Morning Roundup

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FEMA to assist Deschutes County, Lattice Semiconductor considers presidential appeal and SolarWorld fined by DEQ.


Portland-area students are flocking back to school today. The first day of school also signals the official opening of three new Portland schools: Faubion School, Franklin High and Roosevelt High.

Speaking of back to school, here's a sneak peak from our September issue, in which we look at the decentralization of learning. And now, today's headlines:

Deschutes County seeks FEMA money. The county first asked for FEMA assistance for winter storm damage in March but was denied. A June appeal was successful. The Bend Bulletin has the story.

Lattice considers Trump appeal. The chipmaker has spent nearly eight months trying to get approval of its $1.3 billion sale to a China-backed private equity fund. The sale requires federal approval but is stuck in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Trump has final say on the deal. If the case is pushed to his desk, it would be the fourth such case in the last three decades. Reuters has more.

More SolarWorld problems. The Hillsboro company has continued to struggle this summer after its German parent company declared insolvency. Now SolarWorld has been fined $13,000 by the DEQ for failure to properly manage hazardous waste. Read more from the Oregonian.

Plans quickly developing at Terminal 1. The property sale was just finalized to Lithia Motors, but developers are already flocking to the area. Jonathan Cohen of The Society Hotel wants to build a new hotel on a floating dock between Terminal 1 and the Fremont Bridge. Cohen says the nearby pier could be transformed and host a spa, farmers market and other amenities for nearby apartments and condos. The Oregonian has the story.

Amazon worth the tax breaks. Salem argues its $3.7 million property tax break on Amazon's new fulfillment center is worth the long-term benefits to the city. The annual tax bill on the one-million-square foot facility is about $90 million. The Statesman Journal has more.

Changes at Flir. One of Oregon's largest companies is undergoing a reorganization. Part of that reorganization includes the resignation of COO Tom Surran. Read more from the Oregonian.

Wieden+Kennedy loses top leader. Managing Director Tom Blessington — known for his work with Nike — is leaving Portland for Silicon Valley by way of YouTube. The Portland Business Journal has more.

Katy Sword

Katy Sword is the digital news editor of Oregon Business.

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