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Global giant buys majority stake in Otak

thelatestOkay, so Otak is no Stumptown. Actually, Otak is twice as big as Stumptown, and while it may not have a fanatic customer base among hipsters, it does have 300 employees with deep expertise in how to make cities work better. So when a foreign company buys a majority stake in Otak, it’s a big deal for Oregon.

Long-term job losses still dwarf gains

ben-blogEarlier this year, Powell’s Books made national headlines by eliminating 31 jobs in Portland, stirring up familiar questions about the future of independent booksellers in the age of e-readers and smart phones. But a quick study of the latest numbers from Oregon’s top private companies shows that Powell’s actually survived the recession in a stronger position than many of its peers.

On the Scene: Multnomah Food Summit

sceneblogbwAt the second annual Multnomah Food Summit, Tom Osdoba posed a question to a group of nonprofit workers and food growers: We don't always buy the absolute cheapest house, car or clothing we can find, so why do we buy the cheapest food?

Knowledge Universe CEO resigns

thelatestAfter only five years, Felicia Thornton, CEO of Knowledge Universe/U.S. Operations, has resigned for personal reasons. Knowledge Universe, which has its headquarters in Portland, is one of Oregon’s largest employers.

Google PR, disguised as news

ben-blogThe news that Google is launching a new coupon service in Portland isn't news.

It is PR.

What is the education stability fund for?

imo-blogThis is, by almost any measure, the worst economic recession since the great depression. The recession has hit Oregon public schools particularly hard, given their dependence on the state's general fund and the general fund's dependence on income taxes. Because of the volatile nature of education funding in the state, the Education Stability Fund (ESF) was created to help cushion the blow to schools from economic downturns.

On the Scene: 100 Best Green Companies awards

sceneblogbwIn other states, being part of the 100 Best Green Companies would be a cakewalk. But in Oregon it takes a lot more to be top ranked since it's almost a requirement to use sustainable practices if you want to do business here.

Turmoil for the telecom industry

imo-blogEconomic uncertainty is only one significant issue facing the telecom industry now, but it intertwines with the technological changes and social changes that are causing so much turmoil in the industry. Once the path for consumer and business spending is defined, the other changes affecting the industry will fall into clearer focus.

On the Scene: 140 random characters

sceneblogbwThe 140 Characters Conference NW focuses on the changing ways people are communicating now thanks to social media. A wide variety of speakers, from business and nonprofit leaders to government officials, spoke on the way social media helps them engage a wider audience and connect with people in ways never before possible.