Airbnb, a worldwide community-driven hospitality company, is opening its North American operational headquarters in Portland, Oregon
, with plans to employ 160 this summer.
The Portland Development Commission, Business Oregon, Greater Portland Inc. and Worksystems, Inc., have been working in partnership with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to bring the company to the region. "This project bolsters an already strong and growing cluster of software firms and technology
talent in Portland," said Patrick Quinton, PDC Executive Director. "We're especially pleased to welcome Airbnb to the Oldtown neighborhood and its emerging entrepreneurial scene."
On its website company officials said, “We got started in San Francisco, and our main offices will always be there, but we’re growing faster than we ever imagined and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Portland…Portland welcomes and promotes innovation and is a leader in the sharing economy, so we couldn’t think of a better fit for our newest space. We are incredibly thankful to Governor John Kitzhaber
and to Mayor Hales and the City of Portland for their warm welcome.”
“We believe in being good neighbors in Portland and in every city we call home. That’s why our office won’t just be a place for our growing team, it will be a space for the greater Portland community to share. When the office is complete this summer, we look forward to welcoming our hosts, guests, and travelers to stop in and visit, and we’re excited to find impactful ways to share the space with other organizations throughout the city.”
"Software has been a fast-growing complement to the tech manufacturing sector
," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "I'm proud of the partnership of our organizations to take advantage of these opportunities and bring new jobs to Oregon."
"The Greater Portland region continues to be a strong draw for companies like Airbnb," said Sean Robbins, President/CEO of Greater Portland Inc. "It's another proof point that Greater Portland has entered a new chapter in its economic history—one in which global brands see the region as a place that they can invest and grow."