The region has many places where high-paying traded sector jobs can be located, but there are challenges to making these places ready to support these jobs.
Metro supports the creation and development of good jobs by ensuring that there is a diverse and adequate supply of land to support businesses of all sizes and types. But there is a shortage of large, development-ready industrial sites, especially those of 25 acres in size or larger, that are needed to sustain manufacturing and other traded-sector employers that help grow our economy.
In 2011, Metro, Business Oregon, the Oregon chapter of NAIOP, the Port of Portland, and Portland Business Alliance began a comprehensive review of the region’s inventory of large industrial sites of 25 acres or more. The goal of this project was to better understand and identify the challenges to the development of larger industrial sites in our region and the costs necessary to make these sites ready to attract jobs.
Our region has many places where high-paying manufacturing and other traded-sector jobs can grow, but these places often require more investment to make them ready for new employers to develop. These investments can include clean-up of brownfield sites, building new sewer and water pipes, improving or building new roads and providing other essential public structures.
This project identified and evaluated 56 sites across our region that are zoned, planned or designated for future industrial jobs. In the first phase of this project, it was discovered that:
The second phase of this project involved analyses of 12 strategically important industrial sites. These analyses include further evaluation of the market opportunities for these sites along with more detailed lists of actions, requirements and costs necessary to overcome the barriers to developing these sites for different types of industrial employers.
Download a copy of the report’s executive summary (8 pages)
Download a copy of Volume 1 of the report (analysis and findings, 66 pages)
Download a copy of Volume 2 of the report (site results, 103 pages)
Download a copy of Volume 3 of the report (technical appendices, 340 pages)
Ensuring our region can provide development-ready lands for new and growing companies is a responsibility of many partners: local and state governments, Metro and the private sector. This project’s report provides some recommendations that these partners should consider and act on to strengthen our region’s economy. A few of those recommendations include:
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