Summer Workshop Results
Learn about discussions through workshop notes from each location.
Read news articles gathered during initiative activities and research.
In April 2015, with fewer shipping options available for Oregon exporters and importers, Governor Kate Brown launched an initiative to help small businesses get their products to global markets.
As part of the initiative, the International Trade and Logistics' Steering Committee conducted research on the economic impact of the loss of container service on Oregon shippers. The committee engaged with transportation and trade experts in the shipper community to explore their respective needs and concerns, and then got to work developing recommendations to address the issues surrounding the movement of goods.
More than 300 people participated in eight community forums in Portland, Redmond, Hermiston, Ontario, Albany, Medford, Grand Ronde, and Wilsonville as part of the effort. Legislative hearings held in mid-November provided another opportunity for shippers to make their concerns heard.
In February 2016, the Steering Committee recommended a series of actions to the Oregon Legislature, intended to help Oregon businesses that are facing increased transportation costs, longer transit times, reduced reliability, greater business risks, loss of markets and market share, and other business impacts. The goal is to help Oregon businesses move freight to markets and compete globally.
Read the Steering Committee's report and the recommendations for action.
Global trade supports farms, forests and manufacturers from Brookings to Baker City and Astoria to Burns. Trade supports nearly 500,000 jobs in Oregon. Nearly 90 percent of the state's exporters are small- or medium-sized companies, and imports into Oregon deliver supplies to our manufacturing plants and goods to our corner stores.
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>>Learn about small business assistance for entering into new global markets
>>Learn about container shipping support at the Port of Portland