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The semiconductor industry is thriving in Oregon, and economic development officials anticipate more than $40 billion in new investments in the coming years that will create over 6,300 jobs. Officials credit the growth to the $500 million in incentives lawmakers approved in 2022. These incentives include $240 million in grants and loans for new and expanded facilities and $255 million tax credits for advanced research. At least 15 companies are receiving funding, including startups and those that already have a presence in the state, such as Intel, Jireh Semiconductor, Lam Research and Stratacache.

“As the governor of this great state, I am excited about the positive impact that Intel's expansions and partnerships will have on Oregon's technology landscape and the future of our workforce. This collaboration highlights our state's commitment to fostering economic prosperity and diversity through education and innovation.”
Tina Kotek


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Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF): Offers a flexible tool for job retention and creation, often used as forgivable loans helping businesses expand in Oregon.

Business Expansion Program (BEP): Offers a cash incentive based on the estimated increase in new per- sonal income tax revenue resulting from the new hires.

Enterprise Zones: Offers a three- to five-year ex- emption from local property taxes on new plant and equipment for expansion with longer terms available in rural areas.

Strategic Investment Program (SIP): Exempts a portion of very large capital investments from property taxes for 15 years.

Oregon Investment Advantage (OIA): Helps business- es start or locate new types of operations in a number of counties by providing an income tax subtraction, potentially eliminating state income tax liability on new operations.


Business Oregon

Oregon’s Economic Development Districts

Prosper Portland

Strategic Economic Development Corporation


Developed by the Futures Commission, the Oregon Innovation Plan aims to orient the state economy around innovation. The four strategies are to foster ideation, strengthen the innovation ecosystem, catalyze risk capital and promote the state as place to start and grow an innovative company.


  • Microchip Technology announced in March 2023 an expansion and 300 new jobs at its production facility inGresham.
  • Roseburg Forest products announced in April 2023 a $700 million expansion and 120 new jobs.
  • Analog Devices announced in July 2023 a $1 billion expansion at investment in Beaverton.
  • Lithium battery maker QPO Energy announced in September 2023 an expansion at its operations in Tualatin.
  • Intel announced in October 2023 a major expansion at Gordon Moore Park at Ronler Acres in Hillsboro.


  • Nike (Fortune 500 headquarters)
  • Lithia Motors (Fortune 500 headquarters)
  • Greenbrier
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Portland General Electric
  • Teledyne FLIR

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.