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The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Business Development Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Business Development Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Business Development Department operates as Business Oregon and works to retain and create jobs in the state. At Business Oregon, we help Oregon businesses and the Oregon economy grow.

Business Oregon’s recruitment team helps companies looking to relocate or expand to Oregon. Recruitment officers work with interested companies to identify Oregon sites that deliver on size, utility, infrastructure and workforce requirements. Business Oregon also helps bring key partners to the table, including other state agencies, local governments, and private utilities, in a collaborative approach to get projects moving.

We can assist existing Oregon businesses on issues ranging from access to capital, locating industrial property, export assistance, general business issues, identifying business incentives and more. Business Oregon’s business finance officers assist businesses with their financing needs by packaging loan programs or by matching a partner service provider with a business. Business Oregon manages the following financing programs: Oregon Business Development Fund, Oregon Capital Access Program, Oregon Credit Enhancement Fund, Oregon Industrial Development Bonds, Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund, Business Retention Program, Brownfields Redevelopment Fund and Oregon New Market Tax Credit.

In addition, Business Oregon’s business development officers are located throughout the state to work directly with businesses, industry associations and regional governments to grow Oregon business. The agency’s primary offices are located in Salem and Portland.

The Oregon Business Development Commission oversees the agency’s activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership. There are additional boards, councils and commissions associated with the agency and its programs. These include: Oregon Innovation Council, Oregon Small Business Advisory Council, Oregon Broadband Advisory Council, Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Oregon’s community development activities are administered by the recently formed Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA), which is part of Business Oregon. The IFA was created to ensure that the state’s infrastructure needs, namely those around safe drinking water and wastewater systems, are better identified and prioritized in order to ensure the best use of the state’s limited resources. The authority is overseen by members of an independent Infrastructure Finance Authority Board appointed by the governor.

The Infrastructure Finance Authority assists communities to build infrastructure capacity to address public health safety and compliance issues as well as support their ability to attract, retain and expand businesses. The IFA also works with municipalities, state agencies and property owners to prepare industrial land for certification—the first step in bringing businesses to a community.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 755 Summer St. NE, Suite 200, Salem 97301-1280
Telephone: 503-986-0123; TTY: 1-800-735-2900
Fax: 503-581-5115
Contact: Chris Harder, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Mindee Sublette
Records Officer Email: Jim Cunningham
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 285A.070
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog