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First Oregon Rural Congress Does More Than Gripe

The ORC began in frustration. Rural Oregonians have long felt what some term the "tyranny of the majority" in a geographically large state that has a majority of its population packed into just three counties. More recently, rural Oregon have had concrete reasons to feel, well, dissed.

Venture capital is blowing through the Columbia Gorge – Angels and VC’s increasing their activity

The first Gorge Angel Conference on Sept. 23 will showcase local startups competing for $100,000 in seed money.

Finding Why Some Rural Places Remain Poor – Part of the cause, or just the result of poverty?

What does it take for a rural place to be economically vibrant?

Tax Incentive Program Funds Six Oregon State Research Projects

"Some amazingly innovative work is coming out of Oregon State, and this venture funding, provided by the citizens of Oregon, will help translate new knowledge into viable business ventures," said John Cassady, OSU vice president for research. "This is just the beginning. As more people give to the venture fund, additional awards can be made, spurring more innovations like these."

Seattle venture capital firm puts money on Oregon. Voyager Capital plans to invest in at least two state companies a year

"We think there is a real gap in the marketplace, here in Portland and in Oregon in general."

Governor wants to boost Oregon’s economy with eco-friendly jobs

"There’s a tremendous opportunity in this region for green technology."

Scandinavia: Vision of Portland’s future? Portland ambassadors find transportation and sustainability inspiration while on a weeklong tour

“This whole trip was leaning more toward policy development than just meeting with businesses,” Mangan said, adding that Scandinavia can be viewed as a template for what the city aspires to be.

Oregon sets new high school diploma requirements

Beginning with the class of 2012, students must meet state standards in reading, math, writing and speech to graduate

Blueprint for Oregon’s Future

Called ”Envision Oregon,” these forums challenged more than 2,200 participants from over 140 towns and places in Oregon to describe their vision for Oregon’s future, and to help create strategies for making that vision a reality. They also formed the foundation for Blueprint for Oregon’s Future.

Portland Ambassadors host business leaders on a "best practices" trip to Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

The Portland Ambassadors’ first European Best Practices visit is the latest in a series of trips to top-rated, forward-thinking cities.