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Gresham shops celebrate a fee holiday
June 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010

0610_ATS09Like most cities around the state, Gresham has been hard hit by the commercial real estate crash. Its downtown core is dotted with vacant storefronts, left behind by businesses that failed or moved out of town. But unlike most cities, Gresham decided one way to bring business back to its downtown was to waive all development-related fees as well as first-year license fees.

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Homeowners finally get help with troubled loans
High Five
Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Making Home Affordable initiative to modify mortgages has finally begun helping local homeowners.

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Rewards card could boost Portland's local economy
High Five
Thursday, May 27, 2010

The "Supportland" rewards card aims to make supporting local businesses in Portland simple and rewarding.

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On The Scene: Electric future
On the Scene
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Electric cars: it's a big buzz, but do we know where the future is really going? Trucking company Navistar came to Portland this week to launch their new $149,000 all-electric van, and the tone was optimistic.

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Contractors ignore EPA's lead paint rules
High Five
Monday, May 24, 2010

New EPA regulations require a special lead-based paint license to renovate pre-1978 homes, but some contractors are ignoring the rule.

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