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Good season despite climate change worries

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

12.13.12 Thumbnail SkiOregon prides itself on having the longest ski season in the U.S., with November-May openings. But a new report projects climate change will warm winter temperatures 4-10 degrees by the end of the century, threatening the long snow season that allows Oregon's winter sports industry to thrive.

 

Portland's eco-roof industry falls short

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

11.07.12 Thumbnail EcoroofThe worldwide eco-roof industry is growing rapidly, and Portland is often lauded as being in a unique position to benefit as an early adopter of the green building trend. Yet the city is falling behind on its goal of 43 acres of eco-roofs by 2013. 

 

Women working more, and less, in Oregon

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

thelatestThough women are not working as much, they are working more. This paradox was highlighted in a recent report by the state’s employment department that tracked female employment numbers from the 1970s.

 

Democratic, Republican economic agendas put forth

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Monday, January 23, 2012

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The Legislature’s House Democratic and Republican caucuses have released their policy agendas for economic recovery and job creation. But between the divergence of those agendas, duration of the Legislature’s short, upcoming session, and partisan politics in an election year, the business community may wind up holding its breath.

 

New LGBTQ magazine to start up

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

thelatestA Michael Pollan-esque summation of the business model for PQ Monthly, the new monthly LGBTQ magazine debuting in mid-February, might be: mostly online, some print, engage readers.

 

SolarWorld holiday card called racist

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

thelatestA racially charged holiday greeting is fanning the flames of a trade dispute in the solar industry, one that already has business leaders and others feeling touchy.

 

Oregon manufacturing sees small uptick in jobs

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

thelatestFollowing national trends, Oregon’s manufacturing sector saw modest employment gains last year after more than a decade of decline aggravated by the Great Recession. Oregon has gained 903 jobs between October 2010 to October 2011, an increase of 0.5%.

 

Big company CEOs don't plan to hire

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

thelatestGov. Kitzhaber's freeze on Oregon government hiring is indicative of a larger hiring slowdown. Two-thirds of CEOs of the largest U.S. companies don't plan to hire in the next six months.

 

Oregon unemployment drops to lowest rate in three years

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

thelatestSeasonal retail hiring helped Oregon's unemployment rate fall to 9.1%, the lowest it has been in three years.

 
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