With exceptional access to the outdoors
and a terrific food and beverage scene, the
region has defined itself as a world-class
destination. Because of this culture, once
employees come to Greater Portland, they
never want to leave.
Just a few of the unique regional advantages
• Only year-round skiing in the United
States at Mt. Hood, which is an hour
away from downtown Portland.
• Over 350 miles of largely undevel-oped coastline, with guaranteed full
public access, as close as an hour’s
• A food lover’s paradise: More than 50
farmers markets and organic restaurants, 112 wineries, and 360 coffee
shops. Also, numerous startups in the
form of “food cart pods” throughout
the city allow entrepreneurs to launch a
restaurant at low cost.
• Over 280 mountain bike trails in Oregon
• A “Beervana”: With 91 breweries and
counting, Greater Portland has more
than any other region globally.
SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH
With strong support for locally and hand-made goods and niche markets, Portland has
the second-highest average revenue in the U. S.
for businesses with fewer than 250 employees
or under $10 million average revenue.
CONNECTIVITY TO THE REST
OF THE WORLD
Air service is easily accessible with the
Portland International Airport (PDX)
A new generation of software companies is fueling Portland’s technology
renaissance with IPOs. In fact, in
2014, Oregon attracted $283 million
in venture capital, a 5-year high, and
lured top talent.
At the forefront of this growth are IT
automation software maker Puppet Labs,
marketing automation software maker
Act-On Software, and Web analytics
company Webtrends, and several other
small startups, including Elemental Technologies, Urban Airship, Jama Software,
Opal Labs, Lytics, and Janrain.
“An IPO is the signal that you are going
very big with growth capital into the
public markets,” said Diane Fraiman, a
Portland-based partner with Seattle’s
Voyager Capital, in a recent Portland
Business Journal article. She added
that it will also broadcast to the global
tech community that Portland is a city
that can grow $500 million, or even $1
“The reality has changed for Portland,
but awareness, economic strength and
industry strength resonates with the big
shiny story (of an) IPO,” Fraiman said.
Photos courtesy of Travel Portland