July 2010

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.

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.