January 2009

State economist addresses states' pain

TomPotiowskyI’ve been thinking about the movie Independence Day. It starred Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum and an alien attack on earth.

Deal Watch: Vestas expands Portland presence

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Until early December, the biggest news coming from Vestas Wind Systems, a Denmark-based windmill company with its North American headquarters in Portland, was that Washington state’s largest utility, Puget Sound Energy, had placed an order for 22 of its wind turbine generators.

Battered bond market hurts public projects

Hidden within the larger economic fluctuations of last year was serious news for Oregon municipalities.

Film office wants a starring role

OregonFilmOregon’s new head of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television wants more money to lure out-of-state productions.

Young and restless in the House

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In the last legislative session they were known as the “Five under 35.” This year their ranks have grown and they have a new name: the “10 under 36.”

Significant water funding sinks

It was an ambitious plan felled by the collapsing economy. But since we’re talking water, contentiousness also played a hand.