OECDDOregon Economic and Community Development Department (State of Oregon)
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Prineville also hopes to benefit from a nationwide marketing campaign recently launched by the OECDD and the Oregon Economic Development Association.
"We have taken the corporate model of a brand identity and are focusing on raising the brand awareness of 'Oregon' as a place for businesses to invest and expand," says Ron Fox with the OECDD.
Leads generated from print media and a direct-mail campaign are collected by the OECDD and then dispersed to the respective communities.
"To this point, all of the [enterprise zone] incentives have been provided by local governments because it comes from property taxes," says Patrick Allen, small business and emerging technology manager for OECDD. 'This puts the state's income tax revenue at the table as part of the incentive package," Allen says.
The OECDD hopes to have the e-commerce enterprise zones designated by January of 2002.
Later, at an enormous reception at the Hotel Grand Hyatt, Lynch listened to OECDD director Bill Scott, Fukuoka governor Wataru Aso and others praise the great future Kyushu (CUEshoe) and Oregon would share.
Banks, the former international manager for the OECDD, knew Japan presented possibilities, in particular the economically strong Kyushu.
While the OECDD had been looking into the Region to Region program, the Port of Portland and Delta, its longtime partner, had begun looking to create some economic activity of their own.
Tourism-centered businesses like hotels, restaurants and shopping centers would figure to benefit from the increased stopover traffic in Portland the flight would generate, economic activity one airline lobbying group estimated at $250 million annually The OECDD saw opportunities for Japanese investment in Oregon and for Oregon expansion into Japan.
The Kyushu-Oregon Coordinating Committee, which included people from the Port, OECDD and the city of Portland, was by now arranging the second Business Forum, to be held in Portland in August.
The organizing committee for the upcoming business forum gathered in the OECDD's offices at the WorldTrade Center to brainstorm damage control.