Oregon LNG applies for federal permit

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Backers of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near the mouth of the Columbia River say that approval would preempt opposition from Clatsop County.

 

Polaris offers lab services to battery startups

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A new Beaverton-based manufacturing and testing lab might even the playing field for U.S. battery companies.

 

Liquor surcharge would boost state budget

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Oregon liquor authorities will vote Wednesday morning on whether to add a 25-cent-a-bottle surcharge to the price of spirits.

 

Portland collects more than $7M in arts tax

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The deadline to pay Portland’s Arts Tax on time has passed.

 

EV driving costs 96 cents per gallon, DOE website says

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A new U.S. government tool shows a typical EV in Oregon could go as far on 96 cents worth of electricity as a similar vehicle could on a gallon of unleaded gasoline.

 

Pacific Seafood to relocate at Tongue Point

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Pacific Coast Seafood employees will be temporarily relocating to the Del Mar Seafoods facility at North Tongue Point by the end of the week.

 

Klamath Tribes put out call for historic water rights

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The move will likely cut off irrigation water to hundreds of cattle ranchers and farmers in the upper basin this summer.

 
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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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