Industry Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships

Here are some unique partnerships we are involved with to advance particular industries or address industry needs.


Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership (PNMP), a bi-state consortium of public and private partners, dedicated to accelerating advance manufacturing competitiveness and economic growth. PNMP received a federal IMCP designation that offers preferred access to federal technical expertise and grant funding to benefit Oregon and Southwest Washington advanced manufacturing industries. These industries apply innovative materials and engineering to transform products, or advanced manufacturing processes to retain or strengthen their competitive advantages. Learn more about PNMP

Oregon Food and Beverage Industry Roadmap
Business Oregon and other state partners brought together an Oregon Food and Beverage Leadership Steering Committee to produce a Food and Beverage Industry Road Map. The Road Map is intended to support a shared vision among industry leaders, policymakers and economic development professionals across Oregon regarding the opportunity to accelerate growth of the food and beverage industry through collaborative public-private partnerships.

From this work, we now have a complete industry analysis and road map PDF, along with the committee's executive summary PDF and prioritized recommendations.

Mass Timber
Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is a sustainable, wood product made of several layers of lumber boards stacked crosswise at 90-degree angles and glued into place to form a massive construction panel. CLT panels can be custom manufactured for applications such as floors, walls, and roofing, including multi-story and high-rise tall building construction. Oregon BEST and Business Oregon partnered with regional stakeholders to evaluate the potential of this advanced manufacturing opportunity in Oregon and Southwest Washington and to catalyze investments that support the rural economies of the region. 2017 Report by Oregon BEST


Trade and Logistics Initiative—Oregon exporters and importers face increased challenges moving goods to and from global markets with the departure of ocean container service at the Port of Portland. Business Oregon, along with the departments of Agriculture and Transportation, and the Port of Portland, partnered to identify interim shipping options to help Oregon small- and medium-sized businesses stay competitive in the global marketplace. Extensive outreach with hundreds of Oregon businesses produced a series of interim freight logistics solutions, some of which have been adopted by state legislators.