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COURTESY TRAVEL OREGON, BILLIE MOSER - On April 24, sixty three tour operators from China attended the Active America China conference which was held this year in Portland. Travel Portland and Travel Oregon pulled out all the stops to welcome them. Here they meet the Oregon Zoo's rescue birds of prey at a Mount Hood National Forest-themed selfie station. Note the green umbrella stand filled with selfie sticks.
April 27, 2017

The Chinese are coming - on vacation

by Joseph Gallivan
Tour operators flock to Portland, greeted with selfie sticks and tulip trips.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Mixed market and affordable apartment building The Abigail won in part for its dramatic cantilevered 'front porch' along the southern frontage.
April 27, 2017

Concrete can be sexy too

by Joseph Gallivan
The 37th Annual Excellence in Concrete Project Awards hit hard
COURTESY: JONATHAN HOUSE - Brian Libby
April 26, 2017

Portland's understated architecture and Japan

by Brian Libby
Kengo Kuma's Cultural Village at the Portland Japanese Garden shows how designers in Oregon and Japan - and the landscapes they inhabit - continue to influence each other
SUBMITTED: CASEY BRAUNGER, ANKROM MOISAN ARCHITECTS - Tom Moisan gets a drink from the ice sculpture of his ship at his Bon Voyage party.
April 26, 2017

Ankrom Moisan Architects: passing the torch

by Jules Rogers
Navy man turned architect to retire to the sea next
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CRAIG BOLLEN - This renovation includes removing a fire escape.
April 26, 2017

Design&Development

by Jules Rogers
This week features the Harlow Hotel, the Central Courthouse and the Macadam Apartments
SUBMITTED: PLANGRID - Jen Netherwood, carpenter with PNCI, woodworking.
April 25, 2017

PNCI and PlanGrid partner up

by Jules Rogers
Carpenters shave off five hours a day with new on-site tech
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JULES ROGERS - Steve Brown, CEO of Possibility & Purpose aka the Bald Futurist, met with businesspeople at the Kruse Way Economic Forum in Lake Oswego last week.
April 24, 2017

The Bald Futurist: jobs and robots

by Jules Rogers
Kruse Way Economic Forum: What the future of tech means for your business
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Jim Mark, head of the Portland Business Alliance
April 23, 2017

Oregon has a spending problem

by Jim Mark
Additional business taxes and other revenue will only help if the state also curbs its spending
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - (L-R) Portland General Electric Business Development Director Charlie Allcock, PolySync CEO and co-founder Josh Hartung, and P3 North America managing partner Philip Potkowski. PGE has been a leader in promoting the use of electric vehicles, PolySync is a Portland-based company developing an operating system for autonomous vehicles, and P3 is a technology consulting company that recently opened a Portland office. With PBA's Sandy McDonough.
April 22, 2017

Ready or not, autonomous vehicles are coming

by Jim Redden
City leaders hope to have self-driving vehicles tested here this year
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Julia Anderson, Smart Money.
April 21, 2017

Smart Money: rents are stabilizing

by Julia Anderson
There's good news for renters, but Portland is still a landlord's market.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JAIME VALDEZ - Allion USA president Ryan Hoppes in an anechoic RF chamber, of which the company now has 30. Allion buys them used from companies such as Nokia and ships them to its bigger test facility near Tansabourne. Hoppes has his engineers work closely with product developers, offering solutions rather than just issuing pass and fail grades like other testing companies. As a result his team works closely with innovators such as Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, many of whom want secrecy at this house in an undisclosed suburban Beaverton location.
April 21, 2017

Full bars for Allion

by Joseph Gallivan
Tech testing company runs two houses for testing wifi gadgets in the burbs.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JULES ROGERS - Combined, the two grocery wholesale organizations sales equaled approximately $16 billion in 2016. Together, they operate 24 distribution centers in 46 states, serving more than 3,000 stores. Shown is the Unified Grocers distribution warehouse in Milwaukie.
April 20, 2017

Supervalu to acquire Unified Grocers

by Jules Rogers
The $375 million deal will create one of nation's top grocery wholesale companies

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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - The 2.15-mile four-lane Sunrise Corridor, which was on the drawing board since the mid-1980s, broke ground in August 2013 and was mostly funded by Oregons 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA), which contributed $100 million to the project.
Apr 20, 2017

