Business Oregon News RSS http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php en <h1>Business Oregon Brings Together State Agencies to Study Endangered Plant and Promote Economic Growth</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p><B>Klamath Falls</b>&#151;After hearing the concerns of elected officials, business leaders, and citizens, Business Oregon and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) have teamed up to advance a native plant study as part of a larger effort to improve infrastructure at the Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Airport. Business Oregon identified this collaborative opportunity during the first of its 11 Regional Economic Forums being held across the state.</p><p>At the request of the Governor's South Central Regional Solutions Team and local officials, including State Senator Doug Whitsett, Business Oregon will provide $18,000 to fund the environmental study, which is a key component of the overall airfield improvement project. The scheduled taxiway construction and related improvements are designed, in part, to better enable takeoffs and landing for air tankers fighting forest fires.</p><p>"The Crater Lake-Klamath Airport Regional Airport is a critical driver of the Klamath Basin economy," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "After our recent visit and the July 16 community forum in Klamath Falls, it was clear the best way we could help in the near-term was to meet the funding gap for this conservation study. I'm pleased we could respond so quickly with a signed agreement to move forward."</p><p>Crater Lake-Klamath Falls Regional Airport is home to the largest remaining population in the world of Applegate's milkvetch, a rare plant that is both state- and federally-listed as endangered. The consultation work, supervised by the ODA, will help craft a management solution that facilitates the essential infrastructure upgrades while preserving the integrity of the milkvetch population and its airport habitat. A mitigation plan that meets state and federal conservation guidelines is required before Federal Aviation Administration funding of as much as $7.7 million to support the new taxiway can be released.</p><p>"This is a great example of successful collaboration at the state level to address important local and regional issues," said ODA Director Katy Coba. "We were able to align funding from one agency with the subject matter expertise of another through coordination provided by the Regional Solutions Team. This is the type of teamwork Oregonians want to see as part of good government."</p><p>The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport is home to the 173rd Fighter Wing of Oregon's Air National Guard, the second-largest employer in Klamath Falls, with approximately 900 workers at the adjacent Kingsley Field. The Guard provides an estimated annual economic impact of roughly $118 million and the proposed taxiway development will allow the Guard to safely continue operations.</p><p>According to the city of Klamath Falls, the airport provides 750 jobs either at the site, or within the community, in aviation-related businesses and industries located on or adjacent to the field. In addition, the airport produces an estimated $85 million more in positive economic impacts for the Klamath Basin region.</p> August 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Delegation of Five Oregon Outdoor Gear Companies to OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon will lead an Oregon delegation of five outdoor gear and apparel companies to the OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014 trade show in Germany this week.</p><p>Another 13 Oregon outdoor firms will also either appear at the show or promote themselves in the Oregon Outdoor booth. The <a href="http://www.outdoor-show.com/" target=_blank>OutDoor Friedrichshafen show</a> takes place July 10-13 and is considered Europe's premier outdoor industry event, featuring more than 900 exhibitors from 40 countries showcasing their products and services.</p><p>"Nike and Columbia Sportswear aren't here by accident. Oregon has emerged as a global leader in the outdoor gear and apparel industry, in part because we are the place where customers come to play and to push their gear to the limit," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That is why we work hard every day to help Oregon's outdoor gear designers and manufacturers find customers all around the world so they can grow back here in Oregon."</p><p>Business Oregon will provide <a href="/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/">export assistance grants</a> to five firms to help defray their costs of attending the show. Those companies include Oregon City's <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/CTF.php" target=_blank>FixnZip</a>, climbing pack maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/Cilo-Gear.php">CiloGear</a>, climbing apparel maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/NW-Alpine.php" target=_blank>NW Alpine</a>, stainless steel bottle maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/Hydro-Flask.php" target=_blank>Hydro Flask</a> and ultralight equipment maker <a href="http://www.oroutdoor.com/At-Outdoor/Six-Moon-Designs.php" target=_blank>Six Moon Designs</a> of Beaverton.</p><p>Business Oregon offers matching grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon companies to help defray the expense of traveling to trade shows around the world, and can also provide technical assistance and expertise to Oregon companies seeking export markets for their products.</p><p>Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded 240 Grants totaling $804,303 to 222 different Oregon companies. As a result, these Oregon firms report an estimated $29 million in immediate sales, and another $105 million in projected future sales as a result of the trade shows appearances.