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Greater good
June 2012

0612 GreaterGood 05The earth-friendly wisdom of Tony and Michelle Soter has created Planet Oregon, a pinot that blends quality with ecology.

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Tech triumph
May 2012

0512_TechTriumphThe sector continues to expand and mature in the Gorge.

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Tenant trade
May 2012

0512_Dispatches_Retail_04Malls and shopping centers adjust leasing strategies to fill vacancies.

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Obie won
April 2012

0412_Profile_BrianObie_01Overcoming obstacles, Brian Obie finally opens his Eugene hotel.

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Generation next
April 2012

0412_Tactics_01A third-generation president works to ensure Diebold Lumber in Troutdale evolves to survive.

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The new reality
April 2012
0412_TheNewReality_03Declining HP jobs and OSU growing pains force Corvallis to face its economic and livability challenges.
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Data dig: Is Oregon manufacturing really in decline?
April 2012

0412_DataDig_FabricatedMetalManufacturing makes up more of the state's GDP than almost any other state, and jobs in the sector are projected to grow.

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Truffle mania
April 2012

0412_TruffleMania_02A fertile industry sprouts up around the costly little fungi.

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The consummate Oregonian
April 2012

0412_TheConsummateOregonian_01Native son Tom Kelly wields his unassuming style and quiet drive to build his business and his state.

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2012 100 Best Companies best practices
March 2012

0312_100BestFeature_01For 19 years, Oregon Business has been surveying employers statewide to find out just what it takes to be a great place to work. While it’s always a mix of factors that make some companies more attractive to employees than others, the tendency is often to highlight the more singular, tangible benefits such as massages and paid sabbaticals, lavish soirées and bring-your-pet-to-work days.

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Did the recession kill the arts?
March 2012

0312_Data_MusicHardly. Arts-related jobs have grown faster than overall employment.

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Waves of activity help the tide rise in Newport
Jan/Feb 2012

0112_Newport_02For small businesses in Newport like Elliott and Daniella Crowder’s Bike Newport, increased activity in marine science has helped boost business in a town traditionally driven by fishing, tourism and logging.

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Clouds over solar power
Jan/Feb 2012

0112_Solar_01On the other side of the debate about China’s aggressive push into the U.S. solar market is this: exports.

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The new ranch economy
Jan/Feb 2012

0112_Ranch_05It takes cattle, sheep, hay, wheat, hunting, tourism, wool, yarn, custom farming, conservation, wind — and things yet to be imagined — to secure the future of the historic family-owned Imperial Stock Ranch.

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The sell-out state
Jan/Feb 2012

0112_SelloutState_08The spate of recent buyouts of Oregon companies underscores its primary role in the M&A landscape as a shopping mart for large, out-of-state firms.

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Conflict in the wind
December 2011

1211_Wind_02Large swaths of Oregon’s public land are being leased for wind exploration, leaving wildlife at risk and raising serious questions about how energy projects should be developed.

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Diagnosis unknown: Will a health exchange help?
December 2011

1211_DiagnosisUnknown_01Oregon is creating a marketplace where small businesses can buy health insurance. But will this exchange improve quality and make health plans more affordable?

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