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Reduced demand: Tolling or restricting cars reduces traffic

November 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright We have urban traffic congestion because we heavily subsidize people driving in cities. Reducing subsidies and lowering road capacity reduces traffic and congestion. Why are we building highway capacity for users who won’t pay its costs at 90 percent discount? By now, we all know about “induced demand” the idea that when…

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Arcimoto Begins Retail Production and Delivery of Ultra-Efficient, Pure-Electric Fun Utility Vehicles

October 1, 2019

EUGENE, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arcimoto, Inc.® (NASDAQ: FUV) announced  that it has begun retail production of the Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV), an affordable, practical, and joyful pure-electric vehicle for everyday commuters and fleets, and is now delivering to customers in California, Oregon and Washington.  “The FUV represents a significant step toward a sustainable transportation future in which…

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A Bridge to the Future: Jordan Cove Project Benefits

August 2, 2019

Creation of 6,000+ good-paying construction jobs and ~8,500 spin-off jobs.  Building a safe, clean natural gas pipeline – with an export terminal in Coos County – the Jordan Cove Project will create more than 6,000 good-paying construction jobs at peak construction in addition to an estimated 8,500 jobs in sectors like hospitality, retail, tourism and…

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Lithia Motors Promotes Tina Miller to Chief Financial Officer

July 16, 2019

Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE: LAD) one of the nation’s largest providers of personal transportation solutions, announced today that Tina Miller has been promoted to Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer.”Tina’s finance and accounting leadership and her talented teams have been instrumental in us achieving sector leading growth while maintaining low leverage,” said Bryan DeBoer, President and…

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Port of Coos Bay Welcomes Jake Jacobs as Director of Infrastructure Support Services

July 10, 2019

Coos Bay, Ore. – The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is pleased to welcome Jake Jacobs to serve as the new Director of Infrastructure Support Services.   This position is new to the Port, and will entail oversight of procurement processes, contract management, grant management, and overseeing the Project Management Department.  Grants are a key…

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Aviation Board awards $1.5 M to support $3.2 M in commercial air service projects

July 1, 2019

By Mary Buell Grants of up to $500,000 were approved by the Oregon State Aviation Board for projects that will assist commercial air service to rural Oregon. On April 4, 2019, the Oregon State Aviation Board approved funding for three grants totaling $1.5 million to support $3.2 million in projects that will assist new or…

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Port Repairs and Rehabilitates 37 Timber Bridges Along the Coos Bay Rail Line

July 1, 2019

FIONA BAI The Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL) has concluded repair and rehabilitation work on 37 timber bridge structures along the CBRL. The rail line is owned and operated by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port). The Port contracted with Scott Partney Construction to complete work on the bridges. The last phase of…

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Flying Lessons: How stories from Aviation can make us better Managers

June 1, 2019

In this, the third installment of our six part series, we look at the role of Organization in business and examine, through the lens of lessons learned, an example of organization from the field of aviation and how it can improve enterprise performance. The picture of Boeing’s iconic 737 airliners above represents a culmination of…

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Let’s have an honest discussion about the Rose Quarter freeway widening project

May 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright Good decisions result only if state officials are transparent and honest City Observatory has been closely following the proposal to spend $500 million widening the I-5 freeway at the Rose Quarter in Portland. In the process, we and others have repeatedly uncovered instances of state agency officials misrepresenting facts, suppressing key data,…

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How to Update Your Employee Handbook

April 1, 2019

By Jenna Reed, Vice President General Counsel and Compliance Services Cascade Employers Association jreed@cascadeemployers.com If it’s been more than a year since you’ve given your employee handbook a thorough read, chances are it’s already out of date. I don’t know too many people that jump up and down about the prospect of updating their employee…

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Brookings-Harbor Area’s Economic Focus Shared by Leisure and Hospitality, and Health Care and Social Assistance

February 1, 2019

By: Annette Shelton-Tiderman Regional Economist: Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties Oregon Employment Department | 541-252-2047 Curry County is home to nearly 23,000 people, and the incorporated town of Brookings accounts for nearly 30 percent of the county’s population. However, Brookings’ economic activities are interwoven with those of the adjacent, unincorporated community of Harbor. Population figures…

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AOC Supports Forest Management of Rural Stability Act

February 1, 2019

Susan Morgan Rural communities where the federal government owns most of their land have been strapped into the front seat of a financial roller coaster. For more than 100 years, counties with public forest lands have received federal support, but faced the ups and downs of fluctuating and uncertain payments. Most recently, federal support has…

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