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Hemp startup weaves its way into flax

thelatestPortland-headquartered Naturally Advanced Technologies plans to begin using flax to make organic thread with the same patented technology the company uses to process hemp.

Design Forum/PDX brings job hopes

thelatestThe City of Portland Economic Development Strategy has a goal of creating 10,000 jobs within the next five years through an industry cluster strategy. The initiative has fostered some promising projects for job growth within the Portland metro area.

FedEx ramps up in Troutdale

thelatestFedEx's new 447,000-square-foot shipping facility in Troutdale is humming with activity as the company prepares for the holiday madness. Local managers have hired part time and full time workers and employment at the facility is up to 550 jobs and growing.

Pendleton partners with Levi's

thelatestPendleton Woolen Mills and Levi Strauss and Co. launched a collaborative collection of men's and women's trucker jackets last week, intended for buyers of American-made products. It's the latest in a series of apparel collaborations for the iconic Oregon company that manages 75 stores and employs 900 people.

Groupon comes to Salem

thelatestCapitol City Theater Improv Comedy sold out two weekends in a row after signing up for the online marketing services of the new Groupon-Salem, which launched on the first day of November.

Bandon Dunes to add another course

thelatestJust months after opening its fourth course in June, the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has completed the permitting process to add a fifth course to its collection of world-class links golf courses, providing more games along the coastal sand dunes, the environment in which the game originated.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival shatters records for attendance and revenue

thelatestThe Oregon Shakespeare Festival has closed its 75th Anniversary year with record attendance and revenue numbers. Despite the rainy Oregon summer and the weak economy, the OSF sold 414,783 tickets (94% of capacity) and earned $18.5 million, an increase of 8% over 2009.

Businesses that adapt can prosper

thelatestThree Oregon businesses described their success stories at the Kruse Way Economic Forum, and the common message was that to prosper in this economy you have to be able to adapt.

Under-developed tourism industry holds promise for Southwestern Oregon

thelatestOnce the busiest exporter of lumber in the world, the International Port of Coos Bay no longer booms with business, and neither does the area around it. Now the Southwestern coastal area is exploring ways to trade big timber for small businesses generating income from tourism.