Big Moves

OBEducation

In 2021 Oregon’s institutions of higher ed saw major leadership shifts and headline-grabbing controversies. What’s going on?

OBEducation

Freeschool

Multnomah County’s groundbreaking Preschool for All initiative could offer a teachable moment for the rest of the state — if the ambitious program can be pulled off.

OBManufacturing

The Oregon-China Relationship Becomes Essential

With mourning political and supply line pressure, Oregon’s relationship with China could play a major role in keeping the peace. 

OBHealth Care

The Vet Emergency

The pandemic worsened working conditions for veterinarians, who have been pushed to the brink with increased workloads. But COVID-19 is also forcing employers to address the mental-health crisis afflicting the...

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Politics

Biden Administration Accelerates State Climate Solutions

Environmental disasters and new federal policy spike demand for renewable energy. 

Economy

What Will Close The Supply Gap?

The senior advisor of the Northwest Economic Research Center outlines the factors — including labor issues  — driving supply shortages in Oregon. 

Restaurants and Retail

Vacasa and Dutch Bros Go Public

Oregon companies join an upswell of businesses launching IPOs, adapting to an evolved economy. 

Professional Services

Private Security’s New Crop

With an emphasis on customer service skills, martial arts and de-escalation techniques, security firms are evolving to meet the needs of cannabis dispensaries and downtown businesses

Tech

Drought Tech

With the climate crisis here, water management becomes big business — and part of big tech. 

Energy and Environment

OSHA Investigating 117 Workplace Complaints Made Due to Heat Wave

Five Oregonians died during record-shattering temperatures — though only two have been linked to heat.