The City of Portland Economic Development Strategy has a goal of creating 10,000 jobs within the next five years through an industry cluster strategy. The initiative has fostered some promising projects for job growth within the Portland metro area.
FedEx's new 447,000-square-foot shipping facility in Troutdale is humming with activity as the company prepares for the holiday madness. Local managers have hired part time and full time workers and employment at the facility is up to 550 jobs and growing.
Pendleton Woolen Mills and Levi Strauss and Co. launched a collaborative collection of men's and women's trucker jackets last week, intended for buyers of American-made products. It's the latest in a series of apparel collaborations for the iconic Oregon company that manages 75 stores and employs 900 people.
Just months after opening its fourth course in June, the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has completed the permitting process to add a fifth course to its collection of world-class links golf courses, providing more games along the coastal sand dunes, the environment in which the game originated.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has closed its 75th Anniversary year with record attendance and revenue numbers. Despite the rainy Oregon summer and the weak economy, the OSF sold 414,783 tickets (94% of capacity) and earned $18.5 million, an increase of 8% over 2009.
Once the busiest exporter of lumber in the world, the International Port of Coos Bay no longer booms with business, and neither does the area around it. Now the Southwestern coastal area is exploring ways to trade big timber for small businesses generating income from tourism.
- Foreclosures will not budge, and neither will some homeowners
- The hair design business keeps growing
- California’s brain drain is Oregon’s gain
- Change brightens lighting opportunities
- Lululemon's ground-level business strategy
- Oregon ARRA funds go to Washington businesses
- Oregon Zoo cashes in on dinosaur fever
- Subsidies dry up for green business