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Tax, PERS bills will pass, Tina Kotek says

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said that two key bills to balance the state budget will pass this week.

 

SoloPower to suspend entire Portland operations in June

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SoloPower will suspend its Portland operations in June. It is still unclear whether production will ever start back up, or if Oregon will get back millions of dollars in incentives paid to the company.

 

TriMet plans to boost ridership in Hillsboro

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TriMet officials plan to boost ridership in the under-served Hillsboro, the state's fifth-largest city.

 

Energy Trust increases business incentives

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Energy Trust of Oregon is increasing cash incentives for solar electric systems installed in businesses.

 

Webtrends to move its HQ

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Webtrends plans to move its headquarters to another downtown Portland building, consolidating operations onto a single floor of the U.S. Bancorp Tower.

 

Eugene law firm boosts downtown project

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Hutchinson Cox law firm is the latest business to sign a lease in the new Woolworth Building in downtown Eugene.

 

Kale chip company makes B Corp list

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pacific Northwest Kale Chips earned a spot on a list of top Benefit Corporations.

 
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