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Jobs Watch: Innovation, from A to Z | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ben-blogI got the opportunity to sit down with Matt Nees and Bryce Yonker the other day, and within an hour my story idea list had doubled in size. There’s a lot going on with tech innovation in Oregon, and Nees, who’s been president of the Software Association of Oregon for about a year now, and his colleague Yonker have a sharp inside view of not only what’s happening, but also what’s coming.

 
Editor's Notes: resort group thinks small | Print |  Email
Robin Doussard
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

robin-BLOGEarlier this month I wrote a 4,000-word story on the shaky future of large destination resorts in Oregon. Here’s the abridged version: The housing collapse, over-saturation and public outcry has stalled any new big resorts, those given an exemption to build outside urban growth boundaries in hopes of spurring tourism for rural economies.

 
Jobs Watch: Jive Talkin' | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ben-blogMy conference call with two Jive Software executives on Monday was quite a workout. It isn’t easy to type in synch with people so excited about their prospects that they can barely complete a sentence without flinging out phrases like “ awesome growth trajectory,” “totally stoked” and (avert your eyes now) “kicking ass and taking names.”

 
On The Scene: Wyden's beer bash | Print |  Email
On the Scene
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Sen. Ron Wyden met with members of the Oregon craft brewing community to discuss his proposed tax breaks.  Out of all of Oregon's industries, why should the government be helping brewers?

 
Jobs Watch: Marijuana measure makes ballot | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Friday, July 16, 2010

ben-blogIt's official: Initiative 28, which would establish a statewide supply system for medical marijuana retail sales, has qualified for the November ballot.

 
Polar Fleece inventor now pushing wool | Print |  Email
The Latest
Thursday, July 15, 2010

thelatestDoug Hoschek spent the 1980s traveling the country selling his new invention — Polar Fleece, which he says he invented in 1980. Hoschek, 64, has lived and breathed the textile industry his entire life. Although his claim to fame is the innovation of synthetic textiles, Hoschek argues that Oregon could have a bright future in wool.

 
Port looks ahead for new connections, deeper channel | Print |  Email
The Latest
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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The docking of the Westwood Victoria in Portland early Sunday morning brought cause for celebration at the Port of Portland, but it doesn’t signal an end to the rough waters in the future of shipping.  A new service linking Portland to Japan and Korea may alleviate some of the ailments nagging the port, but whether it will last remains to be seen.

 
Jobs Watch: A materials library for Portland | Print |  Email
Ben Jacklet
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ben-blogSohrab Vossoughi is a great person to call if you’re running short on ideas. The high-energy CEO of Ziba Design specializes in big ideas delivered with enthusiasm, and his latest, the Portland Center for Innovation and Design, merits a closer look.

 
On the Scene: Portland's indie music | Print |  Email
On the Scene
Monday, July 12, 2010

sceneblogbwThe City Club of Portland explored the city's indie music scene with a forum on Friday featuring four local musicians and Metro President David Bragdon as moderator.  What exactly is it about Portland that is encouraging so many musicians to move to the area, and how can the city capitalize on this community asset?

 
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