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Research transforms advertising world

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

obm-r2ctimmichelle-116Traditional advertising is in trouble, but direct response, search marketing and web analytics are booming, and Oregon companies are leading the way.

 

Community nurtures Portland apparel sector

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Articles - April 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dahlgren04Portland’s apparel cluster thrives on creative minds, active lives and nearby giants.

 

No relief yet for commercial real estate

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Articles - April 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

pit_02When commercial real estate finally hits bottom — and that could be at least another year away — it will exist in a much colder world than the fevered run-up.

 

Solarization begins in Pendleton

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Articles - April 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pendleton is beginning a citywide initiative to install solar panels on residential homes with an eye toward eventual job creation and a niche market for renewable energy.

 

Ashland's Croman Mill project progresses

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Articles - April 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

McGrew_Mill_late_1960sThe Croman Mill property in Ashland has been dormant since the mill’s 1996 closure but plans for a redevelopment are moving ahead despite the fears of local businesses.

 

Waste-to-energy plant yields jobs

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Articles - April 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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

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Articles - April 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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.

 
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