Boardman coal plant offline

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Portland General Electric's Boardman coal-fired power plant is down for at least a month after a temperature shock July 1 in a 36-inch steam pipe made the pipe fall out, creating a "thermal water hammer." The company hasn't released cost estimates yet, but the accident comes at a bad time during peak air conditioning season. 

 

Pelican Brewing expands to Tillamook

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Pacific City's Pelican Brewing is opening a $1.4M brewery in downtown Tillamook. Gov. Kitzhaber's office helped with a $150,000 forgivable loan.

 

Oregon helps pot dispensaries go legit

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The Oregon Legislature approved new regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, part of a larger effort to legitimize hundreds of dispensaries that are currently operating in a legal gray area.

 

Portland beekeepers breeding a stronger queen

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Last winter, 40% of beehives in the Portland urban area died, similar to losses around the country. Now, two Northeast Portland beekeepers are working to breed a queen bee that can survive harsh Portland winters.

 

NW Natural reaches cleanup deal

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Northwest Natural Gas reached an agreement with the Oregon Public Utility Commission on how to charge ratepayers for Portland Harbor cleanup costs. The gas company manufactured gas near the St. Johns Bridge between 1913 and 1956, and now has to recover pollution cleanup costs from current ratepayers.

 

Oregonians pay 10 times more for prescription drugs

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Oregonians have paid 10 times more for top-selling prescription drugs due to deals between drug manufacturers to delay generics.

 

Trellis Earth Products moving manufacturing to U.S.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Wilsonville-based Trellis Earth Products is moving its manufacturing plant from China to Rochester, N.Y.

 
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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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