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Tuesday July 29, 2014

Contributors: Business - Commercial Confidential

  • Wednesday Jan 22, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Meet the artist who made your hold music

    Portland writer Sara Corbett (who also co-founded The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing workshop) had a great story on this weekend’s This American Life about the origins of the on-hold music that’s the default setting on Cisco corporate phone switchboards. It turns out, the music has an eclectic fan base that includes Corbett’s father-in-law. Listen here:      

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    Thursday Jan 16, 2014 | 4:54 pm

    Crowdfunding California’s solar power boom: this week’s “from away” business news

    Today’s business page features a story from Tux Turkel about how Maine environmental groups would like to install more solar power across the state, with a goal of 200 megawatts of solar power capacity by the end of the decade. If that sounds ambitious, bear in mind that the Wyman Unit No. 4 oil-burning power plant in Yarmouth  can generate up to 610 megawatts of power.  And in California, where incentives […]

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  • Thursday Jan 09, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    Quebec’s new carbon market and California’s pot taxes: this week’s ‘from away’ business news

    Maine is increasingly competing in a global economy, which means that our local businesses often thrive or die based on events and decisions that happen far beyond our borders. "From Away" is a new weekly roundup of national and international business news that has implications for Maine’s local economy. My plan is to publish these roundups once a week on Thursdays — if you have suggestions, email or tweet […]

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  • Monday Jan 06, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    The rent is too damn high for restauranteurs

    Happy 2014! If you had a chance to take some time off for the holidays, you might have missed this great year-end story from Press Herald writer Meredith Goad: Portland restaurant space rare, too pricey, chefs say Goad surveys a number of local chefs who say that retail spaces for new restaurants in downtown Portland are growing increasingly scarce (and, by the laws of supply and demand, expensive as well). […]

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    Friday Dec 13, 2013 | 8:02 am

    A bird’s-eye view of Portland’s economic transformation

    The Bayside neighborhood is in the news this week as city planners get ready to vote on final approvals for an ambitious redevelopment on long-vacant railyards along Somerset Street. Randy Billings had a good overview of the neighborhood’s history and past redevelopment efforts on the cover of Monday’s paper, and along with it we ran an old aerial photo of the neighborhood from around 1960, part of our new "Flashback" […]

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  • Monday Dec 09, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Planet Money’s t-shirt genealogy project

    Reporting and explaining the global economy is difficult: the narratives are complicated and they literally span the globe.  NPR’s "Planet Money" team took on the challenge with a product that seems relatively simple: a t-shirt. Reporters and videographers went from the cotton fields of Mississippi to the textile plants of Indonesia to the sewing factories of Bangladesh, and the resulting story is both beautiful and amazing. It’s also a really […]

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  • Friday Dec 06, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Run government like a business (unless it’s the Civic Center)

    Occupy Maine, take note: if you want your business leaders to get worked up about the ills of capitalism, forget about fast food workers and focus on your local pro sports teams.  We often hear from Chamber of Commerce types that government ought to be run "like a business," but now that the Cumberland County Civic Center’s board of trustees is managing the arena in the best financial interests of […]

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    Thursday Nov 07, 2013 | 11:38 am

    Seven years ago, here’s what Twitter looked like

    Via Jason Kottke, here’s what Twitter’s home page looked like during its awkward childhood back in 2006. Seven years later and this is worth $31 billion, supposedly.  

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  • Thursday Oct 24, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    Developers build for the high end of the market in Portland’s East End

    Randy Billings has a story today about a small boom of housing units being planned or built on small infill lots in Portland’s East End. A quote from the story: “There are a lot people who would like to live on Munjoy Hill, for example, but they don’t want to live in the type of housing that exists right now,” said Jeff Levine, the city’s director of planning and urban […]

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