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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.

 
It's time to take stock as the year ends | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12 Thumbnail TomCoxPart of your end-of-year routine should be to take stock. What did you learn in 2012? How will you make 2013 better? This is a form of benchmarking. Comparing yourself to yourself, and to others, and looking for ways to do better. Leadership expert Tom Cox tells you how to do it.

 
Unique downtown La Grande project | Print |  Email
Robin Doussard
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12.11.12 Thumbnail LagrandeA new 19,000-square-foot indoor development is being built in downtown La Grande that mixes retail, education space and a business incubator all in one venue.

 
The importance of performance evals | Print |  Email
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Friday, December 07, 2012

12.07.12 Thumbnail EvaluationHumans are highly impacted by having even their small successes noticed. You don’t need to give awards or assemble the team for a public presentation. Just notice and acknowledge. You don’t have to say “good job” — just acknowledgement by a person in a position of authority is pleasant. And being ignored is unpleasant.

 
Sustainable businesses honored at NWEC conference | Print |  Email
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

12.05.12 Thumbnail SustainableFive Oregon companies were honored by the Oregon Governor's office as leaders in the sustainability field at the NWEC conference. 

 
Business leaders display united front | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

12.04.12 Thumbnail SummitAt the Oregon Leadership Summit, business and government leaders unite in calling for PERS reform, education investment and a decision on the Columbia River Crossing.

 
5 great books on leadership | Print |  Email
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Friday, November 30, 2012

11.30.12 Thumbnail BooksEffective leaders are constantly learning. To help you keep learning, here are five of leadership expert Tom Cox's favorite books, old and new, for growing a CEO’s or a manager’s capabilities. 

 
Astoria's evolving downtown | Print |  Email
Robin Doussard
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

11.20.12 Thumbnail AstoriaDowntown 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.

 
Science, technology as economic drivers | Print |  Email
Linda Baker
Thursday, November 15, 2012

11.15.12 Thumbnail ScienceThe 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.

 
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