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Oregon Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Oregon's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)
Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. More

One Size Fits All: “Vested” for Large and Small Companies

Scott R. Schroeder, Owner/CEO, RelianceCM (Q1 2014)
Companies of all sizes are finding that negotiating and nurturing relationships with suppliers can provide a sustainable competitive advantage. Learn how the “Vested” model is lifting one small, Oregon-based contract manufacturer's ability to help bring its client’s products to market at scale. More

Regional Report: Pacific States Foster Innovation

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2014)
Winners of numerous accolades, the Plains States are garnering investment across diverse industry sectors and growing their economies. More

A Look Back - and Ahead - at the 2013/2014 Legislative and Incentives Landscape

Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Directory 2014)
From what we witnessed in 2013, we can only expect more dynamic developments in state incentive programs and a continued focus on additional transparency. More

Criteria for Selecting a High-Tech Cluster

Amber Schiada, Research Manager, Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Companies locating in “tech-friendly” communities can find the foundation for their success, while also helping the local economy to grow — a win-win situation all around. More

Hot Markets for High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

Greg Matter, Vice President, Tenant Representation, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q3 / Summer 2013)
Access to skilled labor, customers, and suppliers is paramount to high-tech firms’ location decisions, often trumping cost considerations when making technology manufacturing location decisions. More

Work Force Development Programs Can Make or Break a Site Selection Deal

Mark Crawford (Q3 / Summer 2013)
With scant time and resources for recruiting and training workers, companies are looking at states that will help them to quickly satisfy their labor force needs. More
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OREGON at a glance

POPULATION: 1,318,301

LABOR FORCE: 1,976,000 (Aug. 2012)

RIGHT TO WORK: No

TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:High technology, agriculture, wood products

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Green energy manufacturing, aerospace, high-tech/semiconductors, software, biomedical technology, outdoor gear, transportation equipment, primary and fabricated metals

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 28.8% (2010)

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
Corporate Excise Tax: 6.6 percent on net Oregon income of corporations doing business in the state; 7.6-7.9 percent on taxable income over $10 million

Sales and Use Tax: None

Property Tax: Privately owned real estate and personal property used to produce income are subject to tax by local taxing districts such as schools, cities, and counties. Statewide property tax limitation of approximately 1.5 percent of real market value. Annual increases are limited to 3 percent. Abatement programs often available to expanding businesses.

BUSINESS INCENTIVES:
Enterprise zones

E-commerce zones

Business Retention and Expansion Forgivable Loan Program

Business Energy Tax Credit - Manufacturing

Oregon Investment Advantage tax exemption

Strategic Investment Program

Industrial Development Bond Program

Oregon Business Development Fund loans

Oregon Capital Access Program

Oregon Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund

Oregon Credit Enhancement Fund

Commercial properties under construction property tax exemption

Research Tax Credit

Oregon Port Revolving Loan Fund

Foreign-trade zones

Food-processing equipment exemption

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Computers & Electronic Products
    21.7%
  • Food
    14.4%
  • Wood Products
    11.5%
  • Fabricated Metal Products
    8.8%
  • Transportation Eqpt.
    6.4%
  • Machinery
    6.2%
  • Primary Metals
    4.7%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    26.2%