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2015 Annual Report

In 2015, GPI's mission and focus was on making the region one of the nation’s most competitive and vibrant metropolitan economies in the U.S. Read our 2015 Annual Report to see the great work that has happened across the region.  

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  • FROM THE CHAIR
    FROM THE CHAIR
    From the Chair

    JAMES J. PIRO

    This past year brought great strides to Greater Portland Inc. We increased our focus on making the region one of the nation’s most competitive and vibrant metropolitan economies.

    By attracting six companies to the region, GPI assisted in the creation of 234 jobs, and we have continued to enhance relationships with companies considering relocating to, or expanding within, the Greater Portland area. We also increased our visibility in other markets and among national influencers when we led or joined in five sales missions and hosted three national site-selection consultants for a familiarization (FAM) tour.

    In 2015, GPI updated our digital front door through a revamped website, and efforts to bring awareness and attention to the region were successful through earned media in the The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business. We also continued to represent Greater Portland in national and international settings through the Brookings/JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative.

    With our partners, GPI completed the Greater Portland 2020 framework, the comprehensive initiative for regional economic development, and we broadened our base by securing 13 new investors. 

    I am honored to serve as GPI Board Chairman. We have accomplished much, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you on creating prosperity and opportunities for our region.

    Sincerely,



    James J. Piro
    Chairman of the Board, 
    Greater Portland Inc
    President and Chief Executive Officer,
    Portland General Electric


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  • YEAR IN REVIEW
    YEAR IN REVIEW

    2015 HIGHLIGHTS


    234 New Jobs

    Best practices work achieved 96% SATISFACTION by local Economic Development Professionals

    Provided 45 INSTANCES of assistance to our communitiesReceived a commitment of $150,000 from JPMorgan Chase to kick-start Greater Portland 2020

    4.5 MILLION Media Impressions

    Launched New GPI Website

    $174,000 in new revenues

    Added 13 NEW INVESTORS

    RANKED 17th by Oregon Business Magazine in 100 Best Non-Profit Small Organizations


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  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    Executive Summary

    GPI has the unique privilege of bringing the region’s top companies, innovators and leaders together to strategically market our world-class assets around the globe. Leveraging a highly talented workforce, collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to business, and sought-after lifestyle, GPI and our partners work together to nurture and recruit businesses that bolster the region’s economy and promote long-term job growth.

    Through our strategic campaigns: Uniting Regionally to Compete Globally; Choose Greater Portland; and Stay and Grow in Greater Portland, GPI has continually supported efforts to make our region a top location for investment.

    The GPI team is proud to represent Greater Portland and is committed to improving economic opportunities for our region’s families, communities and businesses by helping the region thrive. Our successes in 2015 set the stage for job growth, new business and broad economic prosperity in the Greater Portland area.
     

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  • UNITING REGIONALLY TO COMPETE GLOBALLY
    UNITING REGIONALLY TO COMPETE GLOBALLY

    REGIONAL COLLABORATION

    GREATER PORTLAND 2020
    Completed the Greater Portland 2020 planning process for the region’s five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

    500 ATTENDEES
    Energized more than 500 attendees through the launch of Greater Portland 2020 at GPI’s Economic Summit

    96 PERCENT
    Achieved 96 percent satisfaction by local Economic Development Professionals for GPI’s economic development work

    COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
    Part of successful federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) supra-regional application by the Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership (PNMP)

    IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
    Entered into a first-time partner agreement with Business Oregon and regional economic development organizations across the state to improve efficiency and strengthen collaboration


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  • CHOOSE GREATER PORTLAND
    CHOOSE GREATER PORTLAND
    Choose Greater Portland

    BUSINESS RECRUITMENT AND REACH

    234 JOBS
    Assisted in the creation of 234 jobs through the attraction of six new companies/projects to the region 

    30 ACTIVE PROSPECTS 
    Managed an average of 30 active prospects

    5 SALES MISSIONS
    Led or joined 5 sales missions to the Bay Area (2), Chicago, Japan and Washington, DC

    3 CONSULTANTS
    Hosted 3 national site-selection consultants for a regional familiarization (FAM) tour 

    641 CORPORATE DECISION MAKERS
    Elevated awareness of key regional assets through targeted emails to 641 corporate decision makers

    4.5 MILLION IMPRESSIONS
    Facilitated earned media that led to more than 4.5 million impressions and visibility of the region in:
    -  The Wall Street Journal
    -  Chicago Tribune
    -  Bloomberg Business
    -  Alaska Beyond
    -  Alaska Beyond,
    Horizon Edition
    -  Executive Global

    7,000 VISITORS
    Launched new GPI website, which drew more than 7,000 visitors in its first month 

    15,000 IMPRESSIONS
    Targeted c-level executives within the Software & Media Industry through LinkedIn ads that garnered more than 15,000 impressions



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  • STAY AND GROW IN GREATER PORTLAND
    STAY AND GROW IN GREATER PORTLAND
    Stay and Grow in Greater Portland

    BUSINESS RETENTION EXPANSION (BRE) AND REGIONAL STRATEGY

    45 INSTANCES
    Provided 45 instances of assistance to our communities in support of their BRE efforts

    3 PROJECTS    
    Supported 3 projects that posed a threat to leaving the region 

    RESEARCH CAPABILITIES
    Expanded research and analysis capabilities, benefiting prospective companies, site-selection consultants and member communities

    GREATER PORTLAND GLOBAL
    Launched Greater Portland Global, the region’s global trade and investment plan

    GLOBAL CITIES
    Represented Greater Portland in national and international settings through the Brookings/JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative 


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  • A LOOK AHEAD FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
    A LOOK AHEAD FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
    A Look Forward from the President & CEO

    JANET LABAR

    Over the past year, I have been encouraged by the opportunities that exist across this region for businesses looking to grow.  As the organization with the unique privilege of marketing this dynamic region, GPI has developed strategies to position Greater Portland as a top investment location and bring this message to decision makers around the world.
     
    Looking ahead, GPI will further focus on delivering on our core objectives—marketing the region and pursuing opportunities for job creation and investment. We will expand our business development activity by embarking on more targeted sales missions and aim to bring more attention to Greater Portland through Familiarization (FAM) tours. We will also get deeper into digital marketing strategy with key site selectors and companies through targeted digital advertisements, social media posts and newsletters, and digital communications that are useful and informative for the reader.

    We’ll seek to best support our communities and local partners in their work to help existing companies grow, and lend regional expertise on community readiness for projects. We’re partnering with more organizations to leverage resources and hone in on where we can collectively make the most impact.

    As we gear up to make 2016 a banner year, GPI is energized and ready to make a positive and impactful difference in Greater Portland’s economy.

    Thank you for your continued support of GPI and your commitment to advancing our region.

    Sincerely,


    Janet LaBar
    Greater Portland Inc
    President  & CEO


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2017 Work Plan

2017 GPI Work Plan

GPI's 2017 Work Plan focuses on our core programs below and is intended to drive the organization's annual performance:
     -  Business Development
     -  Marketing + Communications
     -  Business + Market Research
     -  Investor Relations + Strategic Partnerships
     -  Greater Portland 2020

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