Portland is home to largest fleet of car2go vehicles in North America | Print |  Email

 There are now 530 cars circulating the Rose City.

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Semiconductor group says industry is growing | Print |  Email

World Semiconductor Trade Statistics suggests gloomy projections released earlier this year weren't wholly accurate.

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U.S. Senate to decide fate of Klamath water deal | Print |  Email

The bill — SB 2379 — was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and will now move to the full Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Portland State professor says more people means higher housing expenses | Print |  Email

The expert's study refutes the 2014 Urban Growth Report.

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Kitzhaber's proposed budget reflects desire to boost education spending | Print |  Email

The governor's budget for 2015-17 allocates an additional $800 million to encourage students to be ready for school from a young age.

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Portland company wants to sell you your last toothbrush | Print |  Email

The eco-toothbrush has been popular on crowd-funding site crowdsupply.com.

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Port of Portland director says he intends to retire in 3-5 years | Print |  Email

Bill Wyatt said he'd like to retire around the time he turns 67, which is in two years.

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Navy medical vessel contract goes to Vigor Industrial | Print |  Email

Portland company will receive no less than $13.4 million for maintenance on the ship Mercy.

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Skylab brings lauded design to Nike World Headquarters revamping | Print |  Email

Nike isn't talking about their plan, but documents filed give a general picture of what the company is intending to do.

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Portland city council considers raising additional $310M for redevelopment projects | Print |  Email

The urban renewal projects include two of the most anticipated works: the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the Portland-to-Milwaukie MAX line.

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SF Web startup with Portland office releases IPO details | Print |  Email

New Relic plans to sell five million shares at the price of $18-20 each.

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Uber could make inroads on Salem market | Print |  Email

The fate of the ride-sharing company in Oregon's state capital could be decided tonight at the Salem City Council meeting.

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Hillsboro property owners pitch tax to boost downtown vitality | Print |  Email

Main Street businesses would be taxed at a rate of 0.6 percent.

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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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The clean fuels opportunity

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Monday, November 10, 2014
111014-dirtyfuel-thumbBY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


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A Complex Portrait: Immigration, Jobs and the Economy

November/December 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE & KIM MOORE

Oregon Business reports on the visa squeeze, the skills gap and foreign-born residents who are revitalizing rural Oregon.


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Old school: Paulsen's Pharmacy maintains old fashion ethos

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
121914-pharmacy-thumbBY MEGHAN NOLT

VIDEO: Under the radar — complete with a soda counter, the traditional Paulsen's Pharmacy looks to compete with big box retailers.


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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Leading with the right brain

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
120914-manderson-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.


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Top stories in 2014

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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2014 was a year of wild contradictions, fast-paced growth and unexpected revelations.


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