Business Oregon News RSS en <h1>Oregon InC Releasing RFP on May 1st For New Ideas To Spur Innovation and Jobs</h1> <p>The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) on May 1 to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.</p><p>Oregon InC is a public-private partnership with a mission to nurture the growth of industry clusters in areas where Oregon has unique advantages in leadership, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. In recent years, Oregon InC has funded new initiatives supporting wave energy, bioscience, nanotechnology, clean tech, electric vehicle development and unmanned aerial systems. With each, the goal is to create new companies and new jobs in developing areas that will strengthen and diversify Oregon's economy.</p><p>Oregon InC initiatives have helped incubate 86 new companies which have raised more than $130 million in non-state funding. They have helped companies and researchers capture more than $400 million in federal and private grants, and provided new companies with access to technical expertise and mentoring, R&D help and a network of 11 labs and 450 university researchers able to help get ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.</p><p>Proposals will be evaluated by a team of private sector leaders who will focus primarily on the proposal's potential to: create new businesses and jobs in an emerging industry sector; successfully compete for private and federal investment; help new and existing businesses access additional sources of capital, and demonstrate a clear return on the state's investment.</p><p>The 2014 RFP may be viewed on May 1 at <a href=""></a>. Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.</p><p>Interested parties may review the 2012 Request for Proposals as well as the current Innovation Plan, which is comprised of seven initiatives at <a href=""></a></p> April 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Business Development Mission to Japan and Taiwan</h1> <p>SALEM&#151;On April 14 a delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon, in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.</p><p>It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation returned from Brazil on March 22, and Business Oregon is accompanying seven Oregon companies to the world's largest trade show for advanced manufacturers this week in Hannover, Germany.</p><p>The latest delegation of officials and business leaders will travel to Tokyo and Osaka the week of April 14th for a series of meetings and to deliver two seminars with the broad goal of developing business and trade between Japan and the state of Oregon. The centerpiece is the annual Doing Business in Oregon (DBO) seminar, to take place in Tokyo and then Osaka, which has been presented in Japan by the Business Committee of the Japan Oregon Society of Oregon (JASO) since 2010.</p><p>"We have built up a strong network of relationships and a strong reputation in Japan as an ideal place for Japanese investment and trade," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We have proven that using our foreign office in Tokyo and a network of Japanese-speaking resources, we are ready to help duplicate the success in Oregon already enjoyed by such firms as Panasonic, Montbell and Shimadzu Corporation."</p><p>The DBO seminars in Japan are presented by the Business Committee of JASO and Business Oregon. Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Port of Portland, Lane Powell PC, InSpec Group, the City of Salem, the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, the City of Gresham, Greater Portland Inc, Portland General Electric, CBRE and Deloitte LLC.</p><p>Over the five consecutive years that Business Oregon has held the DBO seminars, attendance has increased steadily. In 2013, 107 Japanese company representatives participated and in 2014 Business Oregon hopes to attract 220 with the promotional help of organizations such as JETRO, the U.S. Commercial Service, Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper, SME Support and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.</p><p>In addition, Director McCabe and Business Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will travel to Taiwan April 21 and 22 to attend a series of meetings in Taipei. They will investigate ways that Taiwan and Oregon can work more closely with one another on both inbound and outbound investment opportunities in various technology industries.</p><p>Delegation members include Director Tim McCabe, JASO Chairman Doug Smith, Metro President Tom Hughes, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Joe Mollusky of the Port of Portland, Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears and Mitsu Yamazaki of the Portland Development Commission, as well as business representatives from Lane Powell LLC, CBRE, Perkins & Co., Mackenzie and InSpec Group.</p> April 9, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to World's Largest Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show in Hannover Germany</h1> <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon's global trade and recruitment teams will travel with representatives of seven Oregon companies to <a href="" target=_blank>Hannover Messe,</a> the largest advanced manufacturing trade show and conference in the world to be held in Hannover, Germany April 7-11.</p><p>Business Oregon is providing <a href="" target=_blank>Export Assistance grants</a> ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 in matching funds to six of the companies to defray the costs of travel and exhibiting at the show. Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded more than 200 Export Assistance grants to 157 companies. Those companies have report actual and projected sales revenue as a result of these trade show appearances at more than $50 million.</p><p>"The return on investment of our export assistance strategy has been really impressive," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "A small amount of backing has helped many Oregon companies realize hundreds of thousands of dollars in new sales to new customers around the world. It's been a tremendous economic development strategy for small businesses."</p><p>The seven Oregon advanced manufacturing firms exhibiting at this show are: ClearEdge Power (fuel cells), Xzeres Wind (small wind turbine systems), EV4 Oregon (EV charging stations), Powin Energy (energy storage), Zess, Inc. (micro-channel heat exchangers), IndustrialEnet (network solutions) and Real Carbon (carbon fiber technology). In 2013, Oregon advanced manufacturers exported $4.24 billion in goods.