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Oregon launches Wellness@Work

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
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Two years of collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority and business leaders has resulted in a new initiative called Wellness@Work. The initiative's website launched this week with tools for companies to check their current wellness level and simple ideas on how to improve the health of employees.

 

Supportland racks up points for local businesses

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

thelatestHow often have you reached into your wallet for a punchcard to use at a local business only to realize you left it at home, or you don't have the right one? Portland-based Supportland aims to fix this problem by providing one swipeable card for numerous businesses.

 

Global giant buys majority stake in Otak

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

thelatestOkay, so Otak is no Stumptown. Actually, Otak is twice as big as Stumptown, and while it may not have a fanatic customer base among hipsters, it does have 300 employees with deep expertise in how to make cities work better. So when a foreign company buys a majority stake in Otak, it’s a big deal for Oregon.

 

Knowledge Universe CEO resigns

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Friday, June 03, 2011

thelatestAfter only five years, Felicia Thornton, CEO of Knowledge Universe/U.S. Operations, has resigned for personal reasons. Knowledge Universe, which has its headquarters in Portland, is one of Oregon’s largest employers.

 

Oregon Business wins 12 honors

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Monday, May 23, 2011
thelatestOregon Business magazine has won 12 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including first place in the General Excellence category.
 

Klamath water brings jobs optimism

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Monday, May 16, 2011

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Last year drought in the Klamath basin delayed irrigation flows until mid-May.  The water shortage meant millions of dollars lost from unplanted crops and rough economic ripples through an already beleaguered community. But irrigation started on time this year, and that has the area hoping for job creation.

 

Coast attractions hope for better summer

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

thelatestAn anticipated increase in attendance this summer could bring a change in tide for the beleaguered Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport and other struggling Oregon attractions that have struggled through the weakened economy.

 

New med school brings jobs

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

thelatestThe city of Lebanon will be the home of Oregon’s new medical school when the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (Comp-Northwest) opens its doors to its 105 freshmen July 30. It will also bring dozens of jobs to a city that needs them.

 

Methane digester projects progress

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

thelatestNine electricity-producing methane digesters are under development throughout the state despite initial financing hurdles. “These [methane digester] projects are about changing the way we manage waste streams,” says Energy Trust of Oregon biomass program manager Thad Rot.

 

Putting Craigslist on top of Twitter

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Monday, April 25, 2011

thelatestThe Good, a 2-year-old creative agency located in NW Portland, recently released two services that could have implications for how marketers and promoters use Twitter.

 

Mobile apps for the little people

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

thelatestPortland-based Night and Day Studios has in the past two years transitioned from building media installations for museums into a mobile app company. Founder Nat Sims managed to steer the company through an economic recession by shifting industry, radically restructuring, and following a fortuitous idea after reading a children’s book to his daughter.

 

Local app monitors Japan radiation

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

thelatestPortland-based Uncorked Studios has been getting a lot of press lately — CBS news, the BBC, Time and Fast Company, among others. But what’s drawing the attention isn’t another project for Nike or Wieden+Kennedy; it’s something the team put together in their free time — a website to monitor radiation levels in Japan after the tsunami disaster.

 

Championing micro-hydro development

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
thelatestA bipartisan group of senators, including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), recently introduced legislation that seeks to remove barriers to national hydropower development. The legislation, geared toward fulfilling renewable energy portfolio goals, includes language that would remove regulatory hurdles for untapped conduit hydropower in urban and rural Oregon.
 

Call center brings jobs to Coos Bay

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

thelatestRemember when Gov. John Kitzhaber told the state's business leaders that rural and metro Oregon must grow at the same pace? "Creating 15 jobs in Coos Bay," he said, "is the same as creating 500 jobs in Portland." Well, Coos Bay just landed 250 jobs.

 

The Freshwater Trust to launch conservation market

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

thelatest A local environmental group is developing a market-based approach to the enduring challenge of conserving freshwater habitat.

 

ClearEdge gears up for potential IPO

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

thelatestJust $10 million. That's all the CEO of ClearEdge Power told Senator Jeff Merkley that he needs to transform the Hillsboro fuel cell manufacturer into a billion dollar company. The CEO, Russ Ford, guided Merkley through the ClearEdge plant on Tuesday, showing him a wall ready to be torn down and an assembly line ready to be extended. The renovations could boost capacity from 1,500 units a year to more than 10,000.

 

United Streetcar on track with made-in-USA production

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

thelatestClackamas-based United Streetcar hosted Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and a trio of Congressmen yesterday to display the latest progress in the mission to crank out made-in-the-USA streetcars in Oregon, for the nation and the world.

 

The great funding challenge

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

thelatestPortland lacks the framework it needs to help its web startups grow, said Darius Monsef, the CEO of the website COLOURlovers, to a crowd of fellow web developers Tuesday. Portland needs more investors who know the business, he argues, and more who can inject tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars into budding companies, instead of the millions provided by big venture capitalists.

 

Walden, Oregon farmers fight pesticide buffer

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

thelatestEnvironmentalists take the EPA to court over the enforcement of pesticide buffers as congressmen from the West protest the buffers altogether.

 

Innovation Program picks up momentum

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

thelatestThe new Innovation Program in Portland State’s Maseeh College of Engineering is already cooking up some interesting projects, including a novel water filtration system, a mechanism for measuring traffic on foot-bridges, and a noise cancellation mechanism for cars.

 

Lodgepole pine study raises worries for forests

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

thelatestA recent study predicting hard times ahead for lodgepole pines adds yet another worry about the future of Oregon forests.

 
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