Tech roundup

Google announced land purchase in the Dalles. OregonBEST and CleanTech Alliance joined forces to create the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator. Express Exo Laundromat plans expansion.

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Google purchased 74 acres from Northwest Aluminum.

The property, which the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association had leased since 1975, was sold to Google on March 17.

Darcy Nothnagle, Google’s head of external affairs for its Northwestern region, said the technology company had no immediate plans to build on the site but wanted the option of continuing to invest in The Dalles as business demands it.

(READ MORE: The Dalles Chronicle)

Startups will have access to funds and resources via the new Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator.

The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator will focus on product development, financing and funding, business modeling and commercialization.

… As an added incentive, participating teams will compete for three cash prizes totaling $10,000.

(READ MORE: Portland Business Journal)

Express Eco Laundromat will open a new location in north Salem.

Every washer and dryer at Express Eco, 1046 Northeast Lancaster Drive, is state-of-the-art and made in Sweden. Customers can pay with credit cards and start the machines from their phones. Email updates let them know when their laundry is done. There’s also free Wi-Fi. A wash typically costs $3.

It’s more than the convenience of high-tech machines that differentiates Express Eco. Goldman said these energy efficient washers and dryers cost three times that of normal machines. But the energy savings is good for the business and its customers, he said.

(READ MORE: Statesman Journal)

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