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Giving rural Oregon a boost

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
BY TIM MCCABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

09.19.13 Thumbnail RuralOregonThere are indeed real differences in both the challenges and opportunities faced by rural and urban regions of Oregon. Rural areas of the state have not seen the economic recovery that urban regions are experiencing. A critical function of Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, is to use the tools, resources and expertise available to us to facilitate job growth in both rural and urban Oregon.

 

Obamacare is for business, not for Congress

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
BY JAN MEEKCOMS | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

08.29.13 Thumbnail USHealthEarlier this month, President Obama took the unusual step of involving himself in an administrative matter that would have been otherwise handled by people many levels below the Oval Office. He personally approved a “solution” to a “problem” affecting health insurance benefits for members of Congress and their staffs.

 

Convention Center hotel boon to local business

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Thursday, August 15, 2013
08.15.13 Thumbnail ShetterlyBY KEVIN SHETTERLY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Today, a funding plan for the proposed Convention Center hotel goes before the Metro council. Although $197.5 million seems expensive for a 600-room hotel, projections indicate the hotel would benefit Portland’s economy and workforce.

 

Catering to bicyclists benefits Portland businesses

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013
BY WILL VANLUE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

08.07.13 Thumbnail WillVanlueA majority of families new to the Portland-Metro area since 2005 are light on car ownership, with more working-age adults than cars at home. That’s very good news for local businesses, especially if they make it easy for people to visit their establishment without a car.

 

Oregon food processing reaps rewards

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
BY TIM MCCABE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.18.13 Thumbnail FoodOregon has been recognized as an ideal location for manufacturers of all kinds, and recently we’ve seen particular success with companies involved in food processing.


 

Are home prices headed for a cliff again?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
BY EVAN SWANSON | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.17.13 Thumbnail OpEdThe current frenzied pace in the housing market, coupled with the painful memories of the crash from only a few years ago, can leave one wondering if home values are headed for the cliff once again. I do not believe this to be the case.

 

Startups drive new economy

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
BY RICK TUROCZY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

07.10.13 Thumbnail MobileTechIt is incredibly easy to brush aside this newest wave of startups. The numbers feel inconsequential. The relative impact appears too small to calculate, especially when compared to the massive, well-established scale of some of Oregon's traditional industries — and the Silicon Forest's history of technology pursuits. But we have moved beyond a desire to emulate predecessors or recreate ecosystems toward actually building something new.

 

Building sustainable business models for local journalism

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Monday, June 24, 2013
BY MARK BLAINE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

06.24.13 Thumbnail MarkBlaineThe Oregonian's restructuring leaves real questions about the future of critical local coverage, but it will also push readers and journalists to address new ways of getting and using news — whether we like it or not. 

 

 

A labor plan for all of agriculture

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
BY BARRY BUSHUE | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

06.12.13 Thumbnail ImmigrationFarmToday, we have the best chance in over a decade to enact improvements that will strengthen border security, clarify employable status, and provide the kind of process Oregon farm families need to legally employ the capable people they depend on.

 
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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:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

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!

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