Jive’s new owner seeks staff buy-in on the future, notes changes coming

Jive’s new owner seeks staff buy-in on the future, notes changes coming

Jive Software’s soon-to-be new owner sent a letter that intended to reassure employees. However, the missive also notes that changes are coming. The letter, now part of the company’s federal regulatory filings, came after an executive from Austin-based Aurea Software toured different Jive offices last week, including the downtown Portland location. In the letter, Aurea CEO Scott Brighton said the team saw Jive’s culture and experienced the Portland “vibe.” He then tried to assure employees…

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Fees coming for EV charging at Portland’s Electric Avenue

Fees coming for EV charging at Portland’s Electric Avenue

Charging of a different sort is coming to Electric Avenue. Ever since the electric-vehicle charging stations opened at Portland State University in 2011, electric vehicles have been able to fuel up on free electricity. But beginning June 12, use of the outlets — relocated in 2015 to Portland General Electric’s World Trade Center headquarters in downtown Portland — will come with fees. It’s a precursor to what the utility plans for additional stations it hopes to open under a proposal submitted…

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These tech companies pay for egg-freezing as an employee benefit

These tech companies pay for egg-freezing as an employee benefit

Facebook has inspired several high-profile tech firms, including Google and Apple, to provide egg-freezing as an employee benefit. In an era when most U.S. companies don’t provide paid maternity leave, many of the biggest technology employers are now offering to cover the costs of freezing eggs, which allows employees to have babies later in their careers. The procedure, which is surgical, can cost in excess of $10,000. In 2014, Facebook became the first major tech firm in Silicon Valley to offer…

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Norris, Beggs & Simpson names new president for its consulting arm

Norris, Beggs & Simpson names new president for its consulting arm

Shortly after expanding with the acquisition of Seattle mortgage banking firm Draper Hergert Shaw, Inc., Portland’s Norris, Beggs & Simpson Cos. has added a new top executive to its real estate consulting arm. In a release, NBS announced that it has hired David C. Elkins, a 25-year veteran of the commercial real estate world, to lead NBS Real Estate Consulting. Elkins joins NBS from Providence Health & Services, where he served as chief asset officer of real estate and construction. Prior to that,…

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Exclusive: Here are Oregon’s 25 best middle schools

Exclusive: Here are Oregon’s 25 best middle schools

Whereas all grade levels of the K-12 education system are important, there’s something special about the middle school years. That’s because, as Lake Oswego Schools Superintendent Heather Beck points out, middle schools provide a “developmentally important bridge” between elementary school and high school. “Pre-adolescent students are coming into their own, focusing more on their peers and ready to move on from the more sheltered elementary school experience,” said Beck. “What’s more, our middle…

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