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Global Trade and Investment

Greater Portland is a leader in supporting international businesses that want to locate to or expand within the U.S. With annual exports of more than $21 billion, Greater Portland was one of only four regions in the nation that doubled exports in the past decade. Total exports for the region in 2016 were $22.3 billion or 16th highest metro in U.S. with a share of metro economic output 13.8% or the 12th highest metro area, as reported by the Brookings Institution's Metro Monitor, 2016.   

To view an interactive map that highlights the extensive international investment in the region, click here.  

To view an Exports Fact Sheet from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, click here.

Foreign Business Testimonials

With its proximity to the Pacific Rim, Greater Portland has long attracted companies that wish to expand to and invest in the U.S. The following profiles highlight the success stories of just a few international companies that call Greater Portland home. Videos feature representatives of these companies sharing why this region is the ideal place to locate and expand your business.  

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 from President and CEO Martin Daum 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. Click here as Joe Shaddix, Plant Manager, explains 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.

International News

Click on any of the following articles to learn more about Greater Portland's unique global appeal.

We Build Green Cities

The We Build Green Cities Initiative consists of policy and industry based teams who export the most innovative ideas, products, and services to other cities around the world that aspire to be more sustainable.  
To check out the full campaign and website, click here.

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