Oregon Economic Development

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Governor wants to boost Oregon’s economy with eco-friendly jobs

"There’s a tremendous opportunity in this region for green technology."

Scandinavia: Vision of Portland’s future? Portland ambassadors find transportation and sustainability inspiration while on a weeklong tour

“This whole trip was leaning more toward policy development than just meeting with businesses,” Mangan said, adding that Scandinavia can be viewed as a template for what the city aspires to be.

Oregon sets new high school diploma requirements

Beginning with the class of 2012, students must meet state standards in reading, math, writing and speech to graduate

Blueprint for Oregon’s Future

Called ”Envision Oregon,” these forums challenged more than 2,200 participants from over 140 towns and places in Oregon to describe their vision for Oregon’s future, and to help create strategies for making that vision a reality. They also formed the foundation for Blueprint for Oregon’s Future.

Portland Ambassadors host business leaders on a "best practices" trip to Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

The Portland Ambassadors’ first European Best Practices visit is the latest in a series of trips to top-rated, forward-thinking cities.

Greenlight Greater Portland – Study identifies the Portland-area industries to retain and the ones to recruit.

The analysis is taking a more detailed look at occupations. This step is important, because regions are competing increasingly on the "basket of skills" they produce.

Oregon Investment Fund beefs up local investments

Once the new fund is completed, the overall $108 million worth of investments will mark about a 25 percent increase from the end of 2006.

Creating Jobs Creates Sustainable Cities

Portland city officials are warming up to the idea that jobs are key to sustainable cities, and have proposed a plan to try to lure sustainable businesses to the city.

For startups, Portland area getting better. More programs are offering funds, advice to help new companies get off the ground

"We have a lot of potential, but without some successes we are just not going to attract venture capital money."

A new Oregon incubator called the Center of Excellence helps apparel, footwear startups

The Oregon Employment Department has estimated that the size of what it calls the apparel and sporting goods cluster will grow almost 13 percent to 21,500 jobs statewide by 2012.

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