— Governor Kitzhaber today announced two key appointments to positions focused on statewide economic development. The Governor appointed Sean Robbins as the new director of Business Oregon. If confirmed by the Oregon Senate, Robbins will replace Tim McCabe, who retires later this year. The Governor also named Vince Porter as his senior policy advisor on jobs and the economy.
"Oregon’s economy is moving in the right direction. We need to maintain our focus to ensure our economic recovery reaches every corner of the state," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Sean and Vince both have proven track records and hands-on experience in economic development. Both are ready to get to work, leveraging Oregon’s natural assets and homegrown talent to generate new opportunities for communities large and small."
Robbins comes to Business Oregon from Greater Portland Inc, where he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, GPI has joined with state and local partners to attract more than 1,000 new jobs to the region, teamed with the Brookings Institution to launch an initiative aimed at doubling the export economy, and broadened collaboration between private and public sector leaders. Robbins holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
If confirmed by the Senate, Robbins will begin his new job on June 1, following McCabe’s retirement after six years leading Business Oregon. McCabe's career includes working in the Governor's Office and at PacifiCorp.
Governor Kitzhaber thanked McCabe for his service to Oregon. "Tim has been an incredible asset to Oregon, working tirelessly for communities in every region of the state," said the Governor. "I am proud of the work he has accomplished, from helping small businesses access capital, to furthering our innovation strategy with the Oregon Innovation Council, to expanding Oregon's international presence through export assistance and business trade missions. Tim has carried out our economic development policy with great professionalism and enthusiasm."
As the Governor’s Jobs and Economy Policy Advisor, Vince Porter will build on his experience as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and TV, where he has served since 2008. In this role, he has helped strengthen Oregon’s film and television industries, recruiting record amounts of production spending in the state over a two-year cycle. Prior to joining the state, Porter was Vice President of production at Showtime Networks from 1996 to 2008. He received his Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, where he majored in telecommunication. He begins his new position on April 7. Photo of Sean RobbinsPhoto of Vince Porter