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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Some Oregon businesses could be hit with more taxes under an initiative that will be on the November general election ballot. A state analysis of the initiative found that it could raise about $6 billion for state budgets, but might 'dampen' employment and growth around the state.
May 23, 2016

State business tax plan would raise billions, but could 'dampen' employment, growth

by Paris Achen
SALEM — A proposed tax on the sales of large businesses would generate more than $6 billion in biennial state revenue starting in 2017-19, but it also would slow income, employment and population growth during the next five years, according to a…
May 20, 2016

Ex-convicts to get better shot at jobs in Portland

by Steve Law
Starting in July, ex-convicts should have a better shot at landing jobs in Portland, when a city “ban the box” ordinance takes effect. Under the ordinance passed last December by Portland City Council, the city and private employers will be barred…
COURTESY PORTLAND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION - The Pop-Up Portland export event organized by the Portland Development Commision is being held May 19-21 2016 on this Kengo Kuma-designed event space barge in Tokyo.
May 20, 2016

Japan can't get enough PDX

by Joseph Gallivan
PDC sends hip Oregon companies to Tokyo to push the brand. The Portland Development Commission has headed off to Japan on a repeat trade mission to big-up Portland companies. Staffers Mitsu Yamazaki and Sucheta Bal, plus representatives of a half…
BEAM - 811 Stark, a current project by Beam Development, is a mixed-use creative office with 24,000 square feet of office space above 2,600 square feet of retail.
May 20, 2016

NO VACANCY

by Jules Rogers
Studies show industrial vacancy rates at an all-time low; demand at record high. Industrial space vacancy rates reached an all-time low of 3.6 percent in 2016 Q1, while demand for it soared to a record of 11 percent higher in March than any previous…
COURTESY ANKROM MOISAN ARCHITECTS - Block8L is a mixed use project on the site of an old parking lot in Old Town. Tenants include the University of Oregon's Graduate programs such as the Executive MBA, and some affordable housing. Ankrom Moisan Architects will make it their home.
May 19, 2016

Downtown building boom reshapes Portland's skyline

by Joseph Gallivan
It’s official: downtown Portland is in a building boom. The Portland business Alliance in early May put out a list of buildings being built or soon to be built. The Central City Development and Redevelopment Projects list was prepared by Heritage…
COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND - Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland will lose more container traffic May 21 when Westwood makes the last of its monthly calls, citing economic reasons for quitting.
May 18, 2016

Westwood Shipping departs T6

by Joseph Gallivan
Agricultural products will find another path to Japan. Another container shipper is deserting the Port of Portland. Westwood Shipping announced to customers their last call to Portland will be May 21. In a letter to customers the Puyallup-based…
SUBMITTED: BORA - The proposed terraces on Block 20 are the largest outdoor rooms in the Pearl District.
May 18, 2016

Bora goes balcony ballistic

by Jules Rogers
Architects call terraces 'outdoor rooms' Out of all the buildings Bora Architects has designed for Hoyt Street Properties and the others Hoyt has developed, Block 20 has the most exterior square foot per unit of them all. That is, in the design…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland State University spokesman Scott Gallagher discussing plans to redevelop a four-acre parcel of property after a tax court ruling cleared the way for it in 2005. Gallagher announced he is leaving public service for Gard Communications May 18.
May 18, 2016

PSU spokesman Scott Gallagher leaving for private sector

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Portland State University's Director of Communications position will be temporarily vacant after Scott Gallagher's May 18 announcement that he will soon be working as Director of Public Relations at Gard Communications. Gallagher worked for the…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Head-up guidance system technology sees vital information about an aircraft projected in real time on a transparent screen placed before a pilot's cockpit window. The technology is especially beneficial during takeoff and landing and when weather conditions are poor.
May 17, 2016

Congressional bill would benefit Wilsonville business

by Jake Bartman
It may seem like little more than an afterthought: an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorization bill that would require within one year a completed review of head-up guidance systems (HGS), which allow pilots to see…
COURTESY: UBER - Who's tracking whom? Uber launched Trip Tracker  in Portland Wednesday May 18 so keepers of the Family Profile can send an Uber car for poeple on their Familiy Profile and track the progress of the ride from beginning to end.
May 17, 2016

Tracking...

by Joseph Gallivan
Uber launches TripTracker for Family Profiles in Portland School pick up has never been so easy. Suburban parents have mastered the art of sending an Uber car to pick up their kids from school or after school activities. The feature is called Family…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Gordons Fireplaces general manager Darlene Campbell talks about the closing of the store.
May 17, 2016

