Where Oregon Investment Advantage Applies

The Oregon Investment Advantage (OIA) is available to new operations at business facilities located:

  • on an industrially zoned site, anywhere in an eligible county,
  • anywhere within the urban growth boundary (UGB) of a city with a population of 15,000 or less, and inside an eligible county, or
  • both.

Using the most recently available annual unemployment and per capita income data for the past few years, the following are eligible counties for purposes of a facility locating there, based on the date when the business makes application for preliminary certification, as received by Business Oregon on and after July 1, 2017 (until revised).

Baker
Columbia
Coos
Crook
Douglas
Grant
Harney
Jefferson
Josephine
Klamath
Lake
Linn
Malheur
Umatilla
Union

Subsequent change in county eligibility does not affect a facility's future receipt of the OIA income tax benefit. Once the application is made, hiring, investments, construction or other project work on the facility may begin. Pursuant to compliance review and an opportunity potentially for local government objection, Business Oregon will issue a preliminary certification to the applicant, after which new operations at the facility need to commence within a reasonable period and without extended interruption in project activity. For projects involving significant construction, this period would be at least 18 months from the date of preliminary certification. A business may reapply with no fee, in order to update its preliminary certification, provided that project work or hiring has still not begun and that the county also is eligible at that time.