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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, ...


Rural Oregon's aging population: readers suggest tax reform, better infrastructure to spur economic growth:


Readers posted more than 200 comments on a story Thursday morning exploring rural Oregon's aging population and the challenges http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/oregons_fast-aging_rural_popul.html ...


Bend investors launch Cascade Angel Fund to boost Central Oregon entrepreneurship:


Entrepreneurs and investors in Bend are launching a new investment fund this week, working to boost startup activity in Central Oregon. The Cascade Angel Fund http://cascadeangels.com/ aims to back ...


Oregon lawmakers weigh $150 million incentive pool in wake of manufacturing Business Energy Tax Credits:


The $150 million reincarnation of Oregon's manufacturing BETC -- in talks for months and still in flux -- appeared for the first time in writing Thursday in the waning days of the legislative session. Details ...


Oregon lawmakers consider tripling film subsidy :


Oregon lawmakers floated a proposal Thursday to triple a subsidy the state pays to attract movie and TV productions. Legislation before a state House committee would increase that annual subsidy to ...


Business Oregon proposes overhaul of multi-million dollar tax credits that helped woo SoloPower, SolarWorld:


Oregon's economic development arm is angling for more freedom to extend millions of dollars in tax credits to manufacturers, even as the program's two highest-profile companies struggle to survive. The ...


Oregon startups racking up revenue, clients:




No takers for Pendleton's $100,000 development offer:


The city of Pendleton can't seem to give money away. For one year, the city's development commission has had a $100,000 offer on the table to a business, condominium developer or apartment complex ...


Portland Seed Fund announces fourth class of startups :


The Portland Seed Fund, a publicly backed startup investment fund, announced the 11 members of its fourth class this afternoon. This is the last class funded by the seed fund's original, $3 million ...


Business Oregon must release Strategic Investment Program job reports, DOJ rules:


The Oregon attorney general's office has ordered the state's economic development agency to release annual employment reports tied to the Strategic Investment Program, which saves companies tens of ...


Portland Development Commission contest offers $10,000 grants to startups:




Salesforce picked Portland -- but how well did Oregon play the incentives game?:


Imagine you're bidding on a house you really want and your real estate agent suggests there's another prospective buyer in the mix. Maybe you should up your offer by, say, $14,500? But maybe the ...


Intel makes a bet on the future, and Oregon, with massive Hillsboro expansion:


The end of the PC? Falling microprocessor sales? A global recession? Intel will have none of that talk. The chipmaker filed plans Wednesday to build a mammoth new factory in Hillsboro, committing ...

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