Archive for August 2019

Apollo 50: New Perspectives

Small Steps to a Giant Leap at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum’ By Dan Ruby, Executive Director I was born the year that the twin Voyager spacecraft began their audacious journey to the cosmos, so I missed the world-gripping excitement of Apollo. I grew up with the Shuttle program throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, and early-aughts, so my…

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Oregon’s New Gross Receipts Tax What It Means to Oregon Businesses

By Greg Henderson August 27, 2019 On May 16, 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427 into law. The legislation accomplishes the following: Establishes a “Fund for Student Success” that is separate and distinct from the state’s general fund. Adopts a new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) imposed on all types of business entities. Every…

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Gearing up to explore and celebrate the Silicon Shire

By Matt Sayre You might be surprised to learn that the city that hosts the largest open house of tech companies in Oregon isn’t Portland. No, that title currently belongs to Portland’s cooler little brother, Eugene. (Little sister?) Every year since 2016, dozens of tech companies have joined together in downtown Eugene and collectively opened…

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Oregon’s Nonprofits in 2018

August 13, 2019  By Dallas Fridley A not-for-profit corporation, commonly referred to as a “nonprofit,” is organized to achieve a purpose other than to generate a profit. These entities qualify for federal tax exempt status and must reinvest any surplus revenues into efforts that further the mission of the organization. They are prohibited from passing…

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When did you last “retro”​ your retrospective?

By Adam Cuppy Retrospectives are one of the many powerful tools to review and improve your team’s approach to solving problems. For many project teams, they do a retrospective at the end of every 1–2 weeks. If you’re already in the habit of running a retro every week or two — Great! Keep it up!…

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Seasonal Losses in Local Government Education Reduce Total Employment

By Guy Tauer, Regional Economist Guy.R.Tauer@oregon.gov  Total payroll employment fell by 1,930 jobs in July, mostly due to a typical seasonal loss of 2,040 jobs in local government education. Employment changes in most other published industries were modest. Professional and business services added 80 jobs in July. The goods-producing industries construction and manufacturing gained 70…

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Marketing without measurement in a world of malignant complexity

The economists are confused! By Mark Schaefer  While reporting on the robust economy in America, The New York Times noted that the current combination of low unemployment and low inflation seems impossible. Economists believed you could never have a low unemployment rate (3.7 percent) without also seeing the rate of job creation slowing (where are…

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Everything you think you know about gentrification is wrong

By Joe Cortright  Facts are stubborn things: And they don’t support the folk wisdom equating gentrification with displacement. There’s a palpable and growing amount of cognitive dissonance between the accepted conventional wisdom about the intrinsically evil nature of gentrification, and a body of careful detailed research that shows that its either not bad, or actually…

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Core Values Define Your Brand

Inspire, drive, and define your brand  by Vonnie Mikkelsen While a clearly articulated Strategic Plan aligned with our organization’s Mission and Vision are key to stewarding the resources of our members and delivering on expectations of our community partners, our Values are our true north reminder of who we are, our collective and individual expectations. …

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Refuge and Prospect: The Front Porch

Yesterday and today, we are celebrating the past, present and future of the surprisingly powerful front porch.  by Beth Ann Fennelly My approaching birthday has me taking stock, as approaching birthdays do. This year isn’t a milestone — I’m merely being ushered into my (write it!) late 40s. But I’m passing another sort of milestone.…

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The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference is coming to Ashland – Oct. 24-25

The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications. In its twenty-fourth year, the conference will be exploring Smart Communities: strategies, applications, enabling technologies and Oregon initiatives. Oregon Connections is a grass roots conference first held in Bend and hosted by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental…

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