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Sustainable Northwest lands grant to study juniper

Sustainable Northwest has secured a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research the structural characteristics of Western Juniper, which grows across wide swaths of Eastern Oregon.

The grant for $64,990, from the U.S.D.A. Rural Development’s Rural Business Enteprise grant program, will help certify the value of Western Juniper for commercial uses…

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Sustainable Northwest lands grant to study juniper. Sustainable Business Oregon. October 21, 2014.

Officials keep nervous watch on levees

The same railroad embankment that failed to stop the disastrous Vanport Flood of 1948 remains a weak link in Portland’s levee system designed to prevent floods.

A new engineering assessment of the Columbia River levee system found four problem areas that don’t meet stiffer federal flood-protection standards enacted after Hurricane Katrina. The biggest one is the railroad embankment used by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains as they chug north and south between Heron Lakes Golf Club and Smith Lake in North Portland…

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Officials keep nervous watch on levees. Portland Tribune. October 21, 2014.

Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies

For entrepreneurs in the south Willamette Valley an organization, cleverly called RAIN, is aiming a spotlight on the resources available in communities south of Portland and gathering momentum for its own funding vehicle.

The Oregon Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network ( RAIN) formally started in May and since then the board and its executive director Jim Coonan have been busy gathering resources and convening stakeholders…

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Oregon tech startup champion looks to nurture more non-Portland companies. Portland Business Journal. September 15, 2014.

Peek inside PSU’s future-worthy portable classroom (Photos)

Portable classrooms, the bane of students and teachers everywhere, are getting a green makeover courtesy Portland State University.

Margarette Leite, a PSU professor of architecture, initiated a project to reimagine the temporary classrooms as healthy, clean places for their inhabitants…

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Peek inside PSU's future-worthy portable classroom (Photos). Portland Business Journal. September 5, 2014.

First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in schools

As students file back into school this fall, some will be studying in green modular classrooms designed at Portland State University.

The first batch of the innovative portable classrooms are being deployed at five schools in the Edmonds School District in Washington and the Corvallis Waldorf School…

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First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in schools. Portland Tribune. September 2, 2014.

Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property

Bureau Plans to Develop 25-Acre Site for Off-Road Biking

(Portland, OR) –

An island of unused land at the confluence of two freeways takes another step towards becoming a new city park in east Portland, and a regional off-road biking destination.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has acquired the 25-acre Gateway Green property, with plans, in concert with Friends of Gateway Green, to build an off-road biking facility on the land. Portland City Council unanimously today authorized the land transfer from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) using funds from System Development Charges (SDCs), not tax dollars…

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Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property. The City of Portland. August 27th, 2014.

Eight companies start in business accelerator

Eight companies were in the inaugural class of the Eugene RAIN business accelerator that launched Monday.

The accelerator is an intensive 12-week mentorship and business development program.

The program is part of a broader state-backed economic development initiative called RAIN, which stands for Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network…

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Eight companies start in business accelerator. The Register-Guard. July 15, 2014.

New SE Portland education center, housing development for Native American foster care children moves forward

A program to provide stable housing and a positive learning environment for Native American children in foster care reached a turning point this week.

City, state and county officials – plus others, including an architecture firm, the Native American Youth and Family Center and the Lents neighborhood – signed a “Declaration of Cooperation” Monday during a celebration at the former Foster Elementary School…

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New SE Portland education center, housing development for Native American foster care children moves forward. The Oregonian. July 8, 2014.

Portland Funds Study Of Columbia River Levee Repairs

Portland city council members authorized  $1.4 million in bonds to pay for a study of the levees along the south bank of the Columbia River on Wednesday. The study will focus on an 11-mile stretch of levees that protects industrial land and neighborhoods in North Portland…

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Portland Funds Study Of Columbia River Levee Repairs. OPB. May 28, 2014.

Startup ‘evangelist’ tapped to lead RAIN

Last fall, Joe Maruschak was among the skeptics concerning RAIN, the state-backed Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network that wants to help create startups and jobs in the southern Willamette Valley.

Back then, he and others at the Fertilab Thinkubator business incubator he co-founded in Eugene “were shadow boxing a ghost,” he said. They wondered, “What is RAIN doing? An incubator? An accelerator?”

They just knew RAIN was making it hard to raise funds for Fertilab because potential donors inevitably would ask, “What about RAIN?”…

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Startup ‘evangelist’ tapped to lead RAIN. The Register Guard. May 6, 2014.