April 2011

A break from skepticism

robin-BLOGSpring is finally here and hopeful green sprigs are sprouting in the economic landscape.

Education cuts, tax measures hurt

In late February, we asked readers about the impact of the governor’s education cuts and the effects of Measures 66 and 67.

Preston Pulliams leads PCC to major growth

0411_Tactics_01Preston Pulliams, president of Portland Community College, is in love with what he does "because I know what it can do."

Geoloqi explores place-based apps

0411_GeoloqiLocation-based mobile platform Geoloqi was born from a long-shared obsession by two people, Amber Case and Aaron Parecki.

Seaport stays airborne after losing Astoria

0411_SeaportIn spite of the recent cancellation of Seaport’s mostly empty daily flights between Portland and Astoria, the Portland-based airline is growing rapidly — mostly outside of Oregon.

Elemental takes off with iPad

0411_ElementalThe demand for instant video and the explosion of the tablet market have propelled Elemental Technologies into rapid expansion mode.

Shooting revs up for Oregon's best TV and film year ever

0411_Productions_02Oregon’s film and television industry has never looked stronger. Vince Porter, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, predicts that the state will pull in more than $90 million from television shows and films shot here in 2011. And that record windfall could be just the beginning.

E-waste industry helps boost jobs

0411_EwasteAfter an uncertain start, the state law that bans trashing electronic waste has kept heaps of toxic material out of landfills and created jobs. But just how many jobs is unknown, and as the Legislature considers expanding the program it is also looking to tweak the rules with job creation in mind.

Unpaid taxes burn a hole in the budget

0411_UnpaidTaxesIt’s tax time again, unless you happen to be one of the thousands of Oregonians who don’t pay taxes.

Trucking industry copes with rising costs

0411_TruckingA new gas tax and soaring crude prices are prompting Oregon truckers to innovate to protect their bottom lines while passing on as much cost as they can to consumers.