Business Oregon

Doing business in OregonOregon is home to thriving communities across diverse landscapes, from the coast to urban centers, to the mountains and high desert. Our companies craft a wide array of incredible products from outdoor gear to semiconductors. We compete on high quality and competitive business costs, and our collaborative approach with our local partners stands ready to meet the needs of business projects large and small.

— Sophorn Cheang, Director, Business Oregon
Doing business in Oregon
Portland is Oregon’s largest city with a population of 652,388. (Photo: Adobe Stock/Josemaria Toscano)


High Tech: Home to the Silicon Forest, the state’s concentration of high-tech companies has made a name for Oregon across the globe. Today there are more than 7,000 high-tech businesses statewide that provide nearly 82,000 jobs.

Forestry & Wood Products: Oregon is the largest softwood lumber producer in the U.S. With 30.5 million acres of forestlands, about 50% of the total landmass of the state is covered in forest.

Food & Beverages: Oregon is an iconic location for craft beer and wine, with the state’s pinot noir and IPAs recognized as some of the finest in the world. Building on Oregon’s diverse range of agricultural products, employment in the industry has grown quickly, increasing 34% over the past decade.


In fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023), there were 542 direct jobs created and 8,438 direct jobs retained at companies receiving financial assistance from Business Oregon.
Business Oregon also provides financial assistance to community development organizations and municipalities for community and infrastructure projects that benefit residents, businesses, and spur economic growth. In FY23, the agency funded more than 700 business, community, and infrastructure development projects totaling nearly $460 million.


Population (July 2022 est.): 4,240,137¹
Largest Cities (2020): Portland (652,388); Salem (175,806); Eugene (174,802); Gresham (114,637); Bend (99,533)¹
Real GDP (2022): $234.8 billion²

¹U.S. Census Bureau
²Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept. of Commerce


OMEP (Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership) is a program designated to grow businesses in the manufacturing industry. OMEP exists to provide skill-sharpening educational events, fuel strategic partnerships, and act as the entry point to an ecosystem of manufacturing resources.

Oregon Tech, Oregon Institute of Technology is a four-year polytechnic university with campuses in Southern Oregon and the Portland Metro area. Voted a top three public university by U.S. News and World Report, Oregon Tech responds to industry demand for the next generation of STEM workers.


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Top 10 Broadband Access
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Top 15 Manufacturing Output (% of GDP)
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Top 5 Best Business Climate (Small): Bend/Redmond
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Top 10 Smart Cities: Portland
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From the July / August 2023 issue of Business Facilities



Four Intel Projects Targeted For $8.5B CHIPS And Science Act Funds

U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed up to $8.5 billion in direct funding through the CHIPS and Science Act to advance Intel’s commercial semiconductor projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio and Oregon.
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Data Centers Grow Despite Fears Of ‘Complete Halt’

Northern Virginia and Portland, OR tied at No. 1 as top data center regions in North America, according to a Cushman & Wakefield report.

$90M CHIPS Act Funding To Spur Microchip Expansion In Colorado

The semiconductor maker expects to create 400 jobs at its existing site in Colorado with the funding, as well as to grow operations at an Oregon site.