Oregon Success Stories
A Little of the Old, A Little of the New Equals Success for Orox Leather Company
A family-owned manufacturer of high-end leather products produces items hip, practical and timeless.
Industrial land is one of the state's most valuable resources in terms of net contributions to the state's economy and tax base. The traded sector firms that locate on industrial land are an engine of expansion, spurring growth in the service sector and paying family wages to a broad spectrum of workers.
Already know what type of property you need? Business Oregon has partnered with other economic development organizations across the state in order to provide a database of certified sites, along with other available industrial land and buildings, at www.oregonprospector.com.
Oregon's Shovel Ready Certification Program is recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the country. It is a rigorous program that is trusted by the market and has been a factor in many of the state's largest employment successes. Oregon's certified sites are ready for construction within six months or less and are verified "project-ready" for specific industry profiles.
Applications to the program are accepted in April and September each year by submitting a commitment letter and supplemental reports. Sites that have been Shovel Ready Certified must apply for recertification every two years. Recertifaction applications are accepted in January each year.
The 2011 Legislature created the Economic Recovery Review Council (ERRC) and two programs that streamline the process to ready industrial lands for business. One program focuses on up to 10 projects per biennium that may be subjected to an expedited process when job creation, wage and other criteria are met. The second manages industrial areas regionally where between five and 15 areas planned and zoned for industrial use that have potential long-term job creation and meet other criteria that must be maintained for employment uses. Learn more >>
A brownfield is property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination. Oregon's Brownfields programs range in activities from site assessment to cleanup for properties where known or suspected environmental contamination is a barrier to redevelopment. Learn more >>
Business Oregon helps facilitate the deployment and utilization of telecommunications infrastructure to support innovation, create economic opportunities and build quality communities throughout Oregon.
Oregon has a world-class telecommunications infrastructure extending throughout the state. Multiple fiber optic backbone networks with diverse routing provide excellent network reliability and connectivity statewide. Learn more >>
For additional infrastructure information see the programs administered by the Infrastructure Finance Authority.