Listen at Marketplace: In southern Oregon, the city of Medford has a high concentration substance abuse. It’s even earned the nickname “Methford.” One of the problems that comes with drug addiction is child abuse and neglect. But the local Family Nurturing Center wants to prevent that, so it started the Farm & Food Program.
Read at The Guardian: Getting companies with annual sales over $25m to stump up for education and healthcare should be a no-brainer, right? Big business begs to differ.
Listen at Monocle M24: How a new urban wine collective in Portland, Oregon is changing the traditional wine industry business model.
Listen at Marketplace: Since it passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has given millions of Americans access to mental health coverage. That’s created a demand for providers, especially in rural areas and some underserved communities.
Read at The Guardian: People of color are conspicuously absent from Oregon’s lucrative legal weed business. Now, advocates say a proposed 3% marijuana tax could help.
Listen at Marketplace: A startup in Portland, Oregon, called IOTAS, which stands for Internet of Things As Service, is looking to tap into the renters’ market for millennials with pre-wired smart apartments, called smart home automation.
Read at The Guardian: While ditching gratuities in Portland and elsewhere has meant ‘less judgment, angst and anger’ at some establishments, others have seen staff members quit.