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Once-golden destination resorts face uncertain future
July 2010

0710_Resorts01The door has closed — if not forever than at least for a good while — on the large resorts with hotels, golf courses and homes that dot the state and blanket Central Oregon. It’s a once-coveted business that’s in trouble with regulators, residents, environmentalists and the development industry. It’s a business under fire and in flux, and one with an uncertain future.

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The 2010 Top 150 Private Companies in Oregon
July 2010

0710_150List02Given the beating that sales suffered at most U.S. companies during 2009, it’s no surprise our annual ranking of the state’s top private companies showed strains. Revenue fell an average of 5% but many companies reported dips exceeding 30%. This was a year when companies with 20% revenue declines could still find themselves rise in the rankings.

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Pressure is on to make data centers green
June 2010

0610_Data01Locals reacted with shock and glee when Facebook revealed in January that it would be building its first data center in humble Prineville. But the story did not stay so gleeful. Electricity generation is the leading source of carbon emissions in the U.S., and data centers are notorious power hogs.

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Natural foods makers face challenge of growth
June 2010
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Not many company histories include a Grateful Dead show, but in Eugene, the town that birthed Ken Kesey and the Oregon Country Fair, such distinctions matter.

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The green edge: Workplaces embrace sustainability
June 2010

0610_GreenCos02Recycling is so passé. All of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon are doing it — making sure paper, plastic, metal and any other recyclable material ends up in the blue bin and not the trash can. Many employees are even willing to reprimand their co-workers over matters of waste disposal, and when necessary, Dumpster dive.

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The Green List 2010
June 2010

100best10logoSmThe 2010 list of Oregon’s Best Green Companies to Work For is all about diversity and commitment. Winners range from longtime sustainability gurus such as Gerding Edlen and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to newcomers such as Ruby Receptionists and Hummingbird Wholesale.

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Portland couple sets up in Shanghai
May 2010

Jeff-Rachel2A Portland couple moved to Asia to find adventure and business opportunities. Fifteen years later, their sustainable housewares company is thriving.

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Oregon's 3-D expertise could create a promising new cluster
May 2010

3Dglasses2Oregon has a long history with 3-D entertainment and technology. If the local industry can coalesce, some see a sharper future.

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Why Hollywood Video failed
May 2010

HWOOD1Why Hollywood Video failed: New technology and consumer fancy turn out the lights for Hollywood Video.

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Marijuana goes mainstream in Southern Oregon
May 2010

_T5P0967Marijuana has been a lucrative underground business for decades, but as pot laws become more liberalized it’s become a big part of the above-ground economy.

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No relief yet for commercial real estate
April 2010

pit_02When commercial real estate finally hits bottom — and that could be at least another year away — it will exist in a much colder world than the fevered run-up.

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Community nurtures Portland apparel sector
April 2010

Dahlgren04Portland’s apparel cluster thrives on creative minds, active lives and nearby giants.

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Best companies provide care, leadership and fun
March 2010

100119Stamp41There were nearly 20,000 employees from 303 companies who participated in our 17th annual 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon survey. It might not have been the best year for business, with a bad economy hanging on, but you wouldn’t know it by how our 2010 winners treated their employees.

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The 100 Best Companies: By the numbers
March 2010
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Private companies dominate the 100 Best Companies this year, as does the professional service sector. We specifically crunched the numbers on health benefits, with our analysis showing that robust health care plans were important to being a Best Company.

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Secrets to employee satisfaction
March 2010

What do the Top 10 Best Companies do that keeps their employees motivated, loyal and upbeat? It’s as big as paying 100% of health care insurance and as small as a contest for the ugliest shirt. And let’s not forget the free massage.

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Employees on not-so-great workplaces
March 2010

notsogreattoiletpaperHere’s a sampling from some of the 100 Best employee surveys of what doesn’t work, even from some of the best workplaces in the state.

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Better broadband headed to small communities
February 2010

broadbandOregon’s rural communities can’t afford the cheap, fast broadband service they need to compete. The problem gets a fresh spotlight as stimulus money is available.

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