Portland may require paid sick days

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Currently, 80% of Portland's food service workers receive no paid sick days, a fact that may soon change.

 

Energy Trust to fund $1M solar electric projects

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Energy Trust of Oregon is making up to $1 million of incentives available for large solar electric projects.

 

DuPont Pioneer expanding in Hermiston

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DuPont Pioneer plans to expand its Hermiston plant, doubling the capacity of its corn and hybrid seed processing facility.

 

Beaverton school unveils solar project

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

REC Solar and Kenyon Energy finished a three-system solar project for the Beaverton School District.

 

Portland among worst places to buy a foreclosure

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The Portland area is among the worst markets to buy a foreclosure, according to RealtyTrac.

 

East Oregon water issue breakthrough possible

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The effort to develop new water for Umatilla Basin farmers could soon see a breakthrough in a long-standing stalemate between farmers and environmentalists.

 

Adaptu shutting down

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Portland-based StanCorp is shutting down Adaptu, its version of the online money management site Mint.com.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
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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Historically, when the leaves fall, so do the markets. This year, earnings, Europe, energy and Ebola have in common? Beyond alliteration, they are four factors that the investors are pointing to for this year’s seasonal volatility.


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The implosion of the energy complex: The best thing for low oil prices is low oil prices.


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