Monthly Archives: January 2011

When Utilities Can Earn on Efficiency, Everybody Wins

By |January 27th, 2011|

The Oregon Business Plan call for creating mechanisms that allow utilities to earn a return on capital for investments in energy efficiency. Doing is good for consumers, the environment, and utility shareholders.

Portland Regional Leaders Outline Next Steps to Spark Job and Income Growth

By |January 27th, 2011|

Over 140 private and public sector leaders attended a regional jobs summit put on by the Portland Business Alliance last Friday.  The meeting was a follow on to theOregon Business Plan Summit and the Economic Study released by PBA in December.  That study documented a trend of declining incomes and poor job growth compared to […]

What Can Portland and Detroit Learn From Each Other?

By |January 27th, 2011|

Last fall a delegation of leaders from the Portland region visited Detroit on a Green Light Greater Portland “Best Practices” Trip.  Check out the final report from the triphere.

EPA Offers Temporary Reprieve on Biomass Rules

By |January 26th, 2011|

The use of biomass will be exempt from the Obama administration’s new greenhouse gas regulations for three years, U.S. EPA announced last week, giving the agency more time to address concerns that permitting requirements could chill investment in an emerging form of renewable energy.

The decision responds to criticism from the biomass industry, which has claimed […]

Oregon Launches Career Readiness Certificate

By |January 26th, 2011|

Yesterday the Governor, business leaders, educators and workers publicly launched a new initiative to help Oregon achieve its workforce development goals. TheNational Career Readiness Certificate helps employees gain a competitive edge by demonstrating the skills employers need. It also helps employers hire, train and retain qualified workers. Moving the NCRC forward is a key initiative […]

Interesting Debate About Land Use in Bend

By |January 20th, 2011|

The OBP calls for preventing conversions of industrial lands to other uses.  Bend is going through a struggle over this issue right now, as reported on Oregon Public Broadcasting.   Read more.

Business Plan Recommendations Make Kitzhaber’s Short List

By |January 18th, 2011|

After meeting with his volunteer transition teams and the Oregon Business Plan Steering Committee, Governor John Kitzhaber announced seven job creation opportunities to begin working on immediately.  Watch the video of the press conference, courtesy of the Salem Statesman Journal.

In his speech at the December 13, 2010 Oregon Leadership Summit, then Governor-elect Kitzhaber announced that he would like to […]