Transportation under Trump

by Jules Rogers
How ODOT is preparing shovel-ready projects in case of federal funding
COURTESY: VACASA - (Left to right) Travis Green, Product Lead, Chen Chen, Data Scientist and Nick Mote, Machine Learning Expert.
Apr 20, 2017

Tourism meets Turing

by Joseph Gallivan
Vacasa embraces machine learning in holiday rental pricing in homemade back-end upgrade.
COURTESY: VALIDATED - Validated's Tov Arneson, Ian Lyman and Alex Wilhelm appeared on ABC television's business pitching show Shark Tank on Friday, April 14, but the Sharks did not bite.
Apr 19, 2017

Validated onboards more merchants beyond Portland

by Joseph Gallivan
App that rewards free spending shoppers with credits for multimodal transportation moves beyond Portland.
JAIME VALDEZ - Corky Collier, executive director of Columbia Corridor, stands on along Northeast Alderwood Road in Portland. His turf runs from Kelly Point Park to Sandy, and his mission involves balancing environmental concersn with indistrial intersts, many of which he insists provide family wage jobs for people east of I-205.
Apr 21, 2017

April BIZ INFLUENCERCORKY COLLIER: Columbia Corridor's economic…

by Joseph Gallivan
Collier is one of the unsung connectors in Portland who manages to have the ear of environmentalists, big business and City Hall.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JULES ROGERS - The demolition protest back in 2015 drew dozens of protestors including a goat, ending in three arrests.
Apr 19, 2017

Design&Development

by Jules Rogers
This week features 3423 S.E. Hawthorne, 1150 N.W. Quimby and 1241 N.W. Johnson.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JULES ROGERS - Two of the four new single-family homes in Everett Custom Homes new Modern Homes Collection in the Woodstock neighborhood.
Apr 18, 2017

Everett Custom Homes premieres new Modern Homes Collection at…

by Jules Rogers
Brand new single-family homes are quite an uncommon find inside the Portland city limits these days, as developers churn out apartment units to supply the increasing demand for housing.
Apr 17, 2017

April focus: minority contractors, a pathway to success

by Melody Finnemore
Pathway 1000 initiative offers array of work opportunities for minority contractors
COURTESY: DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND - Untitled Studios concept for the Living Loop around the central business district. As a linear park, it's an attractive, safe, and engaging route around the city. It's a series of spaces and places in the Central City that are linked, but different. They're there for different kinds of uses and different kinds of users. They reflect the character of the place, and help all Portlanders and whoever is using it, see and enjoy that place differently than they would have in the past, said Joe Zehnder Chief Planner, City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, talking about the Green Loop.
Apr 16, 2017

STRONG DESIGN

by Joseph Gallivan
Design Week's annual festival gives insight into thriving sector of the Oregon economy
SOURCE: CITY OF PORTLAND - Read more about the background and technicalities of the case in the March 21 Business Tribune story headlined Ankeny Apartments: redlined and denied.
Apr 15, 2017

Update: Council kicks Ankeny Apartments back to developer, PDC

by Jim Redden
At issue was the proposed construction of new six-story apartment building in a part of town where the council has encouraged growth, inner Southeast Portland.
SUBMITTED: ADX - Need to update an old, binary restroom sign? ADX makerspace will custom-make a new all-user sign for your businesss bathroom as part of the city-wide challenge.
Apr 14, 2017

City-wide challenge: update your bathroom signs

by Jules Rogers
ADX makerspace to create 50 custom-made signs for local businesses
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JULES ROGERS - Left to right: Andrew Colas, president and owner of Colas Construction; Jill Sherman, partner with Gerding Edlen; Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler; Maxine Fitzgpatrick, executive director of PCRI; and Commissioner Dan Saltzman.
Apr 14, 2017

PCRI scores first large development, celebrates groundbreaking…

by Jules Rogers
Beatrice Morrow building marks fresh attempt at reversing gentrification in NoPo
COURTESY: TEDX - Adam Garcia, a designer, will talk about how we define ourselves with the names and words we choose. This year's speakers are united by the theme spectrum, but not tied to talking about light.
Apr 13, 2017

TEDx Portland 2017: Let there be light

by Joseph Gallivan
Technology, education and design talks return to Portland this Saturday, aiming to dazzle if not go viral.


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