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Design Forum/PDX brings job hopes

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

thelatestThe City of Portland Economic Development Strategy has a goal of creating 10,000 jobs within the next five years through an industry cluster strategy. The initiative has fostered some promising projects for job growth within the Portland metro area.

 

FedEx ramps up in Troutdale

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

thelatestFedEx's new 447,000-square-foot shipping facility in Troutdale is humming with activity as the company prepares for the holiday madness. Local managers have hired part time and full time workers and employment at the facility is up to 550 jobs and growing.

 

Pendleton partners with Levi's

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Monday, November 15, 2010

thelatestPendleton Woolen Mills and Levi Strauss and Co. launched a collaborative collection of men's and women's trucker jackets last week, intended for buyers of American-made products. It's the latest in a series of apparel collaborations for the iconic Oregon company that manages 75 stores and employs 900 people.

 

Groupon comes to Salem

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

thelatestCapitol City Theater Improv Comedy sold out two weekends in a row after signing up for the online marketing services of the new Groupon-Salem, which launched on the first day of November.

 

Bandon Dunes to add another course

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

thelatestJust months after opening its fourth course in June, the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has completed the permitting process to add a fifth course to its collection of world-class links golf courses, providing more games along the coastal sand dunes, the environment in which the game originated.

 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival shatters records for attendance and revenue

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

thelatestThe Oregon Shakespeare Festival has closed its 75th Anniversary year with record attendance and revenue numbers. Despite the rainy Oregon summer and the weak economy, the OSF sold 414,783 tickets (94% of capacity) and earned $18.5 million, an increase of 8% over 2009.

 

Businesses that adapt can prosper

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

thelatestThree Oregon businesses described their success stories at the Kruse Way Economic Forum, and the common message was that to prosper in this economy you have to be able to adapt.

 

Under-developed tourism industry holds promise for Southwestern Oregon

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

thelatestOnce the busiest exporter of lumber in the world, the International Port of Coos Bay no longer booms with business, and neither does the area around it. Now the Southwestern coastal area is exploring ways to trade big timber for small businesses generating income from tourism.

 

Columbia's Omni-Heat gear heats up sales

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Friday, October 22, 2010

thelatestColumbia Sportswear reported record sales numbers for the third quarter due to promising backlog orders and strong sell-through for a new winter line led by the company's innovative new Omni-Heat products.

 

Foreclosures will not budge, and neither will some homeowners

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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As the number of foreclosures plateaus, more homeowners are sinking their heels into their properties, refusing to vacate repossessed properties. This is contributing to the bogged down state of the housing market.

 

The hair design business keeps growing

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

thelatestOn Saturday mornings, Beau Monde College of Hair Design in downtown Portland is a hive of energy, with customers coming and going, students honing their skills and even a little dance session to get things started. The scene is emblematic of a niche industry that has grown in Oregon while many others have suffered.

 

California’s brain drain is Oregon’s gain

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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Out-of-state tuition dollars are saving the Oregon University System from financial strains as money for higher education continues to dry up. More and more Californians are pouring into Oregon schools, and university officials are happy to take their money.

 

Change brightens lighting opportunities

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Monday, October 04, 2010

imo-blogIn September, General Electric, with its ties to American inventor and light bulb luminary Thomas Edison, closed its last major incandescent light factory, laying off more than 200 workers.  This seismic shift, mandated by energy efficiency standards, has created headaches for some companies and opportunities for others.

 

Lululemon's ground-level business strategy

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

thelatestAthletic apparel company Lululemon’s marketing strategy includes cupcakes, camp outs, dances and running clubs. It does not include broadcast or print advertising, or any other traditional marketing approaches. The company relies solely on social events, word of mouth and social media to get customers to its stores. Last week it took the unusual step of organizing an overnight camp-out in upscale Bridgeport Village.

 

Oregon ARRA funds go to Washington businesses

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
thelatestThe recently completed Tillamook North Jetty project was awarded to an out-of-state company over local bidders, raising questions about the future use of federal stimulus funds awarded to Oregon projects.
 

Oregon Zoo cashes in on dinosaur fever

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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The Oregon Zoo has extended its animatronic "Prehistoric Predator" exhibit an extra month due to popularity and financial success. The animals will return to extinction on October 3.

 

 

Subsidies dry up for green business

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

thelatestLegislators presented a doom and gloom message to Oregon green business leaders last week: The Oregon General Fund continues to plummet. State subsidies, once readily offered through tax credits to green businesses, will now be more difficult to obtain.

 

Group creates a bed bug fighting bed

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Friday, September 10, 2010

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A Portland nonprofit has invented a bed that it hopes will help fight the bed bug infestation that has hit apartments, hotels and other buildings throughout the city.

 

Running events gain momentum

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

thelatestOregon is getting pounded in the recession - pounded by the soles of runners clamoring to snag a spot in marathons, relays and races filling up around the state.

 

Jobs return to Portland Harbor

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

thelatestThe Greenbrier Companies, headquartered in Lake Oswego with a strong presence in Portland Harbor, has received $130 million worth of new railcar orders and will increase its workforce by 260 at its Gunderson railcar manufacturing facility in Northwest Portland.  The company has received over 1,700 new orders and 1,200 refurbishment orders from five companies in North America.

 

South Waterfront finally comes to life

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Monday, August 23, 2010

thelatestThe ribbon-cutting of Elizabeth Caruthers Park last Thursday sent a strong signal that the idealized South Waterfront District isn’t completely lost to a stalled economy. Quite the contrary, it looks as though the neighbors are finally moving in, and so is business.

 
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