Bonneville has $3.5M for researchers

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Bonneville Power Administration wants to develop more efficient ways to develop and deliver energy, and has $3.5 million available for new projects.

 

Ashland entrepreneur's MustHaveMenus serves thousands

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Ashland entrepreneur Jim Williams' online menu provider company MustHaveMenus serves 15,000 restaurants.

 

Oregon commutes getting worse

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

A growing number of Oregon residents are forced into extreme commutes due to lasting recession effects.

 

Wells Fargo expanding mortgage branch in Portland

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Wells Fargo is hiring 90 underwriters in Portland because of an uptick in demand for home loans.

 

State unemployment rate steady at 8.4 percent

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Oregon's unemployment rate in January was 8.4%, as the private sector added 5,000 jobs but the public sector cut 800.

 

Jobless benefits dropping

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Weekly unemployment benefits will drop 10.7% starting March 31, the Oregon Employment Department says.

 

Democrats, Republicans propose major PERS cuts

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Democrats proposed $445 million in PERS cuts, while Republicans proposed more than $1.5 billion in cuts.

 
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Growing a mobility cluster

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Friday, October 31, 2014
0414 bikes bd2f6052BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland?  The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented.  But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.


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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: Sheree Arntson

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Checking in with the managing director of Arnerich Massena.


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Behind the curtain: What students should know about accreditation and rankings

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How important are institutional and/or program evaluations provided by third parties in selecting a college or university program?


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Crowdfunding 2.0

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Everyone knows college is expensive, but a look at the numbers brings that into sharp — and painful — focus.


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Fred Ziari aims to feed the global population.


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