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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

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Advanced ICT - Companies Look to Visionary Locales

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q4 2014)
The rise of “big data” in nearly every industry vertical has promoted continued importance of a robust information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure as a site selection factor. More

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

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