Portland Metro Area
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?

PDX budget mess
High Five
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Portland Mayor Sam Adams and city bureaus ask for spending hikes amid budget cuts.

Bike plan hits manhole
High Five
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Portland Utility Review Board says sewer funds should not be used for the bike plan.

Farmers band together in tech country
High Five
Friday, March 12, 2010

The president of the Washington County Farm Bureau leads the fight to protect farmland in an area increasingly dominated by tech companies.

Rose Quarter faces doubts
High Five
Thursday, March 11, 2010

As Rose Quarter/Memorial Coliseum proposals are considered, concerns arise over cost and who will pay.

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