Features
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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Wilshire Credit clogs up mortgage relief
February 2010

wilshirePoliticians and homeowners are clamoring for mortgage relief. That’s unlikely until mortgage servicing companies such as Wilshire Credit get ready to deal.

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Oregon's poorly funded universities revolt
February 2010

higered2As state support for Oregon’s universities hits rock bottom, a push for autonomy for the universities gains new momentum.

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Rural counties depend on landfill business
February 2010

Arlington-Landfill-pushing-garbage_2936Small towns where trash equals cash are increasingly dependent on the huge companies that own Oregon’s dumps.

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Portland food carts push through recession
January 2010

OBMFoodCartsNongs-154Portland’s ubiquitous food carts provide more than great food at a bargain. With low operating costs and the lure of self-employment, hundreds of immigrants, chefs and first-time business owners have turned to food carts as recession-busting businesses.

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Ambition sparks Oregon Iron Works VP
January 2010

1109OregonIronWorks01Chandra Brown started as a temp at Oregon Iron Works. Now she's a hard-charging VP who's snapping up big streetcar contracts and building a reputation as one of the state's most influential players.

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Portland Harbor sinks under Superfund stigma
January 2010

_MGH0032Portland Harbor is a critical economic engine stalled by the uncertainty and stigma of being a Superfund site. It will take decades to restore the Lower Willamette River and the transition will be unpleasant, expensive and complex. And crucial.

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The right stuff
December 2009

ETHICS02Two years ago, Lake Oswego-based EthicsPoint, which provides hotline and web-based ethics reporting systems, built itself a new world headquarters — in the online, virtual world known as Second Life.

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The rise of Comic Town
December 2009

scottyespromoMike Richardson never thought about whether Portland would work as a location to write, publish and produce comics. He just set up shop in the town where he was born and raised, worked at what he loved, and hit upon enormous success.

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Evenstad’s Island
December 2009
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Domaine Serene unfolds telescopically as you enter the property, like some hidden world that appears only when you find the right door: 450 precisely manicured acres above Dundee with seven vineyards divided into pristine grids.

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Now hiring
December 2009

now-hiring-graphicThey’re into strong markets and they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re smart, they’re hiring and they’re poised to grow in the new year.

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The electric acid test
November 2009

NISSAN_EV6Will 2010 be the year Oregon finally realizes its green dream of being a national market for highway-ready electric vehicles?

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Down by the old mill
November 2009

0T5P8680Bob Russell finds his dream in making Butte Creek Mill a thriving business for Eagle Point.

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Trouble in Timber Town: Decades after an industry downfall, towns still grapple with what's next
November 2009

obm 091709 -303Oregon's historically timber-dependent communities struggle to diversify with increasing desperation. What's ahead for these once-prosperous towns? It's a question far from answered.

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Pulling together
October 2009

Tough times are making nonprofits around the state look at partnerships and collaboration to survive.

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