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Oregon commodities rebound in 2010

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_CommoditiesDataburstOnly four of Oregon’s top 10 farm commodities increased value in 2010, yet overall state commodities increased 3.8% to $4.3 billion.
 

Erickson looks to China to save IPO

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_EricksonErickson Air-Crane is hoping that a key deal to ship five helicopters made in Oregon to China will rescue its bid to become the state’s first business to go public through an initial public offering since 2004.
 

Film industry moves into Southern Oregon

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_SouthernAction_01The film industry in Oregon has been growing steadily over the years, with film and television productions pouring into Portland and the Coast. Now Southern Oregon is getting in on the action.
 

Young developers build a mobile app for the bar scene

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_TweetyBirdPierce Lamb met Daniel Starling online, splattering each other with digital paintballs at the ripe age of 13. They remained digital comrades, but only met in real life last year, at Portland’s Open Government Hackathon. It was at the Hackathon where they conceived and began building their new company, BarBird.
 

Collins steers Blount into a promising future

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_TacticsJosh Collins took over as CEO of Portland-based Blount International just after the worst year in the company’s 65-year history. Business had dropped off by 20% in 2009, forcing widespread layoffs. “We were looking down into the abyss,” Collins recalls. “I was observing from the board level and we were nervous. You just didn’t know how bad it was going to get.”
 

Workplaces fall short of expectations

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
0311_Input_01Our March issue is dedicated to the practices that make a great workplace, so this month we asked readers about what is important to them in their jobs and how satisfied they are with various workplace issues.
 

Want greatness? Listen up

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Articles - March 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
robin-BLOGOur 100 Best Companies project turns 18 this year, quite a milestone not only for the magazine but for the many companies and employees who have participated in the survey. In just the past eight years, 190,000 employees from 936 companies have taken the free, anonymous survey that ranks their satisfaction with their workplaces.
 
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