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The commercial conundrum
High Five
Monday, March 22, 2010

With Oregon unemployment still above 10%, commercial real estate suffers in the Portland metro area.

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Nike profits leap ahead
High Five
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nike sees its profits double in the third quarter in addition to improving demand.

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Port payoffs in question
High Five
Thursday, March 18, 2010

The economy is raising questions over the payoff for the Port of Portland's costly projects.

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TriMet chief off the bus
High Five
Thursday, March 18, 2010

TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen says he will retire after 11 years of leadership.

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On The Scene: Home-court advantage
On the Scene
Thursday, March 18, 2010

It’s been 40 years since the Portland Trail Blazers made their official NBA debut after being purchased for $3.7 million. Decades later, the franchise has powered through several rough patches — from poor seasons to trouble with the law — with its reputation as a beloved Portland brand intact. Now facing the recession, not to mention a wave of injuries, the Trail Blazers are pushing forward and arguably stronger than ever.

Currently in his fifth season at the helm, coach Nate McMillan was among the speakers at a breakfast forum held by the Portland Business Alliance yesterday, along with chief marketing officer Sarah Mensah and senior VP of business affairs J.E. Isaac. In front of a packed room at Portland’s Governor Hotel, the three franchise representatives talked about what’s keeping the Blazers ahead of the sports-business game, and what to expect from a little project called JumpTown.

McMillan spent a good amount of time praising the work ethic of his team, and the Blazers have indeed been playing with a fighting spirit. With Brandon Roy and Greg Oden among the many star players who experienced injuries this year, it’s remarkable that the team has managed to hold up its standing throughout the season. But what’s keeping the brand thriving while other Portland business sectors are still waiting for that rumored recovery?

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