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Press Release: February 24, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber and Business Oregon Unveil Business-friendly Web Tools and Services

Assisting Oregon Companies with Resources to Help Compete Globally for New Jobs

(Salem)  — Governor Kitzhaber today unveiled Oregon Advantage, a web-based resource to help new and existing business owners grow their companies and create jobs in Oregon.  The new web site provides direct access to financial and development services.

The “Oregon Advantage” web portal – accessible from the Governor’s web site – illustrates the numerous competitive advantages Oregon offers companies worldwide.  The website houses a comprehensive list of business-friendly resources available at various levels of government and offers a way for businesses to connect with experts in their local area regarding their business needs.

“We know Oregon is open for business,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Oregon Advantage now lets the rest of the world know as well. These resources allow new and existing Oregon companies to get to work quickly and efficiently, providing jobs across the state.”

These streamlined web resources are hosted by Business Oregon, the state’s Business Development Department, at www.oregon4biz.com, and are also accessible through the Governor’s web site at governor.oregon.gov. New and updated content includes:


     1.  The Oregon Advantage: A web portal communicating critical information about
         Oregon's competitive business environment, linked to a searchable database of available
         certified industrial properties, and an intake form where site selectors can directly
         communicate with Oregon's national recruitment manager.

    2.  More Business Support: A list of organizations at the local, regional, state and federal 
         level that offer economic development resources to Oregon companies.

    3.  Grow Your Business: Additional updated content is available under this section that
         communicates the services and tools available from Business Oregon to help existing
         Oregon companies grow their business here in Oregon.

For existing companies, these web-based resources make it easier to see what tools are available to help them grow. For site selectors looking for ideal business location, it provides a single location to get all the information they need.

“We have a one-stop shop where site selectors from around the world can quickly see why Oregon is a great place to do business,” said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. “While the bulk of our efforts are focused on helping existing Oregon companies grow their businesses, we also want new companies to move here and employ Oregonians.”

Media Contacts:
Ian Greenfield, Governor's Office, 503-689-6117
Marc Zolton, Business Oregon, 503-986-0101

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