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$33M in contracts awarded to diverse Oregon firms

 

$33 million in contracts with the 12 largest Oregon state agencies was given to businesses owned by minorities or women, or small businesses considered "emerging."

Crop sales soar in Oregon

Oregon agricultural sales hit a record $5.2 billion last year, according to a report from Oregon State University.

Intel facial recognition marketing now in Oregon

Facial recognition technology developed at Intel is being used to focus on and target customers. 

Job openings increase in February

Employers posted slightly more job openings in February, suggesting that job gains may continue in the coming months.

Umpqua Bank to buy American Perspective Bank

Portland-based Umpqua Holdings has agreed to buy San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based American Perspective Bank for $44.7 million.

PremierWest Bancorp announces layoffs

Medford-based PremierWest Bancorp will lay off an unspecified number of workers in a $4.4 million cost-cutting effort.

Protesters oppose coal transport plan

Protesters gathered at the Department of State Lands to rally against proposed coal exports in Oregon.