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What do you get when you mix first-class urban services, a low-cost, business
friendly environment, easy access to the larger Portland metro area, and a growing
population – served up alongside diverse cultural and recreational amenities?
Growing recognition as a place where businesses prosper…and designation as the
“coolest suburb” outside Portland.
Here in the city of Forest Grove, 25 miles west of Portland, we are gaining a
reputation as both a thriving business hub and afterhours’ entertainment mecca.
The latter is what prompted the Thrillist travel website to name Forest Grove one
of “The Coolest Suburbs in America’s 35 Biggest Metro Areas.” The post’s criteria,
a place with unique or historic elements and a good food/drink scene, couldn’t
describe us better. Our selection of eateries and libation purveyors alone – from a
British-style Pub to Peruvian cuisine, Hawaiian comfort food to east-west fusion,
sake and beer breweries to abundant wineries – combined with a walkable, historic downtown of art galleries and shops, is what makes Forest Grove unique.
But let’s get back to business…which is booming. In 2016-17, there were
more than 350,000 square feet of industrial/commercial new construction and
expansions under way, representing nearly a $50 million investment. Compa-nies enlarging their Forest Grove footprints include some of our long-standing
food-processors such as Old Trapper, which is tripling its space, and newer arrivals
such as Chaucer Freeze Dried Foods, which located its first U.S. plant here in
2015. Other projects include a cabinet manufacturer, new restaurants, office and
retail space, and expansion of the city’s renowned McMenamin’s Grand Lodge, an
ecletic, mini-resort offering food, lodging, a theater and more. These companies
join our already diverse business base that includes high-tech industries, metal
manufacturers and the highly regarded Pacific University.
Not surprisingly, this is what happens when you can offer all the right ingredients for growth – progressive policies, low-cost utilities, no business tax, affordable land, some carrots (in the form of Enterprise Zone incentives) – and a decided
lack of red tape. “Forest Grove has all the urban amenities without the big city
headaches,” says John Schwan, Senior Director of TTM Technologies.
Besides having access to some of the most affordable land in Washington
County – most in prime locations near state highways – our businesses can tap
into a well-educated, diversely skilled work force. “We were able to find really
skilled workers who have stayed with us and helped double our business in six
years,” notes Brad Durham, general manager of Usher Precision Manufacturing.
And the icing on this cake: affordable housing, with some 775 new single-family
homes and apartment units expected in the next few years.
And that returns us to a key point, noted by Thrillist. Forest Grove isn’t just
a great place for doing business; you can work, live AND play here. All those
business advantages are set against a backdrop of exceptional lifestyle amenities.
Besides our reputation as an epicenter for culinary- and agri-tourism, our prime
Pacific Northwest location means there is the full gamut of recreational opportunities at our doorstep, including golfing, biking, hiking and fishing. And did we
mention a full slate of community events? For more information on activities “In
The Grove,” see http://forestgrove-or.gov/community/page/visitors
Ready to discover us? Come visit and stay awhile. We’re “cool” with that.