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The State We're In: electricity usage

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_Indicators_02In 2010, power sold by PGE dipped for the second year in a row, down 1.4% to the same level as 2005.
 

Oregon economic indicators as of December 2010

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
 

Planting seeds for younger farmers

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_Farmers02A new food initiative by Multnomah County hopes to bring young farmers into an industry that is starved for youth.
 

Outlet space expands

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_OutletRetail outlet centers in the state continue to grow after strong sales numbers during the recession caught the attention of regional and national retailers.
 

Jobs bill gets little support in Salem

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Articles - March 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_JobsBillOregon offers tax credits to e-commerce businesses, movie producers, rural physicians and homeowners who buy wood pellet stoves. But a proposal to attack stubbornly high unemployment rates by providing incentives to people who create new jobs is gaining little bipartisan support in Salem.
 

Biomass fits and starts

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_BiomassThe growing pains of the federal Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) may be nearing an end, presenting an opportunity for those in Oregon’s biomass industry.
 

State ramps up Israeli connections

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Articles - March 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_Israeli_01Jeff Katz and Noah Siegel have spent a lot of time in both Israel and Oregon, and they are of the opinion that the two places have more in common than one might imagine. Think renewable power, apparel design and specialty agriculture — not to mention Intel, which has been operating in Israel since 1974.
 
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