April 2009

Hedging bets on nursery growth

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Alice Doyle has been in the nursery business long enough to pick up on a powerful trend in plants.

 

 

Portland list-o-phrenia

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Magazines, websites and public interest groups just love to grind their gears pitting Portland and other cities against one another based on vast swaths of sometimes-relevant, often-trivial criteria, like overgrown data-driven dogfights.

 

 

Graphic: Minority population growth 2000-2008

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Hoping for a playoff payoff

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BrandonRoyIf the Portland Trailblazers manage to make the playoffs this season the economic impact of the games may be reason to cheer even if you aren’t a fan.

 

 

Graphic: U.S and Oregon electricity generation

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Growers predict abundant labor

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When the time comes this June to pick his strawberries, Mike Christensen is not quite sure who will be in the fields.

 

 

Focus turns to green building efficiencies

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Oregon's residential and commercial construction markets may be stalled by the paralyzing credit crisis, but state lawmakers and industry professionals see potential in the state's green building sector to add jobs to the shrinking economy.

 

 
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