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Global Trade and Investment

Greater Portland is one of only 14 U.S. metros with a dedicated focus on global trade and investment. The region's strategy to increase exports and foreign direct investment, known as Greater Portland Global, was a joint project of metro partners, Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.

Greater Portland Global, now a part of Greater Portland 2020, the region's comprehensive economic development strategy, recognizes the region's rich history of local innovation, exports, global excellence, and foreign direct investment as a strong foundation that can propel small, innovative entrepreneurs and domestically focused companies along a continuum to become companies with global presence.   
Greater Portland Global

View an interactive map of international investment in Greater Portland.  

Learn more about our Growing Small Businesses Globally program, and how GPI is helping small businesses become export ready.

View facts on Greater Portland's Exports from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Foreign Business Testimonials

Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler, a multinational automotive corporation headquartered in Germany, established its U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon, in the 1940s. The company has since grown to more than 2,200 employees regionally. Relying heavily on the region's highly skilled talent base of STEM and engineering expertise, Daimler coordinates closely with local higher educational institutions to ensure a steady pipeline of talent to support their operations and give them the competitive edge. Click here to learn why Daimler chose Greater Portland.


Shimadzu USA Manufacturing, a division of the Shimadzu Corporation located in Kyoto, Japan, manufactures analytical instrumentation for the pharmaceutical and high-tech industries. In 1998, Shimadzu relocated from the East Coast to the West Coast to improve communications with its Japanese parent company and to expand access to global markets for a strategic competitive advantage. The company has since grown to more than 100 employees regionally. See why Shimadzu chose Greater Portland.

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