July 2010

The 2010 Top 150 Private Companies in Oregon

0710_150List02Given the beating that sales suffered at most U.S. companies during 2009, it’s no surprise our annual ranking of the state’s top private companies showed strains. Revenue fell an average of 5% but many companies reported dips exceeding 30%. This was a year when companies with 20% revenue declines could still find themselves rise in the rankings.

Once-golden destination resorts face uncertain future

0710_Resorts01The door has closed — if not forever than at least for a good while — on the large resorts with hotels, golf courses and homes that dot the state and blanket Central Oregon. It’s a once-coveted business that’s in trouble with regulators, residents, environmentalists and the development industry. It’s a business under fire and in flux, and one with an uncertain future.

Romanian immigrants dominate adult foster care niche

0710_Romanian01Some 85% of the 900 adult foster homes in metropolitan Portland are owned by first- and second-generation Romanians. “They dominate the industry here,” says Grover Simmons, a lobbyist for the Independent Adult Foster Home Association of Oregon.

Google AdWords searches for new business

0710_ATS11Portland Google executive Alan M. Moss, director of online sales for the Americas, stopped by Southeast Portland in late May as part of an effort by Google to publicize its massive economic impact. After the event Moss sat down with managing editor Ben Jacklet.

Bypass reroute helps clean up downtown

0710_ATS10Redmond’s Highway 97 bypass has revitalized downtown by diverting vehicle traffic around the city, and bring more foot traffic downtown.

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.