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Oregon's 3-D expertise could create a promising new cluster

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Friday, April 16, 2010

3Dglasses2Oregon has a long history with 3-D entertainment and technology. If the local industry can coalesce, some see a sharper future.

 

Portland couple sets up in Shanghai

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Jeff-Rachel2A Portland couple moved to Asia to find adventure and business opportunities. Fifteen years later, their sustainable housewares company is thriving.

 

Genentech invests $400 million in Oregon

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Friday, April 16, 2010

starkmangovernorSince purchasing 75 acres of land in Hillsboro in 2006, the San Francisco-based pharmaceutical giant Genentech has invested $400 million in Oregon and created 250 jobs at its new fill/finish and distribution facility.

 

Rogue Ales expands its borders

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Friday, April 16, 2010

rogueIt’s good to know you can be 8,000 miles from home and still get Oregon beer.

 

Libraries are flooded with visitors

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Nonprofits find themselves competing more and more with businesses for customers, and libraries are no exception. However, Oregon’s 130 public libraries are thriving and many are expanding an already loyal customer base.

 

Farmers markets draw different customers

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Articles - May 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010

Farmers-MarketFarmers market managers say that while the growing season is just beginning to blossom, a wider variety of shoppers are popping up in local markets and vendors are adapting to changing customer needs.

 

Klamath drought takes toll on area farmers

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Articles - May 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010

The Klamath River Basin’s drought spells a dire year for farmers already suffering from last year’s bad commodity prices. Many hope to simply survive.

 
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