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|Tuesday, September 28, 2010|
The IFC TV show Portlandia will do more than parody and exalt the city’s quirky nature: Its production has created jobs and further raised Portland’s status as a film-friendly city.
The filming, which ran from late August until Sept. 19, employed 220 Oregonians for 17,250 hours and contracted for services from 75 local vendors. The show debuts in 2011.
“Having a show about Portland will be just as, or perhaps more, important than the money they spend here,” says Vince Porter, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television. Portlandia was co-created by Portland musician Carrie Brownstein and Saturday Night Live actor Fred Armisen. From humorless feminists to edgy punk rockers, it pokes fun at Portland stereotypes.
“The word [about Portland] gets spread by these gypsy-itinerant workers,” says David Cress, one of the show’s producers, and then they return to major entertainment cities such as L.A. and spread the word about Stumptown. Portland has attracted a number of productions in recent years including the TNT show Leverage, which put $20 million into the local economy and employed 397 Oregonians in 2009.
IFC chose to shoot on location because, unlike L.A. or Vancouver, B.C, “People are really welcoming and prices are really reasonable,” Cress says. “[Mayor Sam Adams] has been really good at seeing this as an economic driver.” Adams plays a cameo role as the fictional mayor’s assistant. “Sam is a surprisingly good actor,” Cress says.
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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:
The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace.
Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.
This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay.
Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.
New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”
That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!
Monday, November 10, 2014
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.
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Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.
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