July 2010

Staycations boost business at family entertainment centers

0710_ATS09Family entertainment centers around the state are booming as families continue to staycate this summer.

Low income housing goes sustainable

0710_ATS08The downturn has stalled many housing sectors, but one area that’s thriving thanks to local and federal funding is sustainable low-income housing projects.

Oregon Business wins awards

0710_ATS07Oregon Business has been awarded four first-place awards for excellence in business reporting and design by the Oregon chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards were made in the nondaily category for work done in 2009.

Small airports struggle with economy

Oregon’s regional airports have held steady against the poor economy, adding new airlines, destinations and expansions despite some lower passenger counts.

Wave energy faces another delay

0710_ATS06Setbacks and drowned expectations, most notably the sinking of a test buoy off Newport in 2007, have stalled Oregon’s quest to be the leader in wave energy from the beginning. Now there’s another: The first energy buoy will not be installed off Reedsport in August as planned.

Dick Sass launches innovation fund

0710_ATS04Dick Sass, 67, recently partnered with medical devices expert Brian Brandell and longtime Portland investors Wayne Embree and Brock Metcalf to launch the Biomed Innovation Fund. His goal is to raise $20 million to help young companies that have developed “extraordinary technologies.”

Statewide ban on butterfly bush forces nurseries to adapt

0710_ATS03Butterfly bushes love the Oregon rain — a little too much. These popular purple plants have become the bullies of wet Oregon regions, pushing out indigenous species and landing themselves on the noxious weed list. In response, Oregon became the only state to ban Buddleja Davidii in January.