Fire(place) sale

by Joseph Gallivan
Everything must for at Gordon's Fireplace Shop & Home Furnishings. Gordon’s Fireplace Shop is closing down. You can’t really miss the signs from Interstate 84 or Northeast Broadway. The red and white window banners have been attracting a lot of new…
SUBMITTED: ROBERT THOMPSON - A rendering from TVA Architects shows the proposal for Spokane 13 in Sellwood, which has plans for a commercial ground floor.
May 16, 2016

What's special about nothing special

by Jules Rogers
Another new mixed-use development is going up in the Sellwood neighborhood: Spokane 13, a four-story, 30-unit residential building with two commercial spaces for lease on the ground floor. Overall, it’s a vanilla design — no parking, LEED…

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Head-up guidance system technology sees vital information about an aircraft projected in real time on a transparent screen placed before a pilot's cockpit window. The technology is especially beneficial during takeoff and landing and when weather conditions are poor.
May 16, 2016

Congressional bill would benefit Wilsonville business

by Jake Bartman
Futuristic technology makes flying safer It may seem like little more than an afterthought: an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorization bill that would require within…
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May 15, 2016

Google makes its pitch to build a Lake Oswego fiber network

by Anthony Macuk
Google really wants to bring its fiber broadband internet service to Lake Oswego, but City staff and councilors say they still have a number of questions about what the potential gigabit network…
JULIA ANDERSON
May 15, 2016

Is organic food worth the higher price? Experts say, "No."

by Julia Anderson
If you are a dedicated organic-only food shopper no matter what the cost this column is not for you. But if you wonder about getting your money’s worth in terms of healthier food as a reasonable…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Olivia Fowlkes, 10, holds a torch used in roofing and weatherproofing, with the supervision of Joel Gonzalez, right, during a Women in Trades Career Fair held in Portland on Saturday. To her right, Autumn VanGorkum, 9, waits for her turn.
May 14, 2016

Climbing the ladder

by Courtney Vaughn
Women in Trades Career Fair offers exploration of skilled trades Five years ago, Anjanet Banuelos and her three children were living in her mother's home. Banuelos was a struggling single mother…
KOCH BUSINESS CENTER
May 14, 2016

FUTURE PROJECT

by Betty Oden
Koch Corporate Center Koch Corporate Center is located in Tualatin at the intersection of Southwest 115th Avenue and Southwest Tualatin-Sherwood Highway, 20 minutes to downtown Portland. With…
JON HOUSE - TriMet is a national model for its inclusive workforce and contracting practices. From left to right: TriMet engineers Stacy Bluhm, Teresa Boyle and Leah Robins chat with TriMet workers testing a train along the new Orange Line.
May 14, 2016

A national model for diverse contracting

by Jules Rogers
TriMet builds light rails in neigborhoods with the people who live there Two disadvantaged contracting firms just landed their first lead contracting gigs, a huge step forward from…
JOSEPH GALLIVAN
May 13, 2016

Life's a batch, for coffee nerds

by Joseph Gallivan
RoasterTools web software makes microroasting less complicated. Jon Ewalt got that bug. He and his wife wanted to start an organic café. They’d travelled in Europe and encountered the farm to…
REVIEW PHOTO - April 24, 2016: Two tower cranes dominate the Wizer Block construction site in this photo looking southeast from the corner of Second Street and A Avenue.
May 12, 2016

Transforming the Wizer Block

by (none)
Delivering, prepping, decking, forming and pouring are the key words this week as work continues on the Wizer Block in downtown Lake Oswego. Two 171-foot-tall tower cranes are now in place, and…
PMG FILE PHOTO - Columbia Helicopters CEO Jim Rankin and Board Chairman Stan Wilson.
May 12, 2016

Columbia Helicopter awarded $13 million U.S. Forest Service…

by Daniel Pearson
Aurora-based Columbia Helicopters announced it signed a $13,083,000 contract with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to provide five aircraft, with more available as needed, to assist in battling…
JULES ROGERS - Holly King, estimator with Andersen Construction, looks to meet potential subcontractors.
May 11, 2016

A trade show for diversity

by Jules Rogers
Networking trade show connects diverse subcontractors and contractors on Portland's projects “Equity is not the icing on the cake, but included in the flour from the beginning,” Gov. Kate Brown…
COURTESY: MATTERPORT - A sample Matterport rendering of a Vacasa-managed rental home. Browsers can zoom in, opening doors and studying details of every room for which a door is allowed to be opened.
May 13, 2016

VACASA GOES 3-D

by Joseph Gallivan
Teams with Matterport to photograph interiors immersively. Vacation rentals management company Vacasa has been spending its recent round of financing. The latest announcement is it has partnered…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Marriott general manager Tim Pyne shows off the log slice details in a standard room which rents for around $300 a night in summer.
May 10, 2016

M IS FOR MAKEOVER

by Joseph Gallivan
Waterfront Marriott targets millennials with remodel. Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is waking up from its slumber. The hotel, known for its easy-to-miss curved driveway coming off busy…


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