</p><p>In addition to the companies traveling to Europe, Business Oregon will partner with the cities of Gresham and Hillsboro, as well as the Port of Portland, to promote Oregon's business climate for technology and advanced manufacturing <a href="" target=_blank>opportunities.</a></p><p>It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation just returned from Brazil on March 22, and on April 14 another delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon. </p> April 1, 2014 <h1>Cascade Tissue to Expand its St. Helens Operations Adding 29 Jobs</h1> <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe toured the Cascade Tissue plant in St. Helens today praising the company's decision to retool and expand its operations adding an estimated 29 jobs at the site.</p><p>Business Oregon provided the company with a $60,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to help fund training of the company's expanded workforce on the plant's new equipment. The company currently employs 66 full-time employees at the plant.</p><p>"We are pleased with Cascade Tissue's decision to re-invest in Oregon and expand its operations here in St. Helens," said McCabe. "By choosing to not only remain, but expand this former mill site, Cascade has shown its commitment to the community of St. Helens and to providing high-paying jobs to Oregonians."</p><p>The $30 million expansion at the St. Helens site, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will more than double the plant's capacity while improving efficiencies. Under the terms of the forgivable loan, the company must maintain both the existing and new employees for a two-year period or else pay back a portion of the funds.</p><p>Cascade Tissue Group Oregon currently manufactures tissue paper for multiple customers on a single paper tissue machine in the former Boise Cascade Paper Mill in St. Helens. Cascade Tissue Group Oregon's operations were previously integrated and co-located with Boise Cascade's papermaking operations at the St. Helens site until December 2012, when Boise Cascade ceased its operations there.</p><p>Cascade Tissue Group is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascade produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed of mainly recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 workers at more than 100 plants in North America and Europe.</p> March 31, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to Brazil</h1> <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon director Tim McCabe and representatives from four Oregon businesses will be in Brazil this week to build relationships with this key emerging market in South America.</p><p>"While we have made much headway in Europe and Asia, and have long-standing relationships in both those markets, we must continue to broaden our reach into strong emerging markets such as Brazil," McCabe said.</p><p>The mission coordinates with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce with goals to promote Oregon as a place to do business, build relationships with companies and local officials, and tout Oregon companies and industries to Brazil.</p><p>Four Oregon small businesses joined Business Oregon to explore export opportunities: Warco/API International, Western Shelter Systems, Whites Electronics and Craftport.</p><p>The group will hold meetings in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro. McCabe will conduct presentations on Doing Business in Oregon at three American Chamber of Commerce events.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0;">Scheduled meetings include:</p> <ul style="margin-top: 4px;"> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">U.S. Commercial Service briefings</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">Invest Sao Paulo</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">AES Eletropaulo, (largest utility in Sao Paolo)</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">American Chamber of Commerce&#151;Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio Di Janeiro</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">Sao Paulo Secretariat of Energy</li> <li style="margin-bottom: 5px;">Rio Green Building industry</li> </ul> March 17, 2014 <h1>Airbnb Announces Move to Portland, Oregon</h1> <p><B>Portland, Ore.</b>&#151;Today a partnership of economic development organizations welcomes the news that Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, is opening its North American operational headquarters in Portland, Oregon.</p><p>Airbnb will employ 160 people at its new offices, expected to open later this summer. The Portland Development Commission (PDC), Business Oregon, Greater Portland Inc (GPI) and Worksystems, Inc., have been working in partnership with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to bring the company to the region. "This project bolsters an already strong and growing cluster of software firms and technology talent in Portland," said Patrick Quinton, PDC executive director. "We're especially pleased to welcome Airbnb to the Oldtown neighborhood and its emerging entrepreneurial scene."</p><p>Airbnb joins a list of software firms that have recently expanded in Oregon, from big names such as, Ebay and Garmin, to homegrown startups such as Puppet Labs, Urban Airship, Viewpoint Construction and Jama Software.</p><p>"Software has been a fast-growing complement to the tech manufacturing sector," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "I'm proud of the partnership of our organizations to take advantage of these opportunities and bring new jobs to Oregon."</p><p>All three organizations work together to market the state and the region around the U.S. as well as overseas for business expansion.</p><p>"The Greater Portland region continues to be a strong draw for companies like Airbnb," said Sean Robbins, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. "It's another proof point that Greater Portland has entered a new chapter in its economic history&#151;one in which global brands see the region as a place that they can invest and grow."</p><p>For more on Airbnb and its plans, visit the <a href="" target=_blank>company's blog post</a>.</p> March 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Launches Redesigned Industrial and Commercial Property Search Tool</h1> <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon launched a redesigned Web site, <a href="" target=_blank></a>, to serve as an industrial site selection and analysis tool to help spur economic development and investment in communities across the state.