Weekly roundup

Another biz organization leader under the microscope, Joyce Judy takes on Peter Courtney and the Nike exodus continues.


Oregon primary elections are May 15, and races are heating up. Caleb Diehl reports here on the IT professional who would challenge Sen. Peter Courtney. Caleb also has a report on Republican backstabbing, as well as a quick update on GOP gubernatorial candidates.

The Daily Astorian covers the Democratic candidates for House District 32, noting their constrasting stances on forest managment. Timber harvests net Clatsop County and local school districts more than $20 million a year from timber harvests.


Willamette Week reports that Gov. Kate Brown this week will launch an investigation into the state's economic development agency, Business Oregon. The move follows a letter from current and  former employees who describe toxic working conditions.

The Business Oregon allegations surfaced only a week after the CEO of Oregon Business and Industry leadership was forced to step down over allegations of mismanagement and racially charged comments.


Four more Nike executives left the beleaguered athletic apparel company this week, according to the Portland Business Journal The shakeup unfolds as lucrative apparel agreements between Nike and Oregon high schools get closer scrutiny. 

In a bit of irony, timing wise, the Reputation Institute announced its top 100 ranking of the most reputable companies in the country in its US RepTrak 100. Nike took the No. 2 spot, just behind Campbell’s.






Mitch Wasden, CEO of OHSU Healthcare, has resigned for personal and family reasons, after only 13 months on the job, notes the Lund Report. Earlier this week, OHSU announced the three finalists for president. 


The New York Times saw fit to put Oregon’s pension woes on the cover of its Sunday print edition.  A week earlier our own Kim Moore sat down with John Skjervem, the CIO of the Oregon Treasury Department and the man who is responsible for managing Oregon’s public employees retirement fund.

In their conversation, Skjervem didn't pull any punches, mixing complex financial analysis with frank talk about PERS and not-so-veiled barbs at the financial press and mutual fund sales tactics.


We have launched our 2018 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon list.  Register here.





The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Oregon wildlife officials shot and killed another two wolves Wednesday in an attempt to reduce cattle deaths. The action follows the killing of another wolf on April 10th.  


 Portland Design Week is in full swing. Caleb reports on a startup making design more accessible to people who are fat:  Read about AllGo, a "Yelp for fat people," here.  

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Linda Baker

Linda Baker is the former editor of Oregon Business

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