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Matt Miller appointed interim CEO of Greater Portland Inc

April 11,2019 | By Anna Marum
April 11, 2019
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Anna Marum
Greater Portland Inc
Matt Miller appointed interim CEO of Greater Portland Inc
Miller has led GPI’s business development team since December 2014

PORTLAND, OR – Greater Portland Inc’s board of directors announced Thursday that it has appointed Matt Miller interim president and CEO. Miller will assume leadership of GPI when current President and CEO Janet LaBar leaves for her new position as CEO of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. LaBar’s last day at GPI is April 26.

Miller is currently the senior vice president of business development, and has served in that role since December 2014. Miller will serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a national search for a permanent CEO.

Miller is nationally recognized in the field of economic development and is a credible go-to for site-selection consultants globally. He currently serves as vice president for the Oregon Economic Development Association, and will assume the role of president later this year. Early this year, he was honored with Development Counsellors International’s 40 Under 40 award in economic development.

“Matt has an impressive track record working with partners to attract investment to our region,” said GPI incoming Board Chair Michael Hurley, who serves as Oregon and Southwest Washington market president for JPMorgan Chase. “We are confident that GPI will continue to bring incredible value to Greater Portland under his leadership.”

In 2018, GPI helped recruit 10 new companies to Greater Portland, resulting in more than 1,300 total jobs and $74 million in added income for the region. Notable GPI wins include Element Six’s $94-million diamond manufacturing facility in Gresham, Genentech’s access solutions center in Northeast Portland and cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase’s office in downtown Portland.

Cumulatively, over the past four years, for every $1 invested in GPI’s operating budget, $24 of income has been generated in the market.

“I’m excited to continue GPI’s success in helping bring economic prosperity to the region,” Miller said. “We will build on our successes and we look forward to continuing to deliver for our investors and partners throughout Greater Portland.”
About Greater Portland Inc: Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, Greater Portland Inc is supported by 90 public- and private-sector partners who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. Greater Portland Inc and partners shape the region’s economic future and market the region to the world. Learn more at greaterportlandinc.com.

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