Features
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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Educational nonprofit makes software for schools
May 2011
0511_Tactics_01When Matt Chapman took over as president and CEO of the Northwest Evaluation Association in December 2006, he had no experience in running an educational nonprofit of any size, much less one growing by 22% per year.
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Businessmen once again invest in custom suits
May 2011
0511_SuitingUpBusinessmen are once again investing in custom suits.
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Ron and Lynne Saxton's education passion
May 2011
0511_SaxtonWhen the governor needed help with education reform, he turned to a powerhouse husband and wife who've been a team since their college days.
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Waiting for wave energy
May 2011
0511_WaveEnergy_04Despite years of planning it could be years before the state starts ocean energy permitting. Critics say that puts development at risk.
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The decline of the tacky strip mall
May 2011
0511_StripMall_03The tacky strip retail malls are dying, leaving behind a museum of failure.
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Preston Pulliams leads PCC to major growth
April 2011
0411_Tactics_01Preston Pulliams, president of Portland Community College, is in love with what he does "because I know what it can do."
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Mysterious wheat crop loss puzzles researchers
April 2011
0411_WheatResearchers investigate what attacked thousands of acres of wheat in Eastern Oregon last fall—and whether it could happen again.
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Lincoln City diversifies its economy
April 2011
0411_LincolnCity_01Lincoln City finds its way to recovery through risk-taking, collaboration and building its tourism base.
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Timbers debut gets the money flowing
April 2011
0411_Timbers_04It's the color of the shirts, the grass in the revamped stadium and the money locals hope will flow from the new MLS franchise.
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Asian investors eye Oregon properties, green cards
April 2011
0411_AsianMoney_01Chinese investors put their money — and hopes for green cards — in Oregon.
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Collins steers Blount into a promising future
March 2011
0311_TacticsJosh Collins took over as CEO of Portland-based Blount International just after the worst year in the company’s 65-year history. Business had dropped off by 20% in 2009, forcing widespread layoffs. “We were looking down into the abyss,” Collins recalls. “I was observing from the board level and we were nervous. You just didn’t know how bad it was going to get.”
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State bank idea evolves
March 2011
0311_Bankers_02Would Oregon benefit from a state-owned bank? As small businesses struggle, the idea is debated on Main Street, in Salem and by the banking community.
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Profiles of the 2011 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon
March 2011
0311_100BestIntroWhat is it that makes for a great workplace? For every company on this year’s 100 best list, it’s a combination of solid, tangible benefits like health insurance, retirement plans and flexible schedules mixed with other, more colorful and less obvious elements.
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