Dear Friends and Colleagues,
What a year it’s been! While the economy was not at its strongest, our clients still managed to be tremendously successful. Below are a few highlights of their incredible accomplishments in 2010. And here’s wishing you all a very happy and thriving 2011!
Chalkboard Project was awarded $13.2 million from the federal Teacher Incentive Fund to continue working with Oregon districts to locally design and implement career and compensation reforms. The grant will support the work of the CLASS Project in seven districts: Albany, Bend- La Pine, Crook County, Lebanon, Oregon City, Redmond, and Salem-Keizer.
Vestas, the world’s leader in producing high-tech wind power systems, announced that they are moving their North American sales and service headquarters into the historic Meier & Frank Depot Building in Portland’s Pearl District in 2012. “This is a great day for Vestas, for the City of Portland and for the state,” Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said. “Our collective investments in this project will pay off now and in the future in the form of more green jobs in Portland.”
Barry S. Childs was awarded the 2010 Purpose Prize for his work with Africa Bridge, the Oregon nonprofit based in Marylhurst he founded to assist children orphaned by HIV and AIDS. “Since its inception, Africa Bridge has helped over 3,000 children in Tanzania, along with their guardians and whole villages,” said Childs, who grew up in Tanzania and plans to use the cash prize to expand Africa Bridge to other villages. “Our dream over the next three years is to improve the well-being and futures for an additional 14,000 children.”
Lease Crutcher Lewis announced that its Portland office was awarded LEED gold certification for commercial interiors. Lewis also won two 2010 Association of General Contractors Build Washington Awards for “Best Tenant Improvement over $5 Million” and “Best Private Building over $5 Million.”
Climate change experts Lara Hansen and Jennifer Hoffman from CAKE published Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. Climate Savvy offers a wide-ranging exploration of how scientists, managers, and policymakers can use the challenge of climate change as an opportunity to build a more holistic and effective philosophy.
Bridgeworks is concluding the 4th round of financing with General Electric for Prime Star, a photovoltaic energy manufacturer slated to be one of the largest photovoltaic plants in America.
Portland’s Profile Theatre has won $10,000 from the American Theatre Wing, the group best known as the founder of the Tony Awards. According to Theatre Wing’s executive director, Howard Sherman, “These grants are an affirmation of the fine work of these growing companies and, we hope, may have the added benefit of drawing more attention to them–from artists, from the press, and from other funders.”
Alcatel-Lucent announced that its Genesys customer service solution has been placed in the leaders quadrant of the recently published Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Web Customer Service,” authored by Johan Jacobs. The report evaluates the maturing market for Web-based customer service offering which includes serving multichannel customer service strategies.