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Trade Wars Heat Up with New Assault on Mexico

June 1, 2019

One way or another, President Trump is going to drag the Fed into his trade wars. Tonight Trump announced via Twitter that imports from Mexico would face a 5% beginning June 10. The tariff could rise as high as 25% unless Mexico acts to stem the flow of refugees from…

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Are Rural Communities Being Ignored?

June 1, 2019

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…

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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…

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Exit, Hope and Loyalty: The fate of neighborhoods

June 1, 2019

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…

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How to be an effective marketing leader in a world of chaos

June 1, 2019

The effective marketing leader of today has to thrive in an environment of barely controlled chaos. If you’re more or less doing things the way you did them three or five years ago, you’re behind. If you’re just getting into social media marketing or content marketing, you’re behind. There has…

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A Curve Ball In May

June 1, 2019

Our Investment Views, Weekly Market Makers By: Shawn Narancich, CFA Executive Vice President of Research Held Hostage by Trade As first quarter reporting season draws to another constructive close, investors’ attention was ripped away from the earnings scorecard and refocused almost exclusively on trade. Today’s imposition of additional tariffs on…

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Time to Stop Building Disposable Places

June 1, 2019

by Daniel Herriges You hear it so often it sounds like a cliché: “Our ancestors used to build things to last. Now we build them to be thrown away.” Sometimes, this sentiment is a cliché or an oversimplification: when it comes to homes, for example, our ancestors built plenty of…

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FLORENCE VOTED #2 BEST HARBOR IN US

May 1, 2019

USHarbors.com has tallied the votes from across the country and from among their 4 million users. Florence was voted #2 Best Harbor of 2019 in the US, overtaking Lubec, Maine, in the final week of voting. Padanaram/South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was voted #1. The Best Harbor contest kicked off in January…

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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…

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Brews, Brains, and Lumber: Occupations Clustered in Lane County

May 1, 2019

by Henry Fields Sometimes to understand an economy you need to look at the things that make a place unique. Location quotients (LQ) are a tool that help analysts do just that. LQs compare local employment in one industry or occupation with the nation as a whole. It’s basically like…

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Could Your Plant Benefit from a FREE Energy Assessment?

May 1, 2019

By: Energy Trust Looking for new ways to trim energy operating costs and increase the bottom line in your facility? Whether you’ve already made energy improvements or are just getting started, an energy assessment can help you determine the largest savings and decide where to focus. Available at no cost…

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Your Zoning Code Is Inherently Exclusionary (But It Doesn’t Have To Be)

May 1, 2019

by Nolan Gray Since bursting onto the scene in the 1970s, the concept of “exclusion” now figures heavily in the way urban planners do their work. Now more than ever, urban planners are aware of how certain land-use regulations and forms of public process can systematically exclude certain groups of…

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