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Oregon ARRA funds go to Washington businesses

thelatestThe recently completed Tillamook North Jetty project was awarded to an out-of-state company over local bidders, raising questions about the future use of federal stimulus funds awarded to Oregon projects.

On The Scene: The Old Spice Guy

sceneblogbwHello ladies. With that far-from-subtle opening line, Isaiah Mustafa slid straight from a boat onto a horse and right into the hearts of "ladies" everywhere.  His charming performance for Old Spice appeared during the Super Bowl, and immediately became a hit. So just how did Wieden + Kennedy create the wildly popular campaign?

The recession was over, last June

imo-blogThat nasty old recession is finally over. Turned out it was over in June 2009. But now we know it officially. Economist Bill Conerly looks at the indicators.

Oregon Zoo cashes in on dinosaur fever

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The Oregon Zoo has extended its animatronic "Prehistoric Predator" exhibit an extra month due to popularity and financial success. The animals will return to extinction on October 3.

 

Small towns and attitudes on regulation

imo-blogMark Thoma, a University of Oregon economist, uses his own small-town upbringing to explore why there is a difference in attitudes toward regulation between more conservative rural areas and larger cities that are generally much more liberal.

Subsidies dry up for green business

thelatestLegislators presented a doom and gloom message to Oregon green business leaders last week: The Oregon General Fund continues to plummet. State subsidies, once readily offered through tax credits to green businesses, will now be more difficult to obtain.

Group creates a bed bug fighting bed

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A Portland nonprofit has invented a bed that it hopes will help fight the bed bug infestation that has hit apartments, hotels and other buildings throughout the city.

On The Scene: Ecotourism comes to Portland

sceneblogbwThe fourth Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) is in Portland today and Friday and this year it drew about 340 delegates from over 20 countries.  Put on by the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) — which is celebrating its 20th year —the conference this year focuses on practical ideas.

The economics of nanobrewing

imo-blogThe basic economics are undeniable — bigger is cheaper in brewing. So where does that leave nanobrewing? Basically as a foot in the door, according to Patrick Emerson, author of The Oregon Economics Blog.