59 Flights to Oakland
flight departs at 8: 15 pm
59 Flights to San Jose
MARKET ACCESS TO ASIA
flight departs at 7: 55 pm
Being located on the West Coast, the Greater
Portland region provides a distinct advantage
compared to other areas in the country for
those companies needing to maintain Pacific
Rim business relationships. Whether maintaining communication during overlapping
business hours, or getting products to clients in
Asia more quickly, a business location in the
Portland region saves time and money.
ROBUST TRANSIT NETWORK
With a wide array of choices, Greater Portland
is known for its comprehensive, multimodal
transportation network. Regional businesses
consistently recognize that this is a critical asset
to their employees who value having a choice
of transportation options. Locating in a region
with such a robust transit network is a distinct
TriMet, the region’s public transportation agency
routes, 12 frequent service bus lines, five MAX
light rail routes, and the nation’s first suburb-to-suburb commuter rail, the Westside Express
Service (WES). In Portland’s urban core, the Portland Streetcar network offers two lines that cover
downtown and the central eastside. C-TRAN
operates out of Vancouver, Washington, with
28 bus routes, seven of which connect the City of
Vancouver to the City of Portland.
In addition to a variety of public transportation
options, the region has also made a substan-
tial investment in bicycle infrastructure, which
has resulted in significant increases to bicycle
ridership throughout the region. A recent Metro
Regional Portland study found that 4.6% of
regional commuters and 13% of commuters in
the central business district commute by bike.
The city is host to a handful of car-sharing
services such as Zipcar, Car2go, RelayRides, and
Getaround, and is also considering a bike-sharing
program. Private car app-based services Uber
and Lyft have recently become new transporta-
tion options for Portlanders who are looking for
convenient, cost-effective ways to get around.
The Portland region embraces sustainable
practices in all efforts ranging from land use,
transportation, to stormwater management. It
is more than government policy—it is a way
of life that companies and employees benefit
from by expanding in a region with clean air
and a healthy lifestyle.
Some notable facts about Portland include the
to national average of 13%
than U.S. average
of Washington’s by 2020.
compared to national average of 0.5%.
2013 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index.
• Portland is home to the highest concentration of LEED projects in the nation, has
more EV charging stations per capita than
anywhere else, and its main utility, Portland
General Electric, operates the nation’s leading
green power purchasing program.
is the nation’s first to install solar energy.
In Greater Portland, life ignites work. Young,
talented, and well-educated people flock here,
bent on building something better, something
more balanced and meaningful. Likewise,
the companies that choose to locate here are
pioneering new approaches to doing business.
Working together, they create a Greater Portland that continues to foster innovation and
growth across all sectors.
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 Web-trends, 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 billion, companies.
“The reality has changed for
Portland, but awareness, eco-
nomic strength and industry
strength resonates with the
big shiny story (of an) IPO,”