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Oregon needs a raise

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

07.19.13 Thumbnail LowIncomeOregon's per capita personal income has been slipping further behind levels in Washington and California as well as the nation as a whole since the late '90s. The recession of the early 2000s seems to have dealt a heavier blow here than other states and income wasn't as quick to bounce back.

2013 legislative updates

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateIn the aftermath of the anticlimactic 2013 legislative session, we update a few stories Oregon Business covered this past year.

Oregon cracks down on illegal fireworks explosion

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

06.27.13 Thumbnail FireworksWith the 4th of July quickly approaching, many Oregonians are crafting barbecue menus, hanging red, white and blue bunting and preparing for their annual trek across the Columbia River for illegal fireworks. Oregon only allows fireworks that travel less than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, but it’s a simple trip up to Washington to buy roman candles, bottle rockets or firecrackers.

Oregonian shifts to digital model, announces layoffs

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

06.20.13 Thumbnail NewspapersThe Oregonian will reduce print delivery to four days a week as the paper shifts to a digitally focused news enterprise.

 

 

Data Science: Part II

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateWe asked Thomas Thurston, the Portland data scientist featured in our May issue, to comment on PRISM, the code name for the NSA's massive data-collection program recently exposed in documents leaked by federal contractor Edward Snowden.

Oregon's labor force falls into retreat

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

06.07.13 Thumbnail LaborUnemployment is down but so is the labor force as discouraged workers desert, baby boomers retire and the economy sputters along. In the year ending in April, Portland's labor force fell 1.7% and statewide it dropped 1.9%. Has Portlandia's  "Dream of the '90s" evaporated?

Eco-friendly workplaces and the bottom line

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateA new green practices survey examines the impact of a sustainable workplace on a company's bottom line.

 

 

County budget woes threaten Oregon agriculture

BY ANGELA DECKER | ASHLAND CORRESPONDENT

05.31.13 Thumbnail GrapeVineFarmers and vintners fear that looming cuts to Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) could damage the region's pear, wine and agriculture/livestock industries, valued at over $80 million.

2013 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon announced

BY OB STAFF

05.30.13 Thumbnail GreenPressPORTLAND – About 300 people turned out today for Oregon Business magazine’s fifth annual celebration of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon.

 

 

Economic development: an app for that

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

05.22.13 Thumbnail iPadSean Robbins, CEO of Greater Portland Inc., dropped by the OB offices yesterday to demonstrate a new economic development app aimed at marketing the Portland region. The app, which launches today, was developed by digital marketing agency Storycode.

SPJ names Oregon Business best publication

BY OB STAFF

05.20.13 Thumbnail SPJFor the third year in a row, Oregon Business magazine has been named the best publication in its category by the Society of Professional Journalists of Oregon and SW Washington.

 

 

Distillers seek to cash in on craft libations

BY ERIC FLOWERS | OB CORRESPONDENT

05.16.13 Thumbnail WineIn 2009, Brad Irwin formally launched what is now Central Oregon’s second craft distillery, Oregon Spirit Distillers, in a small warehouse building just a block or two from the Parkway on Bend’s eastside. Today, he’s part of a growing class of craft distillers who are catering to the public’s appetite for artisan spirits.

Outlook brighter for sales of Portland businesses

05.09.13 Thumbnail BusinessSalesBY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

Much like residential real estate that finally seems to be regaining ground lost years ago during the recession, sales of businesses are also seeing modest improvement.

 

Oregon provides fodder for health care debate

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BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

New results from a unique study of the effects of health insurance coverage in Oregon have added more fuel to the debate over health care.

 

Small business owners gloomier in Oregon

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BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

Oregon prides itself on being a small-business state, but its moms-and-pops and start-ups are not feeling loved. According to a recent survey of small business owners, the state's economy is worse off than the rest of the country.

Things fall apart

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

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SoloPower's closure caps a gloomy 10 days for Oregon business leaders.

 

 

 

More than $9B invested in Oregon renewable resources

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.26.12 SolarPanelThumbnailInvestment in renewable energy manufacturing and projects in Oregon totals over $9 billion, according to a new report by the Renewable Northwest Project released for Earth Day.

 

Rough & Ready closes; Nike disses South Waterfront

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Thumbnail UpdateRough & Ready, the 90-year old mill featured in our current issue, shut down yesterday.

 

 

 

Portland's jobs flee the urban core

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

04.18.13 Thumbnail CommuteWhile residential flight to the suburbs ebbed in the last decade or two amid urban gentrification, most jobs are still migrating outward according to a new Brookings report.

 

 

Charting the online ed disruption

BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

04.10.13 Thumbnail Education Don’t look now, but online education startups may soon give social media/mobile app developers a run for their money — in Oregon and around the country.

  

 

Nike's Parker is 4th-highest-paid U.S. CEO

BY BRANDON SAWYER | OB RESEARCH EDITOR

1012 CEOPay MarkParkerMark Parker, Nike's CEO, came in fourth on a New York Times list of 2012's top-paid CEOs at U.S. public companies. He was topped only by Oracle's Larry Ellison (no. 1), HCA Healthcare's Richard Bracken and Walt Disney's Bob Iger.