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Why This Oregon Town Could Be the Next Napa:


Writing about my hometown might offer a skewed perspective: the places I recommend are brighter in my mind because they were the settings for teenage first dates and declarations of independence. But ...


Average Oregon renter can no longer afford a typical one-bedroom apartment, report finds:


The numbers from the National Low Income Housing Coalition's "Out of Reach" report show the escalating impact of rising housing costs across the state. According to the report, a renter would have ...


Data center plans huge 92-acre project in Hillsboro, Oregon:




On the Water, and Off, the Rogue River in Oregon Charms:




Oregon lawmakers move quickly to vote on Kate Brown's business tax cut:


Gov. Kate Brown's small-business tax cut is on track for floor votes in Oregon's House and Senate on Monday afternoon, which would allow the Legislature to wrap up the special session in a single ...


Oregon's tech industry appears to have plateaued:


Job and wage growth in Oregon's tech sector has slowed considerably, and the industry's share of the state's employment market is shrinking, according to new research from Josh Lehner, an Oregon ...


5 things we learned about Nike's toxic work culture this weekend:


This weekend, the New York Times published an in-depth story on the toxic work culture at Nike. Over the last few weeks, a trickle of male executives have quietly left the athletic apparel giant in ...


Nike's 'bro culture' collides with #MeToo movement:




Laser manufacturer nLight closes in on IPO:


Clark County laser manufacturer nLight Corp. expects to be valued at close to a half-billion dollars following its initial public offering. The company issued its "red herring" Monday morning with ...


Oregon State spinoff raises $8 million for robots that walk and run like people:


A robotics company that grew out of research at Oregon State University said Thursday it has raised $8 million to advance its work. Agility Robotics develops machines that walk and run like ...


Portland, Oregon Is the Next Big Startup Scene. These Are the Names and Places to Know:


Portland, Oregon has become one of America's hottest destinations for entrepreneurs--thanks in part to its vibrant startup scene. Here's a guide for navigating who to know and what to see in the highly ...


Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black picks Oregon for West Coast hub:


Online security company Carbon Black now has a research outpost in Hillsboro. The Massachusetts company said Tuesday that it has 20 people at its new Oregon office with the capacity to double ...


Oregon's science superstars: A look at a few of the state's top research minds:


Oregon is home to a number of elite scientists who have made advances in cancer treatment, oceanography, climate change, chemistry, biology and physics. This is not a comprehensive list of the state's ...


Columbia Ventures leads $17 million investment in Vancouver augmented reality startup:


The money for RealWear's https://www.realwear.com/ big investment round came from just up the road. The Vancouver-based augmented reality company disclosed a $17 million investment round two ...


Portland's economy is getting much better, but poll finds voters feel worse:


These are some of the best times on record for Portland's economy. Yet voters in the region feel worse about their community than they have in years. Homelessness, income inequality ...


Fleet, 22-year-old Portlander's startup, raises another $10 million:


At 14, an age when other kids want video games and gadgets, Max Lock wanted a job. "My birthday just came around and I told my parents, I want to get my working paper," Lock recalls. He was ...


Portland startup NurseGrid raises $5.7 million:


A Portland startup called NurseGrid http://nursegrid.com said Thursday it has raised $5.7 million to improve its technology and add staff. NurseGrid offers online tools to help hospitals and ...


Oregon increasingly reliant on newcomers for population growth:


The last time Oregon saw more people leaving than moving into the state was the 1980s, during a decline in the timber industry. "People actually packed up and left," said Josh Lehner, economist with ...


Facebook will spend 'hundreds of millions' on two more Prineville data centers:


Facebook is growing again in Prineville. The social networking company said Tuesday it will build two more massive data centers on its Prineville campus, where it has already spent more than ...


Oregon launches automatic retirement savings for private workers whose employers lack a plan :


Some employees and economists like it, and some employers don't: Oregon is leading the way among states that are prodding private sector workers to automatically save for retirement through payroll deductions. By ...


Portland should work harder to support small business: Guest opinion:


As small business owners, we love Portland. This is a city where neighborhoods are defined by their local business districts brimming with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and brew pubs. Locally-owned ...


Dirty Deals: Roadmap to a tax credit bribery case (Watchdog Report Part 2 of 2):


In June of 2012, Stephan Lashbrook, the new director of Wilsonville's transit program, was delighted and more than a little surprised at his half-million-dollar-plus workplace coup. The congratulatory ...


Dirty Deals: How Oregon let its clean energy program enrich rule breakers (Watchdog Report Part 1 of 2) :


A Seattle-based energy consultant and the state employee he's accused of bribing became the public faces of corruption charges at the Department of Energy after their arrests last summer. But ...


Google will expand Portland office by 40 percent:


Google is adding to its downtown Portland engineering office, adding 8,000 square feet to the 18,000 square feet it currently occupies. The tech giant has had a Portland presence since 2010, ...


Forbes ranks Portland 'Best Places for Business and Careers' in the country:


Look around. Are you in Portland? Are you in the bathroom or at a meeting or on a conference call, reading this article from a computer or device while technically "at work"? If so, you could ...


My 20-mile walk around Portland:




Federal panel recommends rejecting Lattice Semiconductor's sale to Chinese investors:


e President Donald Trump should reject or suspend Lattice Semiconductor's pending, $1.3 billion sale to a China-backed investment firm, a federal panel has concluded, dealing the longshot deal a potentially ...


Rush 'hour' is now 6 hours long: Portland's 9 worst highway bottlenecks:


It's not your imagination: Highway congestion and delays in the Portland area have worsened precipitously in recent years, the Oregon Department of Transportation says. The evening "rush hour" commute ...


Portland developers try to ease homeless crisis that they helped create:


Developer Tom Cody lost all the ground-floor retail tenants of his building on the Northwest Park Blocks and he thinks he knows why. Customers avoided the tents, tarps and backpacks that filled ...


Oregon lawmakers plan to boost revenue by killing solar, e-commerce and wolf tax breaks:


Oregon lawmakers are on track to scale back or eliminate several popular tax breaks this year, a decision that could boost state revenue by more than $100 million in future budgets. Tax credits ...

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