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Bank of the Cascades to buy Home Federal Bank

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bend-based Bank of the Cascades is buying Idaho's Home Federal Bank. The deal gives Bank of the Cascades $2.4 billion in assets and 56 branches in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

 

Oregon Bancorp buys back shares after recession

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oregon Bancorp purchased a stake in Willamette Valley Bank held by the U.S. Department of Treasury since 2009.

 

Oregon job vacancies soar

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Job vacancies in Oregon reached their highest level this summer since the Great Recession.

 

Oregon contributed to new Apple devices

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Apple's new iPads, desktops and laptops have parts designed and made in Oregon, and the Portland area.

 

Oregon gas prices ninth most expensive in U.S.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oregon's gas prices are the ninth most expensive in the nation for the second week in a row.

 

Willamette Valley agencies win federal grant

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments won more than $1.7 million in federal funding as part of the Make it America Challenge.

 

Intel scientists study effects of air pollution on computers

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Intel scientists in Hillsboro are studying the effects of air pollution on the insides of computers, to protect electronics in India and China.

 
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Shuffling the Deck

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JON BELL

Oregon tribes still bet on casinos.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

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


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Top 10 stories of 2014

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


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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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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Woman of Steel

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Tamara Lundgren tackles the challenges—without getting trampled.


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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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