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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.


Simple offers an innovative approach to modern banking with no physical branches but rather an online banking system that customers access through Simple.com or mobile apps. This pioneering approach captured the attention of a Spanish company, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), which ultimately acquired Simple for $117 million in 2014. Simple, now 200 employees strong, was a landmark investment for the region’s software sector. That a multinational bank of BBVA’s stature found innovation worthy of investment in the Greater Portland region points to further opportunities for other firms in the software sector. Click here for a short video on the investment.

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