April 2010

Waste-to-energy plant yields jobs

A new waste-to-energy pilot plant in Arlington shows that there may still be jobs in waste, no matter how fancy the technology gets.

New headlight prevents bird strikes to planes

Precise Flight, a Bend manufacturing company, started thinking in the late 1990s of ways to decrease the number of bird strikes to airplanes. The result is a headlight called the Pulselite that is specialized to bird vision.

PSU German students learn business

Speakeasy002“SpeakEasy” is a third-year German course at Portland State University conducted as a student-run business startup company. Speaking in German and French, students are in charge of a small business that designs, manufactures and sells multilingual greeting cards.

Rural doctor talks success, health care

Jim-Mattes-GRHJim Mattes marked his 25th anniversary as Grande Ronde Hospital’s CEO this January, making him the longest-serving hospital CEO in Oregon.

Female exec consortium forms in Bend

BSkovborgPictureFemale entrepreneurs and CEOs are taking the initiative to become more prominent in the business community and grow their individual businesses by starting the first consortium of female executives in Central Oregon.

Shepherds Flat project boosts rural employment

WindmillMediumThe dozens of jobs being created to build the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm are economic manna for distressed Gilliam and Morrow counties.

Exporters follow the money to China

chinaWhile European markets have struggled with the Greek debt crisis of late, Asian economies have bounced back powerfully. That’s good news for Oregon because five of the state’s top six export markets are Asian nations.