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OSU strengthens connections with the private sector

thelatestOregon State University changed the name of its Office of Technology Transfer on Monday, a seemingly minor step but one university officials call a major shift in philosophy that could also prove lucrative. The new Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development will take a more proactive approach in finding and selling research projects.

EPA backs away from biomass regulations

thelatestThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it will defer for three years any greenhouse gas permitting requirements for biomass, potentially boosting the industry that Oregon advocates say can create thousands of jobs, provide a renewable fuel source for the state, and propel thinning projects in national forests.

State certifies industrial properties

thelatestState economic development officials have certified three large industrial properties in an attempt to brighten the jobs outlook in Prineville, The Dalles and Ontario.

Military boosts solar power business

thelatestA military authorization law signed by President Obama on Friday could boost Oregon's solar industry. That's because a provision buried deep within the document requires the Department of Defense to buy American solar panels.

On the Scene: Bushwhacker Cidery

sceneblogbwA longtime staple of pubs in England, alcoholic cider also has a long tradition in the U.S. That is why Johnny Appleseed planted his seeds, after all. And now the nation's first modern ciderhouse has landed smack dab in brewery-centric Portland.

State bans telemarketer

thelatestAttorney General John Kroger has banned a major national telemarketing firm from operating in Oregon. Sadly, the agreement has no impact whatsoever on the annoying fundraisers who stalk pedestrians in downtown Portland.

The economy and sales representatives

imo-blogEconomist Bill Conerly tackles the challenges that business leaders will face in 2011. Up first: sales representatives get discouraged in a recession. Sales staffs may have been reduced, and sales reps are spending too much time taking orders from repeat customers. What should a manager do?

An export to build on

imo-blogDay after day, rail cars full of a mysterious white powder, marketed by a cartel and desired by people all over the world, stream into Portland.  This powder, responsible for hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars of revenue for local businesses, illustrates an important, if not often discussed, strength of our region’s economy.

Cultivating creativity

imo-blogMany CEOs feel creativity should be limited to new-product development and advertising.  They are missing out in a big way.