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The Mid-Willamette Valley is a West Coast logistics hub with more than a million workers within 45 miles.



Located less than an hour south of metropolitan Portland, the Mid-Willamette Valley stretches from the Willamette River to the Cascade Mountains, encompassing more than 2,000 square miles.

  • The region consists of three counties--Marion, Polk, and Yamhill--with Oregon’s State Capital, Salem, at its center.
  • With abundant natural resources, the Mid-Willamette Valley is the greatest producer of agriculture products in Oregon.
  • The region is also a strong manufacturing and distribution region with a prime location on Interstate 5 between California and Washington.

Business Quick Facts

Private Businesses: 10,455
Private Sector Employment: 116, 104
Total Population: 390,738
Median Household Income: $45,013
Median Home Price: $147,300
Cost of living: 2.3% below national avg.
Unemployment rate: 5.8%

Top Willamette Valley Traded Sector Employers

  • Truitt Bros., Inc.
  • T-Mobile USA Inc.
  • NORPAC Foods, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Phone Bank
  • May Trucking Company
  • Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods
  • Kettle Foods Inc. / Diamond Foods
  • United Technologies
  • Cascade Steel
  • Harris Thermal
  • SP Fiber
  • Rainsweet Inc.
  • Panasonic Eco Solutions Solar America
  • Garmin AT Inc.
  • Portland General Electric
  • Willamette Valley Fruit Company LLC
  • Summit Sportswear Inc.
  • Oregon Fruit Products Co Inc.
  • Hanard Machine Inc.
  • Columbia Helicopter
  • A-Dec
  • Meggitt Polymers
  • 3-D Plastics
Workforce Around Salem
  • Area
  • City of Salem
  • 5-Mile Radius
  • 10-Mile Radius
  • 15-Mile Radius
  • 30-Mile Radius
  • 45-Mile Radius
  • No. Workers
  • 83,088
  • 102,644
  • 121,887
  • 141,622
  • 318,009
  • 1,026,384

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013

Educational Attainment
  • Area
     
  • Marion County
  • Polk County
  • Yamhill County
  • High school grad or higher
  • 82.9%
  • 89.6%
  • 87.1%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 20.9%
  • 27.3%
  • 22.5%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2011

The area is home to Willamette University, Western Oregon University, Corban University and Chemeketa Community College and rests within one hour of 80,000 college students between Portland and Eugene. Thirty eight of the largest state agencies are based in Salem. Private sector employers and public officials aggressively collaborate on creative, industry-driven and proactive approaches to supporting the workforce development needs of the region’s employers.



Top Industry Groups
Businesses
Employees
% of Total
  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities
  • Education & Health Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Natural Resources & Mining
  • 1,798
  • 1,225
  • 895
  • 449
  • 1,383
  • 565
  • 23,547
  • 21,293
  • 12,313
  • 11,437
  • 11,239
  • 11,165
  • 15.8%
  • 14.3%
  • 8.3%
  • 7.7%
  • 7.6%
  • 7.5%

Oregon has the second lowest effective business tax rate in the U.S.

Property Tax Rate (/$1000) 2012-2013

  • City
     
  • Dallas
  • Independence
  • Keizer
  • Monmouth
  • Salem
  • Silverton
  • Stayton
  • Woodburn
  • City
     
  • Polk
  • Polk
  • Marion
  • Polk
  • Marion
  • Marion
  • Marion
  • Marion
  • Net Assessed Value Base
  • 14.98
  • 19.82
  • 15.64
  • 18.07
  • 18.74
  • 17.51
  • 15.41
  • 18.99

Source: Willamette Valley Listing Service - www.wvmls.com

Stable, low-cost infrastructure and development costs characterizes the region’s business climate. Abundant, high quality water, stable electrical supply and low-cost, shovel-ready land are available to industrial and business customers.

The area offers some of the lowest industrial power rates—about half the cost of California.

Oregon has no sales tax.

Recent investment in the region

 

Garmin AT
(Aviation/Aerospace Technology)
54,000 sq. ft. R&D Facility
70 new jobs / $11M capital investment 

NORPAC
(Food Processing)
Consolidated corporate office to Salem
100 new jobs / $5M capital investment
Diamond Foods/Kettle
(Food Processing)
New 10,000’ state–of-the-art R&D facility
8 new jobs / $2,500,000 capital investment

GK Machine, Inc.
(Advanced Manufacturing)
120,000 sq. ft. expansion
40 new jobs / $10M capital investment

Henningsen Cold Storage
(Logistics & Warehousing)
New 240,000 sq. ft. cold storage
40 new jobs / $25M capital investment

Willamette Valley Fruit
(Food Processing)
Purchasing of fruit processing business by Inventure Foods
5 new jobs / $3M capital investment

Fed-Ex
(Distribution center)
Expansion of existing facility at Mill Creek Corporate Center
$5,400,000 investment

Forest River Inc.
(Manufacturing)
Purchased existing building to expand cargo trailer manufacturing capacity.  
Truitt Family Foods
(Food Processing)
Expanded capacity/new equipment for new product line
14 new jobs

Strategic Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development agency for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 450-plus member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment. SEDCOR remains Oregon’s largest economic development group.

In 2013, SEDCOR played a pivotal role in bringing $64 million in capital investment to the Mid-Willamette Valley, creating or retaining more than 850 jobs.

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