Oregon Economic Development

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Take Another ‘Big Look’ In Oregon

Planners and politicians are calling for a revival of Oregon’s "Big Look" — a broad effort to refresh the state’s urban growth and land use planning policies.

A record gift for the University of Oregon: $74.5 million for science research and teaching

Lokey, who was born and raised in Portland but never attended UO, has given a total of $132 million to the university in the past four years. He said in an interview that giving to UO is his way of giving back to his home state.

Oregon Introduces Tax Credit to Donors Supporting University Research

“This tax credit is one of a kind,” Oregon State Treasurer Randall Edwards said. “No other state has a program where donors can receive such a generous tax credit in return for helping move research from lab to market,”

Portlanders Want A Future That’s Similar, But Better

Portlanders want to preserve the city’s progressive spirit and its caring, healthy, laid-back, environmentally conscious uniqueness. They also want to make sure all residents can share its prosperity.

Greenlight Greater Portland gears up

Portland is trying to align its economic development strategies around sustainability. So, not surprisiingly, a privately-led recruitment effort is focused on a handful of clusters: renewable energy, green-building technology, recycling technology and environmental practices sectors.

Oregon Colleges get easy test: Spend more cash

"It puts us on the right track, and it gives the campus hope that higher education may become more of a priority in this state."

Funding Frustration for Oregon’s Fund of Funds

The fact that so many of the firms investing Oregon’s money are based outside the state is inconsistent with the original mission, said David Garten, CEO of Eugene’s SeQuential Biofuels LLC. "Prudent investment of pension funds and targeted, local economic development don’t mix." Harold Bradley, chief investment officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Mo.

Oregon Governor Signs $28.2M Innovation Plan

Oregon lawmakers have agreed to fund nearly all of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s innovation proposals, including investments in seven new industry initiatives and the creation of two new signature research centers.

Oregon Innovation Council – 2007 Innovation Plan. Oregon Governor Signs $28.2M Innovation Plan

Throughout the course of human history, people
have found new ways to meet their needs by
inventing, applying and trading new technologies.
But recent advances in telecommunication
technologies—including the internet—along
with the global shift toward open, market-based
economies have made innovation “the single most
important ingredient in any modern economy.”

Solar firm plans Portland factory

The company cited Oregon’s efforts to nurture renewable sources of energy.