About Business Oregon

Business Oregon is the state's economic development agency.

The Business Oregon Commission oversees the agency's activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.


Business Oregon invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy.


Prosperity for all Oregonians.

Chris Cummings, Interim Director

Chris Cummings Chris Cummings is currently the Interim Director of Business Oregon, while he also serves in his role as Assistant Director of Economic Development. Chris first joined Business Oregon in February 2016 as the Assistant Director of Infrastructure Finance and the Executive Director of the Infrastructure Finance Authority. In January 2017, the agency reorganized and Chris Cummings became the Assistant Director of Economic Development.

Prior to joining the agency, Chris served as Program Manager of Oregon Department of Transportation's Freight Planning Program working to ensure a robust, efficient freight transportation system. He brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 15 years of experience in economic development, project management, and capital construction and planning.

Chris graduated from Rowan University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Law/Justice and Rutgers University with a Master of Public Administration from his home state of New Jersey. Now an Oregonian, Chris enjoys fishing, golf, and camping with his family.

Activities and Affiliates

Business Oregon also houses the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust administer both federal and state investments in arts and culture. Additionally, Business Oregon acts as a fiscal agent for the Oregon Film and Video Office (OFVO). OFVO promotes statewide development of the film, video and multimedia industry in Oregon to enhance the industry's revenues, profile and reputation.

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