</p> July 9, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Delegation of Six Oregon Companies to the National Innovation Summit</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon will lead an Oregon delegation of six technology companies as well as university representatives as they present their ideas for new technologies at the third <a href="http://nationalinnovationsummit.com/" target=_blank>National Innovation Summit</a> June 15-18 in Washington, D.C.</p><p>The effort to commercialize and develop the new technologies comes from the ongoing efforts of Oregon's technology sector in conjunction with the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) as well as Oregon State University, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon.</p><p>"The National Innovation Summit provides an exceptional opportunity to showcase the type of groundbreaking new technologies innovators in Oregon are producing," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "The results coming out of our investment in the Oregon Innovation Council are tangible, bringing entrepreneurs, university researchers and venture capital together to kick-start new ideas that turn into new companies that turn into new jobs for Oregon."</p><p>The six Oregon companies attending the event are: Microflow CVO, Inc.; AMES Technology, Inc.; SupraSensor Technologies; Beet Inc.; VoxtelNano; and OnTo Technologies. In addition, representatives from the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST), two of Oregon InC's Signature Research Centers, will attend the innovation showcase.</p><p>One of the goals of the Oregon delegation is to highlight at least 11 new technologies in the areas of advanced materials, energy and biotechnology developed here in Oregon. The Summit affords opportunities to connect these emerging technologies with private sector and government funding.</p><p>The National Innovation Summit was started in response to calls by the White House and the U.S. Congress for innovation commercialization initiatives. The meeting is believed to be the world's largest showcase of industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization.</p><p>The National Innovation Showcase will be held in conjunction with the National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference. The SBIR and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs, which encourage small businesses to engage in federal research and development work in order to achieve commercialization for emerging technologies. At this year's SBIR Conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers.</p> June 13, 2014 <h1>Japanese Advanced Manufacturing Officials Visit Oregon This Week, Learn About Business Opportunities</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon leads top executives from 14 Japanese advanced manufacturing firms on a brief tour later this week, meeting with Oregon business leaders and learning firsthand of the state's strengths as a business and investment location.</p><p>The three-day tour of both large and small manufacturers and technology companies came about as a direct result of five-years-worth of relationship building which occurred during several trips to Japan by Business Oregon and the Governor's office. During these business development missions, Business Oregon hosted numerous "Doing Business in Oregon" seminars for dozens of Japanese firms and their top officials to encourage them to consider possible direct investment and/or expansion here in Oregon.</p><p>This week, in partnership with<i> Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun</i>, the leading Japanese daily technology and manufacturing newspaper, Business Oregon will host some of those Japanese executives here in Oregon.</p><p>"We are very excited to show our friends from Japan how attractive and competitive our state's business environment is for foreign direct investment," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "The team at Business Oregon has developed good relationships with dozens of leading Japanese firms and we are hopeful that their visit here this week will lead to future investment and, ultimately, jobs and prosperity for Oregonians."</p><p>Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will host activities for the visiting executives including tours of successful global companies' manufacturing operations and headquarters campus tours. There also will be a seminar with information on Oregon's business climate, key industries and tax structure as well as evening receptions and events with local business and economic development leaders.</p><p>The majority of the companies will be represented by a top-level, senior executive and come from advanced manufacturing industries such as metals processing, chemicals and plastic materials. Many regional partners came together to make the event happen, including PDC, Greater Portland Inc, PGE, Port of Portland, Metro, Mackenzie, CBRE, InSpec Group, Majestic Realty, Lane Powell PC, Perkins & Co., SEDCOR, Clackamas County and the cities of Hillsboro, Gresham and Beaverton.</p> June 3, 2014 <h1>OAC Announces New Executive Director</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>Visit the Oregon Arts Commission Web site to <a href="http://www.oregonartscommission.org/sites/default/files/news/file/2014-06-03_OAC-Announces-New-Executive-Director.pdf">read the release.</a></p> June 3, 2014 <p><B>From the Office of the Governor</b></p><h1>Governor Kitzhaber Signs Declaration of Cooperation to Support Innovation, New Jobs and Regional Economy</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_052814a.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> May 28, 2014 <h1>World Trade Week Highlights Export Growth Opportunities for Oregon Companies</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon and local partners will host a week of events to showcase available export assistance that can help Oregon small- and medium-sized businesses seize growing export opportunities for their companies.