Greater Portland is not only the region’s cultural
hub, but it also occupies center stage in the state’s
positive economic health as a hotbed for a number
of industries – including technology, athletic and
outdoor apparel, healthcare, and manufacturing.
For example, Portland is often dubbed the
In fact, tech companies offer a veritable cornu-
“Silicon Forest” because of the plethora of tech-
nology companies that have chosen to make their
home here and its proximity to high tech cities
San Francisco and Seattle. Portland counts tech
industry stalwarts Intel (its top-ranking private
employer), Google, and Oracle among the many
top companies with operations in the metro area,
along with newcomers such as eBay, Mozilla,
Airbnb, and Salesforce.com.
copia of employment opportunities for those
relocating here, with companies that have chosen
to establish operations in Greater Portland for its
high quality of life, West Coast presence, and rela-
tively low cost of living compared to its neighbors.
It’s for these reasons and more that Forbes ranked
Portland third in its list of 200 best U.S. metropol-
itan areas for business and careers.