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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.

Greenlight Greater Portland – Study identifies the Portland-area industries to retain and the ones to recruit.

The analysis is taking a more detailed look at occupations. This step is important, because regions are competing increasingly on the "basket of skills" they produce.

Oregon Investment Fund beefs up local investments

Once the new fund is completed, the overall $108 million worth of investments will mark about a 25 percent increase from the end of 2006.

Creating Jobs Creates Sustainable Cities

Portland city officials are warming up to the idea that jobs are key to sustainable cities, and have proposed a plan to try to lure sustainable businesses to the city.

For startups, Portland area getting better. More programs are offering funds, advice to help new companies get off the ground

"We have a lot of potential, but without some successes we are just not going to attract venture capital money."

A new Oregon incubator called the Center of Excellence helps apparel, footwear startups

The Oregon Employment Department has estimated that the size of what it calls the apparel and sporting goods cluster will grow almost 13 percent to 21,500 jobs statewide by 2012.

Oregon treasury invests $3 million in angel fund

The Oregon Angel Fund is a new venture designed to educate novice angel investors while placing much-needed seed funding in the bank accounts of local startups.

Oregon Solutions – Solving community problems in a new way..

“I believe that to meet the challenges we face today it is essential to engage businesses, government, non-profit organizations and citizens in collective action. Oregon Solutions creates the place to come together and provides the means to reach community agreements that connect Oregonians in solving these challenges, in communities across the state.”
– Theodore R. Kulongoski
Governor, State of Oregon
Chair, Oregon Solutions Network

Germany-based SolarWorld Group Selects Oregon for Nation’s Largest Solar Production Facility

A region that attracts highly skilled technology workers located within a state that rewards companies that adopt environmental initiatives, were two of the primary reasons Germany-based SolarWorld Group selected Hillsboro, Ore., as the location for its newest manufacturing plant.

County is better risk to venture capitalists. New businesses – Portland and Multnomah County officials repeal taxes to try to attract more venture funds

Robert Ward, managing director of Capybara Ventures, said the tax has driven several venture capital firms to move from the county to Beaverton or other nearby cities. "It’s a huge deal," said Ward, whose fund is rare in being based in Portland. Ward said he’s spoken with at least one firm that is considering moving back to Portland with the tax change, though he declined to say which one.