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GuideSpark Announces Expansion to Portland, Oregon

September 29,2015 | By Janet LaBar
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2015
Contact Information:
Janet LaBar, Greater Portland Inc:  503-445-8065
Ryan Frank, Business Oregon: 503-229-6063


GuideSpark Announces Expansion to Portland, Oregon
Menlo Park California company to immediately begin hiring locally with plans to significantly increase jobs over the next three years, permanent expansion set for downtown Portland office space


Portland, Ore. — Today, a partnership of economic development organizations welcomes GuideSpark, a $10.3 million dollar video corporate communications and IT Software firm, in bringing more than 200 quality jobs to the city of Portland.

“We’re honored that GuideSpark chose Oregon for its expansion,” said Vince Porter, Business Oregon’s interim director. “Our goal is to recruit companies that fit with the industries that already call Oregon home, and GuideSpark’s presence will make our tech industry even stronger.”

GuideSpark, headquartered in Menlo Park, California, aims to replace emails, brochures and seminars on HR topics like benefits, health care reform and compensation programs with video. Services can help to reduce Human Resource support time and increase employee benefits plan participation. 
GuideSpark qualified for a two-year, $400,000 loan by meeting the state’s job-creation goals. The company is committed to creating more than 200 new jobs, a condition of the loan.

“We are thrilled to receive this investment from the State of Oregon,” said Keith Kitani, CEO of GuideSpark. “GuideSpark delivers customized employee communications solutions and needs immediate access to highly skilled, creative talent to meet our growth targets. After an exhaustive search, we chose to set up business in Portland, a thriving city that met all of our criteria: an educated, innovative and technology-savvy workforce, combined with a stable and attractive business environment. We look forward to our continued expansion in Oregon.”

GuideSpark joins the growing number of companies that are redefining the creative services landscape in the region. Creative occupations in Greater Portland grew by 22.4 percent between 2003 and 2013 - drastically outperforming the national growth rate of 4.7 percent.
 
"GuideSpark is a welcome addition to our region's thriving creative industries sector," said Jim Piro, Chairman of the Board, Greater Portland Inc and President and CEO, Portland General Electric. "GuideSpark’s dynamic-solutions approach to employee communications reflects the profile of innovative, problem-solving behavior that firms across the Greater Portland region inherently share.”

The location of GuideSpark to Portland is the result of collective efforts by Business Oregon, Greater Portland Inc, Work Systems Inc, Portland Development Commission, Technology Association of Oregon and CBRE.

Temporary offices will be located in downtown Portland, as the company begins work to permanently expand to almost 20,000 square feet of office space in SW Portland, set for completion by first quarter 2016.

Ranked number #88 on Forbes “American’s Most Promising Companies” list in 2015, GuideSpark will begin hiring immediately, increasing to 230 new permanent hires over the next three years. Those interested in applying can find more information on the company and where to apply for positions here: http://www.guidespark.com/about/careers/

About Business Oregon
Business Oregon is the state of Oregon’s economic development agency and works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.

About Greater Portland Inc
Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is a regional partnership helping companies expand and locate to the Portland-Vancouver area, which includes seven counties and covers two states. Leveraging the region’s assets, GPI and its partners work in lockstep to nurture and recruit businesses that bolster Greater Portland’s economy and promote long-term job growth.

About Portland Development Commission (PDC)
Created by Portland voters in 1958, PDC plays a major role in making Portland one of America's most livable cities. As Portland’s economic development and urban renewal agency, PDC seeks to create one of the most globally competitive, healthy, and equitable cities in the world by investing in job creation, innovation, and economic opportunity throughout Portland.
 
 
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