Downtown Astoria has many assets. It has myriad intact historic buildings from the 1920s, including the lovely renovated Liberty Theater and the Hotel Elliott. There is a great little mix of independent retail shops like Vintage Hardware and Foxgloves. It is a downtown that is real, where you can still shop at J.C. Penney, buy garden supplies and get your shoes repaired. For all those assets, there are challenges, of course.
The national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer conference held this week in Portland underscores the role of science and technology innovation as a national economic development strategy.
Leadership is about eliciting the best in others. In order for an organization to truly excel, a culture of bringing out the best in people must permeate it. Leadership expert Michael Beck explains why a culture that embraces a servant leader philosophy accomplishes just that.
The 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.