Judge denies adding votes to Measure 92 recount | Print |  Email

Pro-labeling group's motion falls short.

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UO plans $45 million dorm | Print |  Email

The residence hall would house 500 and allow for upgrades to Bean, Hamilton and Walton halls.

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Portland to sue Uber | Print |  Email

The city plans to take the ridesharing company to court, saying it is an "illegal, unregulated transportation service."

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State takes Elliott State Forest off the market | Print |  Email

The state abandoned the idea after producing a report that said the majority of Oregonians want the forest to remain in control of the public.

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Oregon completes split with Oracle over Medicaid enrollment program | Print |  Email

To take its place, the state will use Kentucky's health exchange system.

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Pro-Measure 92 group takes recount fight to court | Print |  Email

Supporters of GMO labeling contend 4,600 ballots were unfairly invalidated.

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Regulators fall behind inspecting Oregon grocery stores | Print |  Email

FDA code says stores should be checked biannually, but due to skimpy budgets, state goals for once-a-year inspections fall short.

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PSU study: Carbon tax would have negligible impact on economy | Print |  Email

The study found that a $30 per ton tax would bring the state's emissions back down to those of the late 20th century.

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Expect delays if Google Fiber is to launch in Portland | Print |  Email

The "hyperfast Internet service" has been in operation in Kansas City as the company eyes extending it into the Rose City.

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Junction City psychiatric facility construction almost complete | Print |  Email

The 220,000 square-foot sanatorium could be open by the end of the month.

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Lake Oswego's Greenbrier announces order of 14,100 railcars | Print |  Email

The total haul is expected to approximate $1.25 billion of new orders.

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TriMet GM touts impact of new MAX line | Print |  Email

The public construction project has provided $170 million to small businesses owned by people of color and women, according to the transit provider.

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Hale's urban renewal districts plan passes citizen advisory group | Print |  Email

The citizen committee's sole recommendation revolved around Block 33 in Old Town/Chinatown.

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Water World

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

Fred Ziari aims to feed the global population.


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See How They Run

January-Powerbook 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.


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Corner Office: Pam Edstrom

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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Kill the Meeting

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Meetings get a bad rap. A few local companies make them count.


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Healthcare Perspective

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Majd El-Azma, president and CEO of LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon, followed by the Healthcare Powerlist.


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Shuffling the Deck

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JON BELL

Oregon tribes still bet on casinos.


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