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On the Scene: Notes from a cliffhanger

sceneblogbwThe race for governor remains too close to call after a wild night that saw Republicans dominate nationally and Democrats fight to hold their ground in Oregon.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival shatters records for attendance and revenue

thelatestThe Oregon Shakespeare Festival has closed its 75th Anniversary year with record attendance and revenue numbers. Despite the rainy Oregon summer and the weak economy, the OSF sold 414,783 tickets (94% of capacity) and earned $18.5 million, an increase of 8% over 2009.

On The Scene: Portland gets its app on

sceneblogbwPortland celebrated this week the second round of its CivicApps project, an open source design contest for smart phone applications using Portland data sets to address civic issues.

Businesses that adapt can prosper

thelatestThree Oregon businesses described their success stories at the Kruse Way Economic Forum, and the common message was that to prosper in this economy you have to be able to adapt.

Under-developed tourism industry holds promise for Southwestern Oregon

thelatestOnce the busiest exporter of lumber in the world, the International Port of Coos Bay no longer booms with business, and neither does the area around it. Now the Southwestern coastal area is exploring ways to trade big timber for small businesses generating income from tourism.

What a volatile economy means to banks

imo-blogEconomist Bill Conerly sees the New Cyclicality hitting banking along with the rest of the business community. What does this mean to banks? Greater loan losses, more balance sheet variability, and some human resource challenges.

Columbia's Omni-Heat gear heats up sales

thelatestColumbia Sportswear reported record sales numbers for the third quarter due to promising backlog orders and strong sell-through for a new winter line led by the company's innovative new Omni-Heat products.

How CIOs can earn greater trust from the executive team

imo-blogHow can CIOs become more central to the process of setting strategy and direction for an organization? management consultant and author Tom Cox makes the case that the relationship begins with trust --- trust that must be earned.

Foreclosures will not budge, and neither will some homeowners

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As the number of foreclosures plateaus, more homeowners are sinking their heels into their properties, refusing to vacate repossessed properties. This is contributing to the bogged down state of the housing market.