Several rural lawmakers are hoping to create a legislative package for small businesses in Oregon similar to the 30-year tax agreement created solely for Nike.
Portland will have $5.9 million in ongoing revenue to spend during the next five fiscal years.
Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 7.3% in November, its lowest point since September of 2008.
The Portland area is among the major metros with the smallest share of underwater mortgages, thanks to rapidly rising housing prices.
Gov. Kitzhaber is gathering business and political leaders to discuss a sales tax in Oregon.