×

Oregon's boom matches diverse scenery: Gov. Brown

Oregon is No. 2 in the nation in personal income growth, behind its neighbor state of Washington.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
Source: The Office of Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Place matters. Talented people with unique skills and innovative ideas want to carry out their vision in a place that provides an economic ecosystem that supports strong growth. But they want to do so in a great place to live.

In Oregon, we don't need to manufacture our own attractions; our natural beauty is a core asset. We have a breathtaking public coastline, striking mountain ranges, deep river gorges, lush forest and high desert.

Today our economy is as diverse as our landscape. Our state economy is a collection of unique regional economies, from semiconductors to wood products, from aviation to agriculture.

"Our small businesses [are] an economic linchpin; 95 percent of Oregon businesses employ fewer than 20 people, providing a diverse industry base for our fast-growing economy."

Business grows naturally in great places with great assets. Right now across Oregon we have record employment levels, a strong gross domestic product and the second-best personal income growth in the country.

We compete on the quality of our complete business environment — a combination of being the place that companies and their employees want to base themselves, with a state government that is working to encourage growth, deliver a skilled workforce and ensure a resilient transportation system.

In recent years we have increasingly relied on and fueled the strength of our small businesses. They're an economic linchpin; 95 percent of Oregon businesses employ fewer than 20 people, providing a diverse industry base for our fast-growing economy. We are working with these firms to grow them into reliable Oregon employers.

When our small businesses grow, so do their communities. That's the key to sharing Oregon's historic economic momentum across the entire state.

— By Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Editor's note: This commentary was written before the release of the Top States 2016 data. The governor did not have knowledge of the rankings or the comprehensive data.