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Priority: Jobs & Innovation

The Goal: Getting Oregonians Back to Work

"We need more than an economic recovery to improve the lives of Oregonians for the long term. 'Recovery' implies going back to doing things the way we did in the past -- we need economic reinvention."

-- Governor Kitzhaber, speaking at "Gateway to the Globe," April 26, 2012




Since the Governor took office:
    • Oregon's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in three years.
    • More than 25,000 new jobs have been created.
    • Oregon passed a balanced state budget, closing a $3.5 billion budget gap.
    • Oregon's credit rating has improved to AA+.
But the Governor won't stop until he's built an enduring prosperity that reaches all Oregonians, in every county.
Objective 1: Continue supporting policies that have helped Oregon become one of the top 10 states to do business in, and continue leveraging our global competitive advantage for industries like advanced manufacturing, clean and high technology, forestry products, and apparel.
Objective 2: Prepare Oregon's workforce for the 21st century economy -- providing job training to today's workers and ensuring early success in school for tomorrow's innovators, inventors, and employees.
Objective 3: Provide profound cost advantages by updating old, out-of-date systems such as health care, driving down the cost of doing business for Oregon's small and large businesses alike.
Objective 4: Allow the state to work as a business accelerator and barrier buster with streamlined regulations and local collaborative approaches to economic development.

The Oregon Advantage 

Oregon is a great place to do business, which is why we're ranked:

  • One of the Forbes' Top Ten best - states for business (Forbes, 2011)
  • The #1 location - for manufacturing (American Institute for Economic Research, 2011)
  • The #2 lowest taxes - on new investment (Ernst & Young C.O.S.T. Study, 2011)
  • One of the top 5 lowest effective - business tax rates (Ernst & Young C.O.S.T. Study, 2007-2011)
  • As having the best airport for business travel (Conde Nast, 2006-2010)


Business Oregon works to crete, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private patnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.

Oregon Film promotes the development of the film, video, and multimedia industry in Oregon and works to enhance the industry's revenues, profile, and reputation within Oregon and among the industry internationally. See why Oregon is home to great projects like Portlandia, Grimm, Leverage, Coraline and Paranorman.
WorkSource Oregon is a statewide network that stimulates job growth by connecting businesses and workers with the resources they need to succeed.
Regional Solution Centers are an innovative, collaborative approach to community and economic development in Oregon. Each of the five centers takes a bottom-up approach to development projects -- working at the local level to identify priorities, solve problems, and seize opportunities to complete projects. ​   




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