World Cup boosts Adidas' Portland HQ

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Adidas' North American headquarters is buzzing with excitement for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

 

SE Portland 'Goat Blocks' to get apartments, retail

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Vancouver-based Killian Pacific intends to construct apartments, retail space, a parking garage and plazas on the Southeast Portland site known for its goats.

 

Christmas trees boost Oregon ag

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Christmas trees are Oregon's 12th largest agricultural business, ahead of cherries and hazelnuts.

 

Blumenauer gas tax proposal draws criticism

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Congressman Earl Blumenauer is announcing legislation to nearly double the federal gas tax.

 

Surge in new apartments means move-in specials

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The tight apartment market has led to a wave of new buildings coming to the market at the same time.

 

Evergreen International Airlines flies last flight

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Evergreen International Airlines flew its final military flight Friday and all remaining aircraft are now parked.

 

Medicaid brings staffing challenges

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Deschutes County is adding staff to handle an expected surge of families seeking services under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.

 
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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 short list: Holiday habits of six Oregon CEOs

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We ask business and nonprofit leaders how they survive the season.


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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

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Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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Powerbook Perspective

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A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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Behind the curtain: What students should know about accreditation and rankings

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How important are institutional and/or program evaluations provided by third parties in selecting a college or university program?


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Justice for All

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Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


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The clean fuels opportunity

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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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