Blogs

Technology meets the creative class

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

04.25.13 Thumbnail BradSmithThe first WebVisions conference took place in Portland in 2001 and drew 150 people. Now the annual conference, aimed at exploring the future of the web, attracts about 1,200 people from around the world. Executive director Brad Smith speaks about the blurring of the line between techies and designers, and how this convergence will transform the business world.

Oregon lawmakers moonlight as amateur scientists

BY SEN. ALAN OLSEN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

04.24.13 Thumbnail DredgeMining2 Last week the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources voted on two bills to ban legally permitted small-scale mining operations on Oregon's waterways. I voted against both bills for one simple reason: not once was the committee presented with scientific evidence that the practice of small-scale suction dredge mining is damaging to the environment.

Things fall apart

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

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SoloPower's closure caps a gloomy 10 days for Oregon business leaders.

 

 

 

Public safety reform offers better return on investment

BY RYAN DECKERT, NIK BLOSSER AND J. DAVID ZEHNTBAUER | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS

04.23.13 Thumbnail PrisonIf what we strive for as a state is education over incarceration, now is the time for business leaders and elected officials to face Oregon’s expensive public safety system with the same courage and forward-thinking that has made Oregon famous in the health care reform arena.

More than $9B invested in Oregon renewable resources

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.26.12 SolarPanelThumbnailInvestment in renewable energy manufacturing and projects in Oregon totals over $9 billion, according to a new report by the Renewable Northwest Project released for Earth Day.

 

Rough & Ready closes; Nike disses South Waterfront

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateRough & Ready, the 90-year old mill featured in our current issue, shut down yesterday.

 

 

 

Portland's jobs flee the urban core

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

04.18.13 Thumbnail CommuteWhile residential flight to the suburbs ebbed in the last decade or two amid urban gentrification, most jobs are still migrating outward according to a new Brookings report.

 

 

Converting carbon credits to health care

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

04.17.13 Thumbnail ForestThe Pinchot Institute for Conservation and PacificSource Health Plans have partnered to provide a first of its kind ATreeM card that uses proceeds from American Carbon Registry-certified carbon credits to provide health care funds to family forest owners.

Supporting working parents is good for business

BY DEBBIE KITCHIN | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

04.17.13 Thumbnail PreschoolOregon is one of the least affordable states in the country for child care. The average cost of enrolling a toddler at an Oregon day care center now exceeds the cost of college tuition at our public colleges and universities.