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U.S. Legislative, Incentives, & Economic Development Policies Update

Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Q1 2016)
Growing companies need to be aware of the many changes states are making to their incentives policies. More

Regional Report: Tax and Other Incentives Help Job-Creation Numbers in the Pacific States

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)
In response to their specific needs, the Pacific States have instituted varied business-support tools that enhance their competitiveness. More

Data Center Demand Emerges Throughout New Locations in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2016)
Data centers are key economic drivers in markets within which they operate, and operators have looked to be more efficient with their locations, expanding into regions with more flexible utility costs, incentives packages or lower taxes. More

Frontline: West Coast Ports Unite to Solve Challenges

Karen Thuermer (Q3 2015)
Manufacturers of imported and exported goods between the United States and Asia let out a huge sigh of relief in late May when a five-year contract that governs pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports was finally ratified. Despite the ratified agreement, manufacturers are certain that strikes and delays will continue at West Coast ports. More

Frontline: Metro Areas Join in Export Initiatives

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)
To date, 28 cities across the country have come together under a pilot program called the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) to develop their foreign direct investment plans and volume of exports. More

Expanding the Cloud: The Top Data Center Markets in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Data Centers 2015)
The data center market is seeing high demand and low price. The competitive pricing is due in part to the large number of options available, yet the industry is expected to enjoy 32 percent growth in North America by 2016, ultimately becoming a $14.8 billion market. More

The Mystery Impact of Data Centers on Local Economies Revealed

John Lenio, Economist and Managing Director, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE  (Data Centers 2015)
Although they do not create as many permanent jobs as other types of projects, capital investment in data centers can be quite substantial, justifying large incentives offerings. More

Regional Report: A Unique Focus on Business Expansion in the Pacific States

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
California is applying unique approaches to economic development programs in order to encourage in-state development while the other Pacific States are leveraging their unique geographic and market positions to focus on aerospace, clean tech and exports growth. More

OREGON at a glance

POPULATION: 3,930,065 (2013)

LABOR FORCE: 1,972,660 (September 2014)


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:High technology, agriculture, wood products

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

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 29.2% ( 2012)

Corporate Excise Tax: 6.6 percent on net Oregon income of corporations doing business in the state; 7.6 percent on taxable income over $1 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.

Enterprise zones (property tax exemption)

E-commerce zones (property tax exemption)

Business Expansion Program (forgivable loan)

Oregon Investment Advantage (income tax exemption)

Strategic Investment Program (property tax exemption)

Industrial Development Bond Program

Oregon Business Development Fund Loan

Oregon Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund

Oregon Capital Access Program (loan guarantee)

Oregon Credit Enhancement Fund (loan guarantee)

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
  • Food
  • Wood Products
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Machinery
  • Transportation Eqpt.
  • Primary Metals
  • Paper
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics