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Portland’s Climate Fail: More Driving

By Joe Cortright  Carbon emissions from transportation in Portland increased 6 percent last year In the one are where city policy can make the most difference, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing Portland has long prided itself in being one of the first cities in the US to adopt a legislated goal of reducing its greenhouse…

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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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Grain Management to Acquire Fiber Connectivity Provider, Hunter Communications

MEDFORD, OR — Grain Management, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm focused on the global communications sector, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Hunter Communications. As owner and operator of one of the largest private fiber optic networks in Oregon, Hunter provides high bandwidth data and voice service to businesses and homes throughout…

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Are Rural Communities Being Ignored?

By: Apollo Fuhriman, Region 10 AdvocateIn April, I met with county council members from Union and Wallowa Counties in Northeast Oregon. These elected officials described several significant long-term issues arising from federally owned lands. Approximately half of the land in these counties is controlled by the federal government, so timely implementation of federal regulations is…

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Exit, Hope and Loyalty: The fate of neighborhoods

By Joe Cortright How neighborhood stability hinges on expectations: If people don’t believe things are going to get better, many will leave One of the most perplexing urban problems is neighborhood decline. Once healthy, middle-class or working class-places seem to gradually (and then abruptly) fall from grace. As we documented in our report Lost in…

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Oregon Construction – A Few Words

A recent report said there are over 5,000 construction jobs available in Oregon today. It would appear that anyone meeting qualifications to work in the construction industry can find work. And yet many rural communities struggle to keep the infrastructure operating or young adults from moving to the bigger cities. Simultaneous changes in education, employment,…

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The Emerging Digital Town Square

By: Matt Sayre reprinted by permission Picture the small villages and towns of early America. The farmers are selling produce and smoked meat in the market square, while the cobbler and sheriff barter four deerskins for a pound of wheat. The local physician atop his soapbox announces the latest ailments and their remedies, and ways…

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Does Your City Have Shiny New Toy Syndrome?

by Daniel Herriges Everybody, at some point, has known (or maybe even been) that kid who just has too many toys. The one who gets showered with new stuff on every special occasion from birthday to Christmas to 100-on-the-spelling-test. And everybody knows the sad, lonely fate of all the older-but-still-fairly-new toys that kid got last…

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Which Countries Have the Most Pavement Per Person?

by Daniel Herriges (Photos: Wikimedia Commons) One number can’t begin to capture the complexity of the differences between urban places—what we build, how we build it, what it looks like, and what it’s going to take to maintain it. But sometimes, one number can cut through all the details and illuminate a fundamental truth about…

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