The Mid-Willamette Valley is a West Coast logistics hub with more than a million workers within 45 miles.
About the Region
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
- 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
- Meggitt Polymers
- 3-D Plastics
Skilled, Available Workforce
Workforce Around Salem
- City of Salem
- 5-Mile Radius
- 10-Mile Radius
- 15-Mile Radius
- 30-Mile Radius
- 45-Mile Radius
- No. Workers
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013
- Marion County
- Polk County
- Yamhill County
- High school grad or higher
- Bachelor’s degree or higher
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.
Proven Strengths in Traded Industry Sectors
Top Industry Groups
% of Total
- Trade, Transportation & Utilities
- Education & Health Services
- Leisure & Hospitality
- Professional & Business Services
- Natural Resources & Mining
Low cost of doing business
Oregon has the second lowest effective business tax rate in the U.S.
Property Tax Rate (/$1000) 2012-2013
- Net Assessed
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
54,000 sq. ft. R&D Facility
70 new jobs / $11M capital investment
Consolidated corporate office to Salem
100 new jobs / $5M capital investment
New 10,000’ state–of-the-art R&D facility
8 new jobs / $2,500,000 capital investment
GK Machine, Inc.
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
Purchasing of fruit processing business by Inventure Foods
5 new jobs / $3M capital investment
Expansion of existing facility at Mill Creek Corporate Center
|Forest River Inc.
Purchased existing building to expand cargo trailer manufacturing capacity.
|Truitt Family Foods
Expanded capacity/new equipment for new product line
14 new jobs
SEDCOR: Meeting the Needs of Business in the Region
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.