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Local Notes continued based CIGS technology enables production of highly efficient solar cells at a fraction of the cost of traditional silicon-based solar technologies and alternative CIGS solar cell manufacturing techniques. “SoloPower is bringing exactly the kind of new jobs Oregon needs. By bringing their manufacturing headquarters to Wilsonville, we are continuing on the path toward establishing a stronger clean technology manufacturing base in Oregon.” said Governor John Kitzhaber.

By Stephen Morris

You aren’t bound to your big, international bank. A lot of us are really and truly sick of getting socked with fees, tripped by hidden penalties, and earning lousy interest rates. We’re tired of being treated like a nuisance. Relief, thankfully, may be just down the street at your nearest credit union or its close relative, the locally-owned bank. “We Know Your Dog” Cheryl Cebula, President and Chief Operating Officer of Albina Community Bank in Portland shares some thoughts on why local banking can be the best option: 1 - Does your bank live here or work here? At local financial institutions, decisions are made locally, rather than across the country. Because of better access to the decisionmaking process, decisions are made quicker and take our local neighborhoods into account. 2 - Deposits work harder in a neighborhood than a vault. At local financial institution, deposits are reinvested back into our local neighborhoods to help build small businesses and create jobs. 3 - At local financial instituCheryl Cebula tions, we not only know you by name, we also know your dog. We take the time to get to know each customer - including their individual financial goals, their favorite local causes, and even their pets.” Local banks are not the only financial institutions that support local non-profits with charitable donations. John Benoit, President & CEO of NorthCountry Credit Union in South Burlington, Vermont points out that his organization distributed more than a quarter million dollars to local organizations. Says Benoit “When you keep your business local, your money stays local. Deposits are turned into loans to other account holders to use for important purchases like homes, vehicles, and college tuition. Money also makes its way back into the community in the form of salaries John Benoit for our employees, all of who live in the region. Everybody wins.”

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Green Living Journal PDX Spring #12  

A Practical Journal for Friends of the Environment. Small Houses, National Bike System, Warre Bee Hive, Organic Manifesto, Credit Unions, Bu...

Green Living Journal PDX Spring #12  

A Practical Journal for Friends of the Environment. Small Houses, National Bike System, Warre Bee Hive, Organic Manifesto, Credit Unions, Bu...

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