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Page 7 of 8Then there is tourism. Wyatt says he recently returned from a three-week personal trip to Laos, where he found “an extraordinary number of Chinese tourists.” Few of those travelers have found their way to Oregon so far, but a coalition of politicians and businesspeople is seeking to change that.
Portland businessman Jin Lan runs a business consultancy called Octaxias based in Portland and with an office in Beijing. He has long promoted the sister-state relationship between Oregon and China’s Fujian Province. He says that relationship has been hampered by a difficult process for Chinese visitors to get travel visas, preventing Oregon from attracting a significant and growing source of tourism money. But he’s seen “great improvements” over the past few years. The next step is to market the state to Chinese travelers who might not be able to find Oregon on a world map. “Oregon has a low exposure in China,” says Lan “We need to increase our exposure.”
Lan, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) and a coalition of Southern Oregon business leaders have organized an event in June in Medford featuring the Chinese Consul General from San Francisco. A similar event last year resulted in a $2 million helicopter pilot training contract in China for Ashland Air Rescue Systems. Event organizer David Wick says the long-term goal is to “put Southern Oregon on the map” for Chinese travelers.
The Medford event will be followed in September by a much larger one. A delegation of business and government leaders is planning to travel from Oregon to China Sept. 8-11 for the China International Fair for Investment and Trade, billed as “the world's largest international investment promotion event.” The EB-5 program is certain to be a major topic of discussion at that mammoth conference — and Oregon can expect fierce competition to attract the Chinese money that so many states are coveting.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY ANNIE ELLISON
Portland tech veteran Ben Berry is leaving his post as Portland’s chief technology officer for a full-time role producing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at first responders and the military. Berry’s AirShip Technologies Group is poised to be on the ground floor of an industry that will supply drones to as many as 100,000 police, fire and emergency agencies nationwide. He reveals the plan for takeoff.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Oregon already ranks as the nation’s second largest generator of hydroelectric power. (Washington is No. 1). Now an elegant new installation in Portland is putting an unconventional, sharing economy twist on this age-old water-energy pairing. The new system, launched this winter, uses the flow of water inside city water pipes to spin four turbines that produce electricity for Portland General Electric customers.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
Reinventing capitalism. Office dumpster divers. Handprints versus carbon footprints. These are some of the ideas panelists and attendees discussed during the second annual Oregon Business “Green Your Workplace” seminar yesterday.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
On April 1 I attended a forum at the University of Portland on the sharing economy. The event featured panelists from Lyft and Airbnb, as well as Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Asked about the impact of tech-driven sharing economy services. Hales said the new business models are reshaping the landscape. “But,” he added, “I don’t pretend to understand how a lot of this [technology] works.”
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation with Gene Pelham, CEO of Rogue Credit Union.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
An earthquake would completely destroy many Oregon businesses, highlighting the urgent need for the private and public sectors to collaborate on shoring up disaster preparedness, said panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast summit today.
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Are we too quick to diagnose corruption?
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