Community residents enjoy the convenience of small neighborhood retail areas,
while downtown and Lake Grove commercial centers draw both locals and visitors to
enjoy shopping, service and dining options.
The Kruse Way district, with more than
two million square feet of Class A office
space, is a regional employment center with
convenient freeway access and proximity
to amenities and services. Downtown Lake
Oswego, Lake Grove, and surrounding light
industrial areas offer convenient employment opportunities.
Milwaukie is a thriving small city with big
plans. And, the city has the commitment to
make these plans happen, which comes
from the top and runs through the entire city
Milwaukie is next to the growing urban
metropolis of Portland and its location
provides unique advantages: easy access
to big city infrastructure without the heavy
costs, with a skilled and educated workforce.
The City’s economic development goal is to
actively assist existing Milwaukie compa-nies, and also to support those seeking to
locate or expand in Milwaukie. Its team can
help solve problems and find the business
resources needed to grow.
Milwaukie is home to a broad mix of
national traded sector companies, state of
the art manufacturing, cutting edge creative
industries, well-known food and beverage
producers, and healthcare leaders, as well as
small niche businesses. Some of Milwaukie’s
key traded sector employers include: Bob’s
Red Mill, Meggett Industries, Precision
Castparts, Blount International, Dark Horse
Comics, and Dave’s Killer Bread.
Milwaukie’s location is exceptional, with
quality properties at a competitive rate
and an excellent transportation network
on major highway routes. Countless key
metro locations are mere minutes from the
City. Milwaukie is served by seven TriMet
bus lines; the Portland-Milwaukie light rail
Orange line links downtown Milwaukie to
Portland State University, Oregon Health
& Science University, inner Southeast Portland, and Downtown Portland.
Milwaukie’s amenities include affordable
housing, regional bicycle trails, an active arts
community, and a famous farmers market.
With the completion of Phase II of Milwaukie
Riverfront Park, residents and visitors to
Milwaukie can now enjoy the park’s new
boat ramp and floating dock, an expansive
lawn for lounging, gatherings or festivals, and
spectacular views of the Willamette River and
Elk Rock Island. Milwaukie has a small town
feel and true neighborhood pride while being
minutes from downtown Portland.
Molalla is located 30 miles southeast of
Portland, and is a rural community of about
9,000 residents. Legend explains that the
town grew from the intersection of two
Native American trails, one running east-
west, and the other heading north-south.
Today that crossing is the intersection of
Molalla Avenue and Main Street, which
provides the origin of the city’s four quad-
rants. Lumber became the community’s
largest commodity over the years until the
1980’s; however Christmas trees are still a
significant contributor to the local economy
today. The city has focused on diversifying
its economic base in recent years, with
manufacturing and commercial investments.
Residents and tourists alike enjoy the abun-
dance of outdoor recreation like fishing,
hunting, kayaking, rafting, camping, and
horseback riding. Every year, the Molalla
Buckeroo professional rodeo and the Ross
Coleman Invitational draw top-ranked
cowboys in from across the county providing
great bull riding action for spectators.
Oregon City is at the south end of the Portland metro area, 13 miles south of Portland,
just below the horseshoe-shaped Willamette
Falls, on the Willamette River. Oregon City
is the first incorporated city west of the
Rockies, established in 1829. Once the State
Capital of Oregon, Oregon City is now
home to about 36,000 residents and a
booming, revitalized downtown district –
Main Street. The strip of shops, boutiques,
restaurants, and beer and wine venues are
frequented by Oregon City residents and
tourists, who enjoy the eclectic mix of shops,
and small town, close proximity feel.
Oregon City is home to Benchmade, a
manufacturer of high-end cutlery. The
community is served by Clackamas Community College, Oregon City High School, and
a public school district of two middle schools
and of 10 elementary schools. Residents
enjoy over 22 parks in Oregon City, and
access to the Willamette and Clackamas
rivers, which are boundaries to neighboring
cities West Linn, and Gladstone, respectively.