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1 Boom times for bang bang
2 Finding the right social engagement
3 Baker proposes $17 million multi-university center
4 Going green
5 Forecast: foggy with slippery conditions
6 It’s a small world
7 Post a job, prepare for the flood
8 Economist John Mitchell addresses retirement woes
9 Deal Watch: Two water contracts keep Northwest Pipe on course
10 Ebb tide in the Central Coast’s economy
11 Airport traffic loses altitude
12 January '09 employment and business indicators
13 Readers weigh in on the federal stimulus
14 Next: a better hearing test
15 OSU develops filberts resistant to blight
16 Laika's next level
17 High prices, bad economy create gold rush for pawnshops
18 Esco sees bright spot in gold as global slowdown hits
19 New smoking ban dampens sales
20 Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled heels
21 Working in Oregon through history
22 Hedging bets on nursery growth
23 Portland list-o-phrenia
24 Graphic: Minority population growth 2000-2008
25 Hoping for a playoff payoff
26 Graphic: U.S and Oregon electricity generation
27 Growers predict abundant labor
28 Focus turns to green building efficiencies
29 Graphic: Composition of state and local business taxes
30 Retaliation claims rise along with pink slips
31 January '09 transportation indicators
32 January '09 real estate and construction indicators
33 January '09 farming, natural resources and energy
34 The vast underground economy grows in Oregon - and globally
35 The numbers game
36 Heavy equipment dealers in Oregon
37 The good book
 

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Corner Office: Sheree Arntson

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Checking in with the managing director of Arnerich Massena.


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The clean fuels opportunity

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Monday, November 10, 2014
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A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


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Crowdfunding 2.0

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
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A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.


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Top stories in 2014

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2014 was a year of wild contradictions, fast-paced growth and unexpected revelations.


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The 100 Best Companies survey is open

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Friday, October 24, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1How does your workplace stack up against competitors? How can you improve workplace practices to help recruit and retain employees? Find out by taking our 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey!


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Powerbook Perspective

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Friday, December 12, 2014
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A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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