</p> <p> allows site selectors and commercial developers to more easily locate available properties in Oregon. In addition, the site offers detailed demographic, economic and business data about the community surrounding each property such as wages, consumer spending, labor force and housing information.</p> <p>"We want to make it as simple as possible for prospective industrial and commercial developers to find prime sites in the state," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "These sites hold the potential to create hundreds of high-paying jobs for Oregonians, and this new innovative tool can help turn that potential into reality."</p> <p>The Web site also is a helpful marketing resource for existing landowners and realtors to list their Oregon sites for lease or sale. It is free to list properties.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0px;">Business Oregon continuously looks for innovative approaches to facilitate economic growth, and this site offers some new features and improvements including:</p> <ul style="margin-top: 4px;"> <li>Simplified and intuitive search options make it easy for customers to find properties</li> <li>Expanded demographic and employment data for every property</li> <li>Business search allows users to build industry clusters visually</li> <li>More extensive community comparison and demographic tools</li> <li>Demographic mapping of more than 700 variables allows users to visualize demographic, employment and consumer spending data</li> <li>Simplified property listing functionality that streamlines data entry and management of multiple listings</li> </ul> <p>Listings, user logons and other account settings have been migrated over from the previous version. The site is now live, and training sessions for economic developers and land owners are being scheduled in the coming weeks.</p> March 12, 2014 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b><BR><h1>Oregon Small Business Lending Programs Awarded Additional $5.6 Million</h1></p> <P>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> March 10, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe Honored by Data Center Industry Leaders</h1> <p>Leaders of Oregon's booming data center industry will recognize Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe later today with their first ever Leadership Award at an event in Hillsboro. <p>McCabe will receive the recognition at the inaugural meeting of a new 7x24 Exchange chapter for Oregon and southwest Washington. The new chapter aims to promote thought leadership and best practices throughout the critical infrastructure sector. <p>The 7x24 Exchange Leadership Award recognizes McCabe's vision and passion to improve the region's critical infrastructure, his work to create a strong culture of cooperation and his excellent support of the data center industry. As a recipient of the award, McCabe will serve on an Advisory Committee to the chapter's new board, which includes representatives from Facebook, Google, Intel and Business Oregon. <p>"Tim McCabe has provided incredible leadership to Oregon's critical infrastructure providers and is being recognized for his strengthening of Oregon's economic climate and our industry," said Jim Linkous, president of the new 7x24 Exchange chapter and ViaWest's regional vice president of sales and general manager. "Oregon and the surrounding region has become home to many large data centers over the past few years, as it's an area with a very high quality talent base and strong technology ecosystem." <p>The new chapter's event, held tonight at Intel's Jones Farm campus, will feature an expert panel to discuss the major technology and business drivers behind the explosive growth in the data center industry and cloud computing. <p>As an international association specifically geared for critical infrastructure professionals, 7x24 Exchange is known as a "knowledge exchange" and is comprised of 23 chapters across the U.S., Europe and Middle East. <p> "Oregon's strong data center industry has created hundreds of high-paying jobs in some of Oregon's most economically challenged communities," McCabe said. "This industry provides essential services to nearly every business sector in the state and helps our economy grow. It's a great compliment to our high-tech sector. I'm very grateful for this award, and proud of the work we've been able to accomplish in the industry." <p> February 27, 2014 <h1>Oregon Exports Rise in 2013</h1> <p>The state's trade with China grew 27% over 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. The increased trade with China was highlighted by 122% growth in manufactured machinery exports and 36% growth in computer and electronic goods.</p><p>Oregon's trade with Pacific Rim remained paramount with significant exports to Japan and Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013.</p><p>In 2012, manufacturing made up 27.8 percent of Oregon's GDP, second highest in the nation. Overall, machinery exports grew 20% in 2013, valued at $1.6 billion, reflecting Oregon's position as one of the leading manufacturing states in the nation. Exports of computer and electronics grew 4.8%, and is by far Oregon's largest value export at $6.5 billion. Oregon's food processing industry continued to show strength with exports of value-added food products growing 4.3% in 2013.</p><p>"The export of high-quality, high-value Oregon products across the globe continues to drive the state's economic and employment growth," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon. "State export assistance grants, regional initiatives, as well as leadership at the federal level continues to spur export growth."</p><p>Oregon <a href="/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/">export promotion grants</a>, a majority of which are backed by the Small Business Administration, have helped 120 Oregon companies travel overseas to trade shows seeking foreign customers. Those companies are realizing an estimated $28 million in new revenue from only $483,000 in matching grants since 2012.</p><p>In addition, the International Trade Administration's <a href="" target=_blank>National Export Initiative</a>, begun in 2010, has put a new emphasis on increasing U.S. exports and is paying off with the U.S. selling more goods and services to the 95% of consumers who live outside of our borders. In 2012, U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion and supported 9.8 million jobs.</p> February 6, 2014