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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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