Economic Development

Economic Development: Forest Grove

Forest Grove’s amenities have made the city a prime area for business relocation. Adjacent to Beaverton and Hillsboro, home to Oregon’s Silicon Valley, and only 37 miles from Portland International Airport and just 8 miles from Hillsboro Airport, the city offers convenient urban access with significantly lower costs. Affordable industrial and commercial land, paired with low power costs, and complemented by cutting edge technology services and infrastructure make Forest Grove a best bet for your business’ bottom line. An experienced and entrepreneurial City staff is ready to advocate for businesses to make the site selection and permitting processes a piece of cake. If you’re still not convinced, keep in mind the low state and local taxes, plus Enterprise Zone tax incentives for qualifying businesses. Add to that unprecedented access to a highly skilled regional workforce and Forest Grove becomes as close to a sure thing as you’ll find anywhere in the country.

Forest Grove Economic Development Council

The council is made up of community members, business owners and government officials who work to build a strong, sustainable, local economy that fosters opportunity and prosperity for the whole community. The Council fosters a vibrant economic climate that encourages and attracts sustainable and equitable business development through strategically focused policies and programs, collaboration and partnerships.  Their goals include:

  • SUPPORT INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL
  • BUSINESS GROWTH AND RETENTION
  • EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
  • SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND RETENTION
  • ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROSPEROUS DOWNTOWN
  • EXPAND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM
  • FOSTER A COMPETITIVE BUSINESS CLIMATE THAT SUPPORTS ECONOMIC GROWTH
  • EXPAND PARTNERSHIP, OUTREACH, AND EQUITY EFFORTS

Want to learn more about Staring a Business in Forest Grove?

Questions? Contact the Forest Grove Economic Development Director, Jeff King.

Economic Development: Cornelius

Imagine the crossroads of Oregon’s high-tech Silicon Forest and a rich agricultural community and you have Cornelius, Oregon. Cornelius is in the midst of growth and change. As we direct our growth we are being strategic and playing to our strengths. We have world class industry, a strong ag sector, high-tech at our doorstep, a diverse community of entrepreneurs, and plenty of room to grow.

Cornelius is home to…

Sheldon Manufacturing produces high quality constant temperature and testing products in the areas of life science, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and industrial markets.

Lewis Controls is an industry leader in sawmill optimization and control software and custom solutions.

Summit Foods and Summit Natural Energy produces dried fruit products and uses its biomass waste to create ethanol energy.

Papé Machinery, Coastal Farm & Ranch, Wilco, Valley Agronomy, Crop Production Services and others serving the agricultural community.

…and many other successful firms.

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A cooperative City staff is committed to the growth and prosperity of the community. The City Manager’s office and Community Development Department work hand in hand to create an environment that fosters a strong economic base, business growth opportunities, transparent administration of government services and regulations, and an attractive environment for new private investment.

Looking for Small Business & Entrepreneur Support in Cornelius?

Questions? Contact the Cornelius Community Development Director, Ryan Wells.

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