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|Sunday, July 01, 2007|
OREGON'S PORTS: Possibilities and problems
Connecting the dots
It won’t be easy, but Oregon’s coastal ports are in a position to play a major role in the next wave of local and international shipping.
By Abraham Hyatt
SHORT-SEA SHIPPING, using coastal and inland waterways to move commercial goods via barge or ship, is a hot topic in transportation circles these days. It takes trucks off already overloaded highways and improves air quality. Not surprisingly, the federal Maritime Administration loves the practice and has been pushing to expand it beyond the few places it’s already used, like the Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico and, in limited amounts, on the Columbia River.
Oregon state officials are also very interested for one simple reason: Multiple estimates show both ports and major highways running out of room in the next two decades, creating an economic ripple effect around the nation. “From a transportation perspective, we see the economic benefits when short-sea shipping kicks in. The larger state interest is on transportation because that’s what’s going to eat everyone’s lunch eight to 10 years from now,” says Dave Harlan, manager of ports and public policy with the state’s Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
Harlan and others say ports such as Brookings and Astoria could very well be a part of a short-sea shipping transportation web. That could be an economic godsend to the ports. In 2002, Brookings took out state loans to build several ill-conceived projects that port officials hoped would buoy the commercial fishing industry, which brings in about 3.2 million pounds of fish and crabs to the port each year. There was never enough business to keep those facilities running. Now they’re shuttered and the port is struggling to make payments on the $7.5 million it owes.
CONTAINERS, RAILROADS, BARGES, HIGHWAYS: It’s an interlocking web that touches every one Oregon’s 22 river and coastal ports. So how much local shipping could coastal ports handle?
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
A new co-working model disrupts office sharing, child care and work-life balance as we know it.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS
Uncertainty in Greece and China, along with potential interest rate hikes mean investors are looking at the market and nervously questioning where they should be invested.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
When gossip crosses the line.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN
Telemedicine, new partnerships and real estate diversification make health care more accessible in rural Oregon.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Picking a business partner is not much different than choosing a spouse or life partner, and the business break-up can be as heart-wrenching and costly as divorce.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY GINA BINOLE
Screening for “culture fit” has become an essential part of the hiring process. But do like-minded employees actually build strong companies — or merely breed consensus culture?
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Transforming the culture of Oregon’s educational leadership.
The Board dismissed a petition related to efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team.
Every once in a while we receive a letter in the (fictional) mailbag that is tough to describe and quite compelling. This week, Isabel, the new HR manager at LabCo (and someone who is new to HR), wants to know whether she may fire the owner’s son for having an Oregon medical marijuana card. In passing, Isabel also makes a number of alarming admissions about her motivation. Here is Isabel’s nerve-racking question and our response to it.
Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.