On March 16, my teenage son was among the hundreds of Oregonians who traveled north to watch the Portland Timbers play the Seattle Sounders. This game is a big deal, he informed me, well aware that my knowledge of things athletic is limited to kinder, gentler recreational activities such as bike commuting, camping and power walking around the neighborhood.
Between the two of us, my son and I represent the yin and yang of the Oregon athletics and recreation sector. As writer Jon Bell reports in this month’s cover story profiling eight game changers in the sports market, Oregon, like me, is not exactly known for being a sports powerhouse.
But as Bell observes, the state has also carved out a niche in certain sectors such as cycling, track and field, and soccer, a game my 18-year-old son has played since he was five. Add to that innovators in sports medicine and athletics technology — not to mention the spring debut of the Portland Thorns, the Timbers-backed National Women’s Soccer League team — and Oregon is starting to earn national recognition for its leadership in sports, on both the business and game fronts.
In this issue, we take a look at other industries and regions that might be considered rising stars, as well as pioneering players. My article on East Portland describes a neglected part of the city now creating innovative business models designed to revitalize, but not gentrify, languishing neighborhoods. One example is the Portland Mercado, the city’s first Latino public market, springing up near the Lents Urban Renewal Area in Southeast Portland.
Writer Dan Cook also reports on collaborative efforts to rebound the struggling timber industry in Eastern Oregon, where communities, timber companies and environmentalists are partnering to increase timber harvesting. The goal is to create jobs and keep mills open while restoring the health of overstocked, fire-prone forests.
Bringing together people with different interests to develop unique economic solutions and niche businesses seems to be the Oregon way, be it in resource management, urban development — or athletics. As for me, I’ll continue to ride my bike around the city, and my son will remain a big-time Timbers and Trail Blazers fan. Call it our familial way of upholding an enduring Oregon value: sportsmanship.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY JAKE THOMAS
An ancient institution moves slowly into the digital age.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
BY DEBRA RINGOLD | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How can we strengthen the performance of institutions charged with teaching what Francis Fukuyama calls the social virtues (reciprocity, moral obligation, duty toward community, and trust) necessary for successful markets and democracy itself?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Les Schwab has put a premium on customer service since 1952, when legendary namesake Les Schwab founded the company with one store in Prineville. (Schwab died in 2007.) But if the corporate principles remain essentially the same, the world around this iconic Oregon business has changed dramatically.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
A conversation about the event-planning industry with sales directors from McMenamins and the Portland Art Museum.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
BY MARY SPILDE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Community college career, technical and workforce programs present an opportunity to bring business and education together as never before.
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