Features
Farmers' market boom leads to some busts
September 2007

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There’s been an explosion of farmers’ markets around the state, and with it a casualty list. Can there be too much of a good thing?

 

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Fertile ground in Silicon Forest?
September 2007

JayEisenlohr.jpgYou’ve always had to have big ideas. Right now you have to  have a very, very  big idea." — JAY EISENLOHR,  AMBRIC

 

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Capitol Gains: Unfinished business
August 2007

{safe_alt_text}Was it a good session for business? Yes, says Kari Chisholm, a political consultant and an editor at blueoregon.com, one of the most prominent left-leaning blogs in the state.

 

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Deal Watch: MyStrands raises $25 million
August 2007

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Oregon’s snazziest young high-tech company is Corvallis-based MyStrands and the 50-employee operation has a cool $25 million to prove it.

 

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Oregon gets peanuts from the Pentagon
August 2007

PacStar3500.jpgDespite the efforts of a regional business coalition to increase Pentagon contracts awarded in Oregon, last year the state fell to its lowest ranking in defense spending per state in 10 years.

 

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GenX lawyers seek life beyond the firm
July 2007

JohnRussell0707.jpgWork-life balance is key for the next generation of lawyers.

 

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New opportunities for small Oregon ports
July 2007

PortCoosBay.jpgIt won’t be easy, but Oregon’s coastal ports are in a position to play a major role in the next wave of local and international shipping.

 

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Colleges struggle to meet health-care worker demand
June 2007

PCCstudent0607.jpgDuring the 2004-05 school year, Oregon community colleges graduated 573 students from registered nursing programs; colleges and universities contributed another 524, for a total of 1,097 graduates.

 

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Legislators take on health care system
June 2007

{safe_alt_text}Business leaders say Salem’s health care reform effort is a major step forward, but specifics are few and questions are many.

 

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Wave energy projects face challenges
June 2007

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Now that the backslapping in Salem over this year’s renewable energy bill has died down, here’s the real news about wave energy: It’s going to be at least five years before the state discovers which, if any, of the seven much-touted wave energy projects are viable.

 

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Capitol Gains: What’s waiting in the wings?
May 2007

{safe_alt_text}The Oregon Legislature heads into what should be its final two months, with leaders calling for a late June adjournment. A few business-related bills flying just below the radar could pop up for floor votes in the last wave of activity.

 

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Deal Watch: Powerhouse investor dips into Portland — then flips
May 2007

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The biggest name on Wall Street bought into the Portland real estate market this year, but the deal didn’t have staying power.

 

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LNG terminals ignite a statewide controversy
May 2007

LNG1.gifLiquid natural gas is a story, like so many in an energy-fixated world, that begins and ends with demand. Not just a demand for cleaner, cheaper or more sustainable, but a demand for more. More for Europe. More for Asia. A whole lot more for North America.

 

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The Dalles makes a comeback
May 2007

DallesIndustrial.jpgDepending on where you stand, the city of The Dalles presents very different sides. One is from above the city, at the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial at Sorosis Park.

 

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Big Deals: Metals fired up by acquisitions, innovations and demand
April 2007

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To say the past year was an active one for Portland-based Precision Castparts Corp. would be something of an understatement.

 

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Destination resorts want looser regulations, land use groups cry foul
April 2007

PronghornResort0407.jpgErik Kancler is driving through the tidy streets of Eagle Crest resort, looking for a view of the mountains. He’s been told there’s a road that climbs up the side of the butte that the resort — about 15 miles north of Bend in Deschutes County — is built around. But he’s never been here before. He’s a little lost.

 

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Capitol Gains: it’s down to business in Salem
March 2007

OakleyBrooks.jpgIf you’re still basking in the sunshine moment of last month when the state’s major business groups spoke with one voice to the Oregon Senate Revenue committee, it’s now safe to take off your shades.

 

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