Furniture Company's Contract with IKEA Will Mean 100 New Jobs for Oregonians
Mastercraft Furniture in Wilsonville will grow from 25 employees to more than 150 thanks to a contract with IKEA that will return jobs to the U.S. from Asia.
Rural Renewable Energy Development (RRED) Zones offer an incentive to encourage investments that either:
Throughout Oregon, a city, county or several contiguous counties can set up a RRED Zone that covers all the territory in the jurisdiction(s) outside the urban growth boundary (UGB) of any large city or metropolitan area.
The abatement is the standard (3- to 5-year) exemption from local taxes on new property available in any enterprise zone, except that in a RRED Zone it is only for renewable energy activities (which also would be eligible if located in an enterprise zone). In addition, the total amount of property (among one or more projects) that can qualify is subject to a locally-set cap with each RRED Zone designation of $250 million or less in initial market value.
Since 2013, the local government sponsor (county) may waive the requirement to create full-time employment with new projects, if the cost of the investment is $5 million or more. This is like the $25 million wiaver in an enterprise zone, except that local additional conditions may not be imposed.
The high desert of central Oregon is a beautiful natural attraction, with snow sports drawing travelers in the winter and incredible golf and hiking in the summer.