CEO Guide to Site Selection



In the summer of 2022, Business Oregon announced the completion of its Plan for a Balanced Economic Recovery, a report that looked at how the agency and state government can support equitable outcomes as the state recovers from the pandemic. The plan is built on a foundation of input from a broad list of stakeholders, including 220 participants in six regional forums, 120 people in focus groups and 289 survey responses. They recommended strategies to increase access to capital and extend broadband infrastructure. The plan also recommends adopting existing infrastructure funding programs to incentivize municipally owned residential infrastructure and to work with private industry to improve childcare access.

“Oregoinians don’t back down when things get hard. We dig in, we think outside the box and we get the job done. Together, we will move Oregon forward.”
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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 In- novation 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.


  • Genentech announced in March 2021 a $175 million expansion and 100 new jobs at its facility in Hillsboro.
  • Facebook announced in March 2021 it would construct a $2 billion data center in Prineville.
  • Portland-based Expensify announced in November 2021 the first tech IPO in the state since 2004.
  • Amazon announced a $127 million fulfillment center and 1,800 new jobs in Woodburn.
  • Portland AI healthcare startup Carta landed a $20 mil- lion investment round in November 2022.
  • Oregon State University announced in October 2022 plans for a $200 million research and education center to focus on AI, materials science and robotics.


  • 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.