Portland General Electric serves 52 vibrant, unique cities and communities (PDF) in Oregon. Those listed below are some of the largest, with active economic development resources and information available online.
Oregon’s largest city, Portland
is a flagship for the state’s green ethos, with electric vehicle charging stations, an award-winning public transportation system and the nation’s largest per-capita population of bicycle commuters. Governed jointly by the city and by regional government Metro
, Portland boasts generous business incentives and an active business community that has attracted some of the nation’s most dynamic industries.
The state’s capital and second largest city, Salem lies in the center of the lush Willamette Valley, 47 miles down Interstate 5 from Portland. Salem boasts abundant land for development, a ready and willing workforce, great training programs, and a government that works hard to make doing business easy. Located near the state’s two largest universities, Salem is well situated for business, education, politics and play.
Gresham is Oregon’s fourth largest city and the second largest in the Portland metropolitan area, with a population of more than 100,000. Located to the east of Portland near Interstate 84 and the Columbia Gorge, Gresham is home to a broad group of large high-tech and advanced manufacturing firms. The city is centered on an historic downtown that features more than 150 shops, restaurants and service businesses.
Oregon’s main high-tech corridor lies in Hillsboro, the fifth largest city in Oregon with a population of more than 90,000 people. Just 17 miles from downtown Portland, Hillsboro is a well-planned community with a strong, diverse economic base that includes farming and forestry and is the heart of high-tech research and manufacturing for companies such as Intel and key players in the growing solar industry. Hillsboro is most recently known for its growing cluster of data centers. Since 2010, four data centers have chosen to locate in Hillsboro, with a fifth currently under construction and more on the way.
Just south of Hillsboro, in an area nicknamed the “Silicon Forest” Beaverton also boasts a mix of industries including high-tech, manufacturing, sports apparel and the export trade. Beaverton is known for well-planned neighborhoods and green spaces — there is a park within a half-mile of any home in the city.
Located 13 miles south of Portland at the nexus of Interstate 5, Interstate 205 and the Tualatin River, Tualatin has transformed from a small agricultural town to a bustling suburban community of more than 25,000 people with a mix of residential, commercial and manufacturing land uses.
Once a small farming community, Wilsonville is now a fast-growing city of about 20,000, located 17 miles south of Portland along Interstate 5. It has a diverse economy strengthened by leading firms in the high-tech industry and numerous warehousing and distribution facilities.
In the heart of Oregon’s wine country, Newberg maintains a small-town feel despite the proximity to the urbane pleasures of Portland, 25 miles to the northwest and Salem 30 miles to the southeast. The community of about 22,000 has been named one of Oregon’s most desirable communities by Portland Monthly magazine.
Located about 30 miles south of Portland and 20 miles north of Salem, Woodburn has a broad economic base that includes agricultural products, construction of manufactured homes, manufacturing, warehouse distribution centers and a growing retail base. Find more on the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce website.