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Here Comes the Sun. Right? SolarWorld, a German company, is betting big on its solar cell operations in Hillsboro, Oregon

SolarWorld’s plant here, which makes enough cells to fit 1,700 solar panels a day, is the biggest of its kind in the United States.

Tech entrepreneurs defy recession

These aren’t the heads-down geeks of yore, but a hyper-social, mixed-gender crew shouting out to one another across Twitter, Facebook and a score of other online communities.

Portland State University president looks to a sustainable future

Wim Wiewel rode a bicycle to work on his first day as president of Portland State University. This week, he will celebrate his inauguration with a two-day conference on creating a healthy, green regional economy.

Oregon in running for Norwegian car plant – Think North America

A Norwegian company considering Oregon for electric-car manufacturing may be eyeing the Portland plant that built Freightliners as a site to employ 900 workers.

Portland area growth report estimates need for up to 300,000 more homes by 2030

The report provides the foundation for upcoming growth decisions, including whether to expand the current urban growth boundary. Metro, the regional government, will make that decision in 2011.

Downturn forces Pendleton, Oregon to ‘Cowboy up’

"There are a lot of businesses that see these particular economic downturns as opportunities to relocate," Bosen said. "Real estate is cheap, people are hungry for jobs, and cities and communities are willing to negotiate."

Oregon-based firms press for more state investment support

"When we’ve got money to invest and people and talent, we should invest in that here," said Harvey Mathews, president of the Software Association of Oregon, which is helping organize tonight’s gathering.

DesignMedix wins 2009 Angel Oregon

DesignMedix Inc. snared a $150,000 investment and WeoGeo won $80,000. Both are located in the Portland State Business Accelerator in Southwest Portland.

Wind energy training program planned in Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver could become a wind energy training hub, eventually graduating 500 technicians from the newly created Northwest Renewable Energy Institute, under plans a local education entrepreneur announced Wednesday.

Micro loans on rise in Portland area

"The world has changed, banks are tightening down and micro loans are becoming a real option for people," said Mark Green, a principal with the Family Business Consulting Group in Salem. "People need money and will do what they have to get it."