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|Thursday, March 27, 2014|
BY ERIC FLOWERS
Whoever said “golf is a good walk spoiled” ought to meet Paul Hodge. Hodge is the 40-year-old CEO of Bend-based GolfBoard, a mechanized personal transport system that is one part Segway, one part snowboard and totally unconventional. The boards, which will debut this spring at 250 courses around the United States, including several in Oregon, are in essence large electric-powered skateboards that allow golfers to surf the emerald fairways rather than trudge across them. A serial entrepreneur who has helped launch half a dozen startups over his career, Hodge is a passionate electric vehicle enthusiast but only a casual golfer. Perhaps that’s why it took him more than a year of riding prototype boards in California and Hawaii before he realized the commercial potential of an electric board. It’s a radical idea, but one, he feels, whose time has come. “We were going to be the rebels of the industry … to fight against the golf-course establishment,” says Hodge, explaining the team expected to be run off the proverbial fairways by tradition-obsessed golf-course managers. What they found was an industry eager to address the sport’s ongoing slump in America, where both the number of rounds played and number of total players is on the decline. GolfBoard has some 800 back orders for demo boards already; the company expects to double sales numbers next year. Says Hodge: “If the industry wants to survive, they need to be innovative.”
A Million-Dollar Idea
Thursday, June 11, 2015
In 2014, total revenue for camping and day use in Oregon State Parks was a little more than $17 million. That figure may even higher this year "because we've had exceptionally nice weather," Hughes says.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
An international architecture firm known for its design of the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York unveiled its plan this week for a modern indoor/outdoor food market at the foot of the Morrison Bridge in downtown Portland.
Friday, June 05, 2015
As temperatures in Oregon creep into the 90s this weekend, Oregonians' thoughts are turning to — summer baseball.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The technology at the center of Oregon’s road usage fee reform.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Oregon Business celebrated the 100 Best Green Workplaces with an awards luncheon yesterday at the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
As momentum grows at the state level to introduce far-reaching environmental regulations, such as carbon pricing and the Clean Fuels Program, Oregon employers continue to go the extra mile to create green workplaces for their employees.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
Astrid Scholz scales up sustainability.
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Oregon-based Environments helps companies create inspired workspaces. “Simply put, we help companies future-proof their workspaces,” says Chris Corrado, president. Since 1988,Environments has witnessed firsthand the changing landscape of business. Native Portlander and Environments founder Corrado says, “We help our clients navigate the complex realities of the workplace today and plan for their future in a very mindful, strategic way. We think of ourselves as their partners in the process.”
One hundred years ago, the Willamette River might easily have been mistaken for a sewer. Unchecked industrial activity and decades of pollution made it unrecognizable compared to the clean river that now flows north for 187 miles from Eugene through the center of Portland.
3 Degrees Event Celebrates 5th Year Bringing Nonprofit and Business Professionals Together to Benefit Portland.
Bend energy leader brings passion for efficiency and renewable energy to the nonprofit.
Event in Forest Grove marks recognition of Global Food Safety Initiative Certification.