Senate approves PERS plan

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Friday, April 12, 2013

The Oregon Senate approved a Democratic plan to cut PERS.

 

Portland's Looptworks to make Dave Matthews Band t-shirts

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Portland-based Looptworks will supply material for t-shirts for the Dave Matthews Band's summer tour, one of the world's top music attractions.

 

Sinclair buys west coast TV stations

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying Fisher Communications for $361 million.

 

Report hints at size of Apple's Prineville data center

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Friday, April 12, 2013

The first phase of Apple's Prineville data center will be small, according to a regulatory report on how much energy it plans to use.

 

Integra moving HQ from Portland to Vancouver

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Portland telecommunications company Integra is moving its headquarters and employees to Vancouver, Wash.

 

Eugene chosen to hold Olympic track trials again

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Eugene was chosen to host the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials for the third time in a row, in 2016.

 

Incomes not keeping up with rebounding home prices

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Portland homebuyers may be paying smaller monthly payments than in the past, but they're buying higher cost homes relative to their income.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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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