Business & Job Growth
After passing $2 billion in business taxes to boost school funding, legislative leaders introduced a package (Senate Bill 1049) that will protect PERS benefits already earned and reinstates employee contributions to support the future of the pension system.
Annual Economic Check-up finds disparities in jobs, housing, work-life balance compared to the rest of the region.
Homelessness, housing affordability and congestion remain top concerns; Shift in views on city governance and climate change
The Value of Jobs coalition, led by the Portland Business Alliance, released its latest report, Automation and the Future of Work, which explores issues related to technological changes, and the impact this escalating trend will have on Oregon communities and the state’s workforce.
The Portland Business Alliance sent a letter to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee opposing a proposal to split the Ninth Circuit Court’s jurisdiction.
The 2017 legislative session adjourned sine die on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began with two major issues to tackle: addressing the state’s $1.6 billion budget deficit and passing a transportation package. With higher-than-expected revenues in the May revenue forecast, the number on which the budget is based, the deficit decreased to $1.4 billion. Though there were exceptions, for most of the session both chambers were reluctant to move controversial bills that could make bipartisan efforts related to the big issues more difficult.
The 2017 legislative session adjourned on Friday, July 7, 2017. The session began in February with two major issues facing lawmakers: Addressing the state’s budget deficit of $1.6 billion (later revised to $1.4 billion after a better-than-expected May revenue forecast), and passing a comprehensive transportation package.
Last year, the state legislature passed legislation that raises the minimum wage for workers across the state at various levels intended to reflect economic realities in different locations.
Beginning December of 2016 and throughout the 2017 legislative session, Brighter Oregon, the Oregon Business Plan coalition, advocated for a three-prong framework.
After last-minute negotiations, the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization is set to release an updated transportation package that appears likely to move forward.
Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Commission recently passed resolutions establishing a goal that community-wide energy needs will be met with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
The city of Portland’s treasurer submitted a proposal that sought to incorporate principles of socially responsible investing without the needs for a committee, or a ‘do not buy’ list of excluded from potential city investments.
On behalf of the Oregon Business Plan delegation, the Alliance led its annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., from April 5 to 7.
The Alliance generated 346 public comments in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan before the public comment period closed on Sept. 6.
There are 36 days left to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup plan.
On June 8, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed $758 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund, kicking off a 60 day public comment period.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release its proposed cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site on May 26.
The Alliance has been tracking the comprehensive plan and economic opportunities analysis over the last three years and continues to provide input at strategic points throughout the process.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is proposing a number of street closures around Pioneer Courthouse Square for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in March of 2016. The Alliance expressed concern about potential business impact as a result of the street closures.
As part of the state-mandated comprehensive plan, the city of Portland is required to complete an economic opportunity analysis (EOA) that evaluates employment land needs by sector and land use categories.
The Alliance urged Portland City Council to reconsider its ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance, which was unanimously approved by Council on Nov. 25.
The Alliance is urging Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden to support revisions to the PATENT Act, which aims to decrease unnecessary patent litigation and provide businesses needed protection.
The Alliance submitted its comments on the Employment Zoning Project, which will modify the city’s zoning code to maintain industrial land capacity needed to meet expected growth in the Portland Harbor, Columbia Corridor, Central Eastside Industrial Area and dispersed employment areas in the city of Portland.
The city of Portland convened a Noise Code Task Force to look at the possibility of greater regulatory authority around construction equipment as it pertains to the noise code and noise code regulations in employment “EX” zones.
After the Alliance voiced its concerns, Mayor Charlie Hales said he has no plans to bring a separate Portland “Ban the Box” ordinance to city council.
The Alliance testified in support of the Central City 2035: SE Quadrant Plan before Portland City Council.
The Alliance is urging Mayor Charlie Hales and members of Portland City Council to suspend the Ban the Box discussion to allow time to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s Ban the Box legislation once it’s implemented.