Nike came close to building outside of Oregon

Nike came close to building outside of Oregon

Nike considered expanding outside of Oregon just days before Gov. Kitzhaber announced the company's in-state expansion, according to emails released by the state.

"If we cannot complete the Agreement and the legislation consistent with the company's immediate need for facilities, NIKE will continue to consider options outside of Oregon," attorney William F. Gary, of the law firm Harrang, Long, Gary, Rudnick, wrote in a Dec. 6 email to Keith Kutler, a state Department of Justice attorney.

The series of emails between attorneys for the Department of Justice and Nike reflected the detail and haste that unfolded before Kitzhaber held a news conference Dec. 10, summoning legislators to Salem for a special session. The session was needed to provide tax certainty for the company in exchange for its promise of a capital project valued at $150 million or more and the addition of at least 500 jobs.


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