#44 Oregon


3.50 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

5.62 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

6.80 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?


State Profile

The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Portland is a collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, technique, and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training. OMIC is modeled after The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at University of Sheffield with Boeing in Sheffield, England.

Key Industries

Manufacturing

Key Companies

Columbia Sportswear
Digimarc Corp.
Electro Scientific
Great Ajax Corp.
Lithia Motors
Nike
Precision Castparts

Key Contacts

Business Oregon

Chris Harder, Director
503-229-5009
775 Summer St NE, Ste 200,
Salem, OR 97301-1280
chris.harder@oregon.gov
http://www.oregon4biz.com/

CEO Comments

“Small businesses are fleeing from Oregon, especially Multnomah County (Portland) in record numbers. Oregon is unfriendly toward small businesses. Seems they are out to put small businesses out of business by taxing and regulating us to death. I know of no small businessman who likes being located in Oregon.”

“Oregon has raised the minimum wage, like California and Washington, but provides only the 47th highest high school graduation levels. There is a disconnect between competitive wages. However, the ‘livability’ is so high that the jobless rates are very, very low. Feedback to the legislature does connect their decisions to classic micro-economics.”

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