Multnomah County Sheriff to begin releasing undocumented immigrants

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton plans to change his detention policy to release undocumented immigrants that are jailed for nonviolent misdemeanor crimes.

 

PremierWest shareholders approve acquisition

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Medford-based PremierWest Bank branches will fold into AmericanWest Bank in April.

 

Oregon timber company paying $130K for air violations

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Friday, March 29, 2013

An Oregon timber company is paying $130,925 to a wood stove replacement program as part of a settlement about air pollution violations alleged by Montana regulators.

 

Farmers plan record corn acreage

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Farmers will plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936.

 

Oregon's personal income growth in top 10 in U.S.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Oregon's personal income growth was among the top 10 in the U.S. in 2012, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

 

NuScale Power seeks federal funds

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Corvallis-based NuScale Power is seeking private investment and public financing as it tries to win regulatory approval for its small modular nuclear reactor technology.

 

Oregon lottery bill spotlights gambling secret

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hundreds of Oregon bars and cafes survive via gambling profits, despite state constitutional ban on non-tribal casinos.

 
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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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