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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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The 2012 economic forecast
December 2011

1211_WhatsAhead_01What's ahead for Oregon's economy? The forecast is mixed.

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Do people follow jobs?
November 2011

1111_DoPeopleFollowJobs_01Population and employment have always had a symbiotic relationship. A growing population creates a need for goods and services. A surge in hiring, such as when a new company sets up shop, can create demand for workers from outside the area, boosting the local population. Generally, a change in either can’t be sustained without a similar change in the other.

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Few women sit on public companies' boards
November 2011

1111_NoSeatAtTheTable_01A survey by Oregon Business found that women fill only 39 of the 340 board seats at Oregon’s 46 public companies, and almost half of those companies have no women on their boards. The dearth of women is both a social equity and business performance issue.

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How open source got its groove back
October 2011
1011_OpenSource_01Portland lost some allure during the recession, but developers once again are smitten by its culture, community and cost of living.
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Vernonia stakes future on new school
October 2011
1011_Vernonia_01Flood-ravaged Vernonia stakes its future on a new green school and the hope of what it can ignite.
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2011 List: 100 Best Nonprofits To Work For in Oregon
October 2011
1011_Nonprofit_01Our third annual 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project celebrates great workplaces in the nonprofit sector. Nearly 5,500 employees from 170 nonprofits statewide participated in this year’s survey.
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Private sector shapes education reform
September 2011

0911_EducationOregon’s business community scored a triumph in education reform this session, an effort that spotlights how the private sector — sometimes controversially — is shaping education reform and funding.

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Carpenters union attacks wage fraud
September 2011
0911_UndergroundFight_01As jobs remain tight, competition stays fierce and Hispanic labor grows, a carpenters union attacks fraud in the construction industry with controversial tactics.
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