South Korea resumes Oregon wheat purchases

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

South Korean flour mills are resuming buying soft white wheat from the Pacific Northwest, the first break in export sales since GM plants were found in Oregon.

 

Legislature OKs $5M for Blue Heron site

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Oregon Legislature approved $5 million in lottery bonds to help develop the former Blue Heron mill site in Oregon City.

 

Portland OKs West Hayden Island annexation

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted to endorse annexing west Hayden Island into Portland.

 

Portland bridge getting suicide fix

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick ordered a temporary fix to prevent Vista Bridge suicides.

 

Oregon works to keep 'frequent fliers' out of ER

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

As part of a national health care overhaul, Oregon is trying to encourage people who frequent the emergency room to get their health care from regular doctors instead.

 

Oregon Legislature mandates midwife licensing

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill that requires mandatory licensing of midwives.

 

Bank CEO steps down to lead SBA

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Eugene-based Summit Bank CEO Ann Marie Mehlum is stepping down to become associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Capital Access.

 
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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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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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Corner Office: Marv LaPorte

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