Features

Features
The 2012 economic forecast
December 2011

1211_WhatsAhead_01What's ahead for Oregon's economy? The forecast is mixed.

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Do people follow jobs?
November 2011

1111_DoPeopleFollowJobs_01Population and employment have always had a symbiotic relationship. A growing population creates a need for goods and services. A surge in hiring, such as when a new company sets up shop, can create demand for workers from outside the area, boosting the local population. Generally, a change in either can’t be sustained without a similar change in the other.

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Few women sit on public companies' boards
November 2011

1111_NoSeatAtTheTable_01A survey by Oregon Business found that women fill only 39 of the 340 board seats at Oregon’s 46 public companies, and almost half of those companies have no women on their boards. The dearth of women is both a social equity and business performance issue.

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How open source got its groove back
October 2011
1011_OpenSource_01Portland lost some allure during the recession, but developers once again are smitten by its culture, community and cost of living.
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Vernonia stakes future on new school
October 2011
1011_Vernonia_01Flood-ravaged Vernonia stakes its future on a new green school and the hope of what it can ignite.
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2011 List: 100 Best Nonprofits To Work For in Oregon
October 2011
1011_Nonprofit_01Our third annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project celebrates great workplaces in the nonprofit sector. Nearly 5,500 employees from 170 nonprofits statewide participated in this year’s survey.
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Private sector shapes education reform
September 2011

0911_EducationOregon’s business community scored a triumph in education reform this session, an effort that spotlights how the private sector — sometimes controversially — is shaping education reform and funding.

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Carpenters union attacks wage fraud
September 2011
0911_UndergroundFight_01As jobs remain tight, competition stays fierce and Hispanic labor grows, a carpenters union attacks fraud in the construction industry with controversial tactics.
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Ashland's new age economy
September 2011

0911_HarmonicConvergence_09From Jackson Wellsprings to Pacific Domes, businesses built to serve a higher purpose and make a buck are moving into Ashland.

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ZGF Architects' next generation
July 2011
0711_Tactics_01Technology is stretching the boundaries of ZGF Architects, the fourth-largest architecture firm in the country.
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Qatar looks to Oregon
July 2011
0711_Qatar_02A desert Middle Eastern kingdom looks to Oregon to help solve its food security issues and evolve its sustainability.
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Bend's economy is coming back to life
July 2011
0711_Bend_01After a historic flameout, Bend's economy is coming back to life on the strength of a fresh crop of growing companies and the enduring pull of its natural beauty.
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Private 150: Oregon's top privately held companies
July 2011
0711_Private150It may not be robust, but Oregon’s top privately held companies seem to be experiencing recovery.
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TMT Development's president struggles to revive Park Avenue West
June 2011
0611_HoldingTheLine_01Tom Moyer’s granddaughter struggles to revive Park Avenue West, a lingering wound in the heart of Portland’s downtown. It’s a fight against the economy, the market and maybe even her family.
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Small Oregon businesses go global
June 2011
0611_GoingGlobal_02Small Oregon companies are following the money overseas, but doing business internationally can be daunting.
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Mount Hood's unique economy
June 2011
0611_MountainEcon_01More than 100 years since modern commerce began on Oregon’s signature peak, Mount Hood supports millions of dollars worth of tourism, recreation, agriculture, timber and small business. It’s a unique and massive economy under growing pressure from those who make their money from the mountain.
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100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon, 2011
June 2011
0611_GreenListOur third annual ranking of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon celebrates workplace excellence.
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