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|Articles - April 2011|
|Thursday, March 24, 2011|
Spring is finally here and hopeful green sprigs are sprouting in the economic landscape.
Wait a minute, that’s exactly how I started my column in last year’s April issue. Can you plagiarize yourself?
Well, I don’t care. April’s full-on spring makes me giddy with anticipation, happy that the days are getting longer and the weather warmer. It makes me optimistic, even a bit more cheerful than my usual skeptical editor self.
So I’ll drop the skepticism for the moment and look forward to the Timbers opening the much-anticipated season April 14. Much anticipated by fans, yes, but also the businesses who’ve invested in them, and those located around PGE stadium. I hope the investment pays off. The city has put $12 million into the renovation of the stadium (in the latest go-round) and the area around it could use a boost. Let’s hope the jobs and economic payback promised by the Timbers really does happen.
Another investment that has promise is the growing interest in Oregon by Chinese investors. As managing editor Ben Jacklet’s cover story explains, everything from rural biomass projects to urban redevelopment could get an infusion of Chinese capital.
For inspiration of the best kind, look no further than our profile of Preston Pulliams, president of Portland Community College. Since 2004, Pulliams has led the college with a vision firmly planted in his history, that no one is turned away from PCC because they can’t afford it. PCC has posted record enrollment, along with an ambitious building plan.
And there is always hope to be found in rural entrepreneurship. In Lincoln City, they’ve developed the right mix of strategic savvy and risk-taking to evolve their city from just another seasonal tourist trap to one that’s finding ways to capitalize and grow beyond its beachside assets. Not to mention green-lighting and nurturing one of the country’s gnarliest skateboard parks.
Spring also brings the anticipation of our annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon project. The survey sign-up starts April 18. This year we’ve made an important change: Volunteers can now be counted as part of the workforce number requirements. Given that most nonprofits run their entire operation with volunteers, we think it better represents the nonprofit workforce. Go to Oregon100Best.com on or after that date to sign up.
And in the June issue we’ll announce the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon, derived from the sustainability questions we asked companies and nonprofits that took last year’s surveys. But that’s getting into summer, and I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, I want to savor spring’s delicious return. Maybe I’ll use that in next year’s column.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | EDITOR
How do you put a baby on the cover of a business magazine without it looking too cutesy?
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY GREGG MORRIS
Rita Hansen aims to scale natural gas vehicle innovation.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Greenpeace activists suspended themselves from the St. John's Bridge in an attempt to prevent a ship from heading to the Arctic.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | CFA
Earlier this month, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced they were going to devalue their currency, the Renminbi. While the amount of the targeted change was to be roughly 2 percent, investors read a lot more into the move. The Renminbi had been gradually appreciating against the U.S. dollar (see chart) as to attempt to alleviate concerns of being labeled a currency manipulator.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY CHRIS NOBLE
Oregon is home to an abundance of gritty warehouses reborn as trendy office spaces, as well as crafty hipsters turned entrepreneurs. Does the combination yield an equally bounteous office products sector? Not so much. Occupying the limited desk jockey space are Field Notes, a spinoff of Portland’s Draplin Design Company, and Schuttenworks, known for whittling Apple device stands. For a full complement of keyboard trays, docking stations and mouse pads, check out the GroveMade line, guaranteed to boost the cachet of even the lowliest cubicle drone.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Live, Work, Play wit the CEO of Ruby Receptionists.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger. About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
Presented by OEN + CENTRL + YESpdx.
This Roundtable will cover numerous issues under the employer "shared responsibility" rules of the Affordable Care Act, including how to track the "full-time" status of variable-hour employees, temporary or seasonal employees, and employees who experience a change in status or a break in service. Additionally, we will provide a brief overview of Code sections 6055 and 6056, which require most mid-sized and large employers to submit their first information reports to the IRS in early 2016 regarding the health insurance coverage being offered to employees. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to prepare for the future impact of the shared responsibility rules on your operations and finances.