Simple“We were so impressed with the city and see huge opportunities to do all the things we want to do right here, and that’s really important to us; as is being able to find the right kind of talent. Obviously some of it we imported in, but it wasn’t difficult to get new recruits to move here.”
Joshua Reich, CEO
ESCO"Despite having almost no local customers, we were very pleased by the significant impact ESCO has on the Oregon economy. Nearly 1000 of the company`s approximately 4800 employees worldwide are based in Oregon. ESCO hit a milestone at the end of 2011 with more than $1 billion in sales and will celebrate our 100th year as a Portland-based company in 2013."
Cal Collins, CEO and President
Salesforce“We chose Portland for several reasons, including its incredible talent pool and proximity to our headquarters in San Francisco. The community [in Greater Portland], really jibes with the San Francisco feel and the culture that Salesforce.com has.”
Andrew Schmitt, Salesforce Spokesperson
Treehouse“We’re new to town and we love it. We chose Portland out of the entire United States because the quality of life is mind-bogglingly good, and the tech scene is really exciting. We feel Portland is the next Silicon Valley. There’s a lot of exciting talent moving here and a lot of new startups being launched.”
Ryan Carson, CEO
Schnitzer"Schnitzer Steel’s headquarters remaining in downtown Portland will increase productivity by providing its employees with a single, unified location rather than the two separate locations currently utilized. Schnitzer employees will also enjoy improved access to public transit and nearby small businesses.”
Tamara Lundgren, President and CEO
Airbnb“Portland welcomes and promotes innovation and is a leader in the sharing economy, so we couldn’t think of a better fit for our newest space. The city has a history of being a leader when it comes to urban innovation and has long been a great home for entrepreneurs; leading the way in promoting green tech, conservation, and co-working spaces.”
Brian Chesky, CEO
Cozy"After spending 20 years in the Bay Area, I definitely feel there is a core group of people here working very hard to better Portland on so many levels. We continue to find high-quality talent here and moved about six people here from other states. Everyone has the choice of San Francisco or Portland, and 100 percent choose Portland.”
Gino Zahnd, CEO
Acquia"Portland is both a beautiful city and a hotbed of innovative web design, cloud technology and open source development. We’ve attracted technical talent from Tennessee to British Columbia to be a part of our Portland team building out our west coast center for cloud engineering and customer service. Having both east and west coast technical centers will allow us to scale faster and continue to provide our award winning products and customer experience."
Tom Erickson, CEO
Intel“Oregon has been extraordinarily stable, specifically the tax certainty in the state. Intel's largest and most advanced operations are here in Washington County, where the company already employs close to 17,000 -- more than any other business in Oregon."
Diana Daggett, Director of Corporate Affairs in the Americas
Mozilla“Several economic development partners hosted the company to give it a sense of the local leadership, quality of life and business environment in the region…The Portland economic development people rolled out the red carpet for us. It really helped us fast-track the move up here. We were just looking to find the talent and the regional ecosystem provided a lot of the open source talent in Portland that has been nurtured by Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab - ultimately we were able to find the talent right away.”
Jim Cook, CFO
Daimler Trucks North America"With our roots firmly planted in Portland over 70 years ago, Daimler Trucks North America is proud to lay the foundation for continued prosperity with a headquarters campus designed for the company's long-term business success and a world-class workplace for employees. I think a place forms a company, and a person in a place forms a company."
Martin Daum, President and CEO