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Rural Oregon joins push for faster internet:


While hiking or camping in Eastern Oregon, the lack of internet access can be a welcome respite from the bustle of every day. But for those who live here, it's a real problem -- one local leaders are ...


The Portland Innovation Quadrant:


The Portland Innovation Quadrant (https://www.portlandiq.org/) represents an emerging innovation-focused district and community committed to propelling Portland to global prominence at the intersection ...


Virtual Incubation Program looks to help rural entrepreneurs :


Rural entrepreneurs with a promising business idea could win $1000 at the conclusion of an eight week Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) beginning Thursday offered by the Oregon Technology Business Center ...


Oregon's education models must reflect industry and student needs:


It is time for a shift in how we think about both secondary and higher education in Oregon. As Gov. Kate Brown emphasized in her recent State of the State address, it is vital that we pivot our focus ...


Is Oregon great? Science projects aim to put the state's universities on the map:


No public or private university in Oregon can claim membership to academia's most exclusive club, those giants of scientific research that spin off entire industries and propel their local economies. No ...


Portland State woos low-income transfers with Oregon Promise-like 'free' program:


Portland State University is already a destination for transfer students, but the urban access campus wants to extend the welcome mat even further. On Wednesday, the school announced a new scholarship ...


Through boom or bust, Oregon small town rides theme to maintain identity:


The drive from Portland to Bend weaves through a few towns offering a chance to pause for food and gas on your way to somewhere else. Sisters is a good place to stop. Arriving in the small town is ...


Portland forges new program for affordable commercial space - Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program:


Prosper Portland has created the Affordable Commercial Tenanting Program to address a recent dramatic increase in retail rents and decrease in vacancy rates in the city of Portland, which have resulted ...


The 'last best place in Oregon without a brewery' wants to change that situation :




Portland's tech community grows more diverse, slowly:


Portland's tech scene grew modestly more diverse last year, according to a city-funded study out Thursday, but there are signs the industry is looking beyond its historically narrow pool of job candidates ...


Oregon tech leaders voice support for corporate tax plan:


"If we want to move people from Chicago, New York and the Bay, we have to have the complete package here," Ellis said. "If we can get schools back to being reasonable, that's a big help." Leaders ...


Oregon leaders ask state to invest $100 million for research complex:


The Eugene mayor and a Lane County commissioner are urging state lawmakers to approve $100 million in immediate financing to a proposed University of Oregon scientific research facility. The Register-Guard ...


Report on questionable tax credits names cross-section of Oregon companies:


Some of the biggest names in Oregon's renewable energy and forest products industries landed on a list of suspicious state giveaways during an investigative audit of Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit ...


Oregon nearing 'full employment,' must settle for slower growth, PSU study finds:


Oregon's rebound from the Great Recession has nearly run its course, according to a regional forecast out this week from the Northwest Economic Research Center at Portland State University. The researchers ...


Portland Development Commission provides money, mentoring to help minority entrepreneurs succeed:


Two years ago, leaders at Portland's urban renewal agency made a confession. In half a century of public investment, leaders at the Portland Development Commission had "contributed to the destructive ...


A Portland Project Keeps It Funky, With Design and Funding:




Bend company gives Oregon State $250,000 to develop outdoor products degree program:


Oregon State said Monday it received $250,000 from Bend company Hydro Flask to help develop a new outdoor products degree program at the university's growing Central Oregon campus. By Andrew Theen ...


The Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve a new Comprehensive Plan.:




Portland Fund Fuels Minority and Women Entrepreneurs :


Often referred to as the "Whitest City in America," Portland, Oregon, has made concerted efforts in recent years to support its burgeoning minority entrepreneurial class. Last August, the Portland Development ...


Mayor Charlie Hales at Design Week Portland party: 'Portland attracts creatives':


"Who we are as a city is very much wrapped up in the creativity and innovation that you see and feel in this room," he said. He then joked that he thinks he understands what a "branding experience" ...


Real Economy: Tourism a big driver of Oregon economy:


At the USA TODAY Wells Fargo Real Economy forum, John Tapogna, President of Econorthwest, and Oregon State Senator Jeff Merkley talk about the drivers of Oregon's economy and what the Beaver State can ...


Oregon Is Not Just Portland: Planning a Sustainable Economy in Peripheral Areas of the American West :


My article, "The Oregon Way: Planning a sustainable economy in the American West," began from observations made while walking my dog. Having recently moved to Oregon, I was excited by the prospect of ...


Oregon Launches Pilot Program to Improve Economic Development Collaboration Between Regions:


The state of Oregon and four of Oregon's largest private economic development organizations have signed a landmark agreement to improve business development coordination and align efforts to grow Oregon's ...


Greater Portland Inc - Website ReLaunch:


Dear friend, Greater Portland Inc is excited to announce the relaunch of our website. In an effort to improve regional competitiveness, GPI has made many tactical updates to the site. Armed with the ...


Gov. Kate Brown's signature could trigger data center boom in rural Oregon:


A package of tax breaks for tech companies passed the Oregon Legislature last week and could become law any day with the signature of Gov. Kate Brown, ending years of legal disputes and corporate anxiety ...


Buzzword alert: Oregon's 'innovation economy' is officially here:


Digital technologies are rapidly transforming every sector of our society. For Oregon to thrive and succeed in this competitive, global, ever-changing environment, we must lay the groundwork for a deep-rooted ...


Oregon will appoint 'entrepreneurship and innovation czar,' shift away from out-of-state recruitment:


Sean Robbins, the new head of Oregon's economic-development agency, said Friday that he plans to remake the state's business strategy. He said the state will shift from a focus on out-of-state business ...


Oregon Tech Leaders Seek $2.5 Million for 'Center for Cyber Excellence':


The project aims to create a pipeline of skilled workers from Oregon universities to go to work in cyber security, support research in the field and build cyber awareness at businesses. by Mike Rogoway Full ...


Google Fiber franchise wins approval from Portland City Council -- Here's what's next:


Portland commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Google Fiber's franchise agreement with the city, the biggest milestone to date in the company's plan to bring hyperfast Internet service ...


Gov. Kitzhaber, at Oregon Leadership Summit, says wages are flatlining, eroding middle class:


Hours after announcing his re-election bid Monday, Gov. John Kitzhaber reflected on Oregon's economic recovery since he took office, saying the state today is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. Kizhaber, ...

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