Business & Economic Development
Clackamas County has remained vital despite the past downturn in the economy and continues to grow both its business districts and its communities. Businesses are flourishing here. Industry leaders can be found in Metals, Machinery, Healthcare, High-tech, Forestry, Food & Beverage Processing, Renewable Energy, Nursery/Ag, and Software Development.
To reach the Business & Economic Development Team contact us at 503-742-4BIZ(4249)
Catherine Comer, Manager 503-742-4303
Cindy Hagen, Coordinator 503-742-4328
Jamie Johnk, Coordinator 503-742-4413
Teresa Sears, Administrative Assistant 503-742-4329
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View current Programs, Projects and Initiatives
Clackamas County Agriculture Investment Plan
The Agricultural Investment Plan focuses on creating new emergent markets for the county's agricultural base by exploring interconnections among activities and optimization of various land use within the agricultural sector. As a partnership with Economic Development, Sustainability and Tourism this project focuses on four key areas of opportunity, including renewable energies, regional food systems, regional impact form the equine industry, and agricultural tourism.
Clackamas County Economic Landscape
The goal of this project is to convey the current economic forces that are driving the Clackamas County local economy by identifying economic output by key traded-sector industry clusters, and key to increase the jobs-to-housing ratio.
Clackamas County Export Initiative
Clackamas County Business and Economic Development hosted an Exporting Clackamas County forum to share information on the value of exports to our local economy. Below are links to the presentations given by export trade professionals and business representatives.
Tools for Business Success
This toolkit includes information on:
Just Starting Out
- Tools for Tough Economic Times
- Business Planning and Assistance
- Directory of Capital
- Business Incentives
- Business Formation
- Government Requirements
- Employer Assistance
- Online classes
- Business & Employee Training
- Taking your Business to the Next Step
- Think Globally (International trade)
- Buy Locally
- Marketing and Selling
- Selling to the Government
- Selling on the Internet
- Sustainable Business Practices
- Disaster Planning and Recovery
- Business resources for Veterans
Clackamas Broadband Express
Check out the new CBX website for information about the county's federally funded broadband infrastructure project.
Clackamas County Strategic Investment Zone
The Clackamas County Urban and Rural Strategic Investment Zone provides a compelling business recruitment tool designed to attract large capital intensive traded sector businesses. The program provides with consistent criteria and a streamlined approval process.
- 15 year property tax abatements on facilities and equipment to any "traded-sector" business. Examples include production, manufacturing, high tech, among others.
- Applies to large capital investments $25 million minimum in the rural zone and $100 million in the urban zone.
- Requires the company to pay a community service fee equal to 25% of the tax savings per year to local public service providers to offset community impacts. The community service fee is capped at an annual maximum of $2 million in urban areas or $500,000 in rural areas.
Please contact the Business and Economic Development office at 503.742.4329 for more information.
Employment Land Real Estate Inventory
Expand in Oregon is Oregon's official website for site selection consultants and businesses interested in relocating or expanding a business in Oregon. This web resource provides a comprehensive database of available sites and buildings by city, county, type of property and size using a powerful geographic information system. Visit OregonProspector to see a list of industrial real estate available in Clackamas County.
Clackamas County Advantages:
- A large pool of available and skilled workers.
- Customized training and employee screening programs to match the skills and talents of your future workers to your needs
- A wide variety of available industrial, office and commercial buildings at competitive rates
- A supportive government that starts with the Clackamas County Commissioners
Clackamas County Cost Advantages:
- No business tax
- No business license fee in unincorporated areas (most Clackamas County communities charge a modest fee)*
- Multiple interstate access (I-205, I-5 and proximity to I-84)
- Quick access to Portland International Airport / I-205
State of Oregon Cost Advantage:
- No Sales tax
- No inventory tax
- No worldwide unitary tax
- No motor vehicle excise tax
- No business and occupations tax
- No direct levies on intangible properties (such as stocks, bonds and securities)