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TriMet GM's pay raise includes lucrative vacation allowance

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

McFarlane's "vacation bank" allows for boost to his retirement package.

 

Former Kitzhaber assistant to head Department of Energy

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Michael Kaplan gets job after serving as acting director since August 2013.

 

Two Medford farms asks court to halt ban on genetically modified crops

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The farms hope the court will end the countywide ban or pay $4.2 million in losses.

 

Doha beats Eugene in bid for track championships

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The capital city of Qatar was chosen by the International Association of Athletic Federations over the Oregon city and Barcelona.

 

Economic development group asks Klamath County for $100,000

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Klamath Inspire Development — Energize Acceleration would like money to start their project and help business owners take classes at the community college.

 

Public comments sought on Portland Street Fund

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The plan would yield millions for the city to improve infrastructure.

 

Natural gas terminal in Coos Bay could be state's biggest greenhouse gas emitter

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jordan Cove Energy Project is seeking Oregon's permission to ramp up emissions.

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

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
120414-edurating-thumbBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

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


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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


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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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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
pingpongthumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Nothing says startup culture like a ping pong table in the office, lounge or lobby.


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Corner Office: Marv LaPorte

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The president of LaPorte & Associates lets us in on his day-to-day life.


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Justice for All

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


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