In today’s news, Oregon to consider shell corporation legislation, Intel to layoff more employees and Puppet Labs names new CFO.
1. Anonymous company legislation in the works for 2017 session
Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins will file pre-session legislation to rein in anonymous shell companies in Oregon, the Portland Business Journal reports. Secretary-elect Dennis Richardson has yet to announce his position on the issue. The proposed legislation will require companies to disclose an owner and physical street address on incorporation records.
2. More Intel layoffs in the works
Oregon’s largest employer is reportedly stepping back from wearables and laying off employees in the New Technologies Group, according to TechCrunch. Intel disputed the wearable tech claims and made no comment on the reported layoffs. This would make the third round of layoffs in the last 18 months for the company.
3. Puppet names new CFO, two more VPs
Puppet Labs hired Mark Iserloth as its new chief financial officer, Marianne Calder as VP for Europe, Middle-east and Africa, and Nick Smyth as VP of engineering, the Oregonian reports. Puppet has now hired six new vice presidents this year. At the same time, the software company announced it is expanding its Portland headquarters by 50% and opening an office in London.
4. Big shocker: Deschutes County a draw for retirees
An Oregon Employment Department analysis found the number of senior citizens near Bend has grown 43% in the last five years, Willamette Week reports. The demographic is the fastest growing in the county. Washington County took second place for its senior citizen population with 33% growth.
5. Gov. Brown names Agriculture, Lottery agency heads
Alexis Taylor was named Oregon Department of Agriculture director and Barry Pack was named director of the Oregon Lottery, according to the Statesman Journal. Taylor joins Oregon from a post with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pack first joined the lottery in April after Director Jack Roberts was fired. Taylor’s appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate, which is set for December.
6. PSU joins Portland in sanctuary city pledge
Portland State University announced it will form a sanctuary campus for its students. The city of Portland announced last week it will maintain its sanctuary status despite threats from the President-elect to defund the federal program. PSU will not enforce federal immigration laws, facilitate immigration enforcement activities on campus or share student immigration status information unless compelled with a court order.
7. UO bucks enrollment trend
The University of Oregon wants to downsize its student population.