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Where did they go?
December 2008

PubCos

What does it matter that Oregon hasn't seen an IPO for years?

 

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City U
November 2008

PSU gets  a new president  who’s an expert  in urban development, right as its community is making big plans.

 

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Pollution for sale
November 2008

Ready or not, The carbon market is coming to Oregon. Expect big winners — and big losers.

 

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The Adams doctrine
November 2008

AdamsIllustration

Portland's mayor-to-be offers a sneak preview of his economic plan, short on strategy but long on hope.

 

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Outlets upswing
October 2008

OutletsDespite their far-flung locations, outlet malls are thriving in a down retail market.

 

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The comeback
October 2008

JimFaraudoHow Flir came back from the brink of bankruptcy to become a $4.3 billion company that has left its competition in the dust.

 

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Costs and delays imperil Portland’s South Waterfront
September 2008

SouthwaterfrontAs development in Portland’s South Waterfront sags under the weight of the economy, the final design of the project grows increasingly uncertain.

 

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Q&A with the candidates for state treasurer
September 2008

TreasurerRaceWhat would these men do if they got their hands on the state’s billions?

 

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Public companies vanish while profits rise
August 2008

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Publicly traded companies are becoming an endangered species in Oregon. Some have opted to move headquarters. Others have been acquired by out-of-state companies.

 

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Smoking ban pressures bars and restaurants
August 2008

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With the statewide smoke-free workplace law looming, some businesses have decided to ditch their ashtrays early.

 

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The $4.2 billion question
August 2008

BridgeQuestion

Answers are few and the clock is ticking as the project to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia starts looking for billions of dollars in funding.

 

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Circuit judges become scarce in rural counties
July 2008

CourtroomBench

Low pay, long commutes and a heavy workload make it hard to find judges for the rural areas of the state.

 

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Oregon’s top private companies learn to adapt
July 2008

ColumbiaHelicopters.jpgFrank Foti sprints up a flight of rusty stairs to a gritty rooftop with a panoramic view of Portland’s shipyard.

 

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Micro-business funding gets scarcer
June 2008

NenaRawdah.jpgNena Rawdah calls it “the first smack” — that moment this last December when she saw the economy was slowing and that it was going to hurt.

 

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Oregon acreage turns to grapes
June 2008

PheasantValleyWinery1.jpgMore and more acreage around the state is converting to vineyards,  and it’s changing the face of agriculture, land values and the environment.

 

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Oregon manufacturers hone their edge
May 2008

 

JoshPowellBenchmark.jpgWhen Les de Asis shows a visitor the carbon dioxide lasers and computer-controlled machines in the factory of his Oregon City company, Benchmade Knife Co., he’s like a proud father showing off his kids.

 

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Sauvie Island businesses survive bridge blues
May 2008

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Sauvie Island businesses hunkered down to survive years of bridge restrictions that hammered their economy. What choice did they have?

 

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