</p> <p>This "International Road Show" will take place during World Trade Week May 19-23 in Portland, Bend, Salem, Redmond, Eugene, Corvallis, Hood River and Warm Springs. The meetings and presentations are excellent opportunities for Oregon companies to learn about assistance available from state, local and federal government agencies designed to help companies find new customers by selling into foreign markets.</p> <p>"The International Road Show events provide great opportunities for Oregon companies looking to expand their customer base across the world and increase revenues," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "These events highlight critical resources including Business Oregon's overseas-based experts to answer questions and give advice on how Oregon companies can access these markets."</p> <p>The events include presentations on opportunities in the European Union, Greater China (including the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Japan and South Korea. In addition, other presentations will focus on export opportunities in key Oregon industry clusters such as aviation, outdoor gear and activewear, bioscience, clean technology and green building.</p> <p>Many companies, such as <a href="http://www.wctcorporation.com/" target=_blank>World Class Technology</a> and <a href="http://www.toughguard.com/" target=_blank>Toughguard International</a>, attended Road Show events in the past and then followed up with Business Oregon's global trade specialists to secure Export Promotion grants to help finance appearances at trade shows around the globe. Participation in those trade shows resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in new sales for the companies.</p> <p>In fact, since 2012, Business Oregon issued 203 Export Promotion Grants totaling $661,243 to 157 companies to help them appear at trade shows around the world. Along with those grants comes expertise and guidance on the process of exporting, as well as assistance finding distributors and customers. Those grants have resulted in a reported return on investment of $26 million in immediate export sales and $80 million in expected future sales as a result of the grant-funded activity.</p> <p>In 2013, the state's trade with China grew 27% over 2012. 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 in 2013 with significant exports to Japan and South Korea as well as Canada. Oregon exports were valued at $18.6 billion in 2013.</p> <p>Many partners make this year's events possible, including: the city of Portland, Greater Portland Inc, Oregon Consular Corps, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific NW International Trade Assoc., Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, Port of Portland and the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Portland.</p> <p>See the <a href="/tradeweek/">full schedule of events and online registrations</a>. Registration is required for all events.</p> May 15, 2014 <h1>Oregon InC Releases Requests For Proposals For New Ideas To Spur Innovation and Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) 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 a 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="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/</a>. Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.</p><p>The current 2013-15 Innovation Plan comprised of seven initiatives is available at <a href="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/</a>.</p> May 1, 2014 <h1>Oregon InC Releasing RFP on May 1st For New Ideas To Spur Innovation and Jobs</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <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="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/</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="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/">www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/.</a></p> April 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Leads Business Development Mission to Japan and Taiwan</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <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> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon's global trade and recruitment teams will travel with representatives of seven Oregon companies to <a href="http://www.hannovermesse.de/home" 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="http://www.oregon4biz.com/Grow-Your-Business/Export-assistance/" 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="http://www.ormanufacturing.com/Industrial/" 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> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <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> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <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> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <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 Salesforce.com, 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="http://blog.airbnb.com/airbnb-portland" target=_blank>company's blog post</a>.</p> March 14, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Launches Redesigned Industrial and Commercial Property Search Tool</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <p>SALEM&#151;Business Oregon launched a redesigned Web site, <a href="http://www.oregonprospector.com/" target=_blank>oregonprospector.com</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>Oregonprospector.com 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> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <P>Please visit the Governor's Web site to <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media_room/Pages/press_releases/press_031014.aspx" target=_blank>read the release.</a></p> March 10, 2014 <h1>Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe Honored by Data Center Industry Leaders</h1> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <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> http://www.oregon4biz.com/dev/www/BOR/news.php <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="http://trade.gov/nei/" 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