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Oregon’s longstanding reputation as a place to live, work and do business has begun to suffer. Employers face soaring state and local taxes, an eroding regulatory environment and rising crime. Businesses also face shortages of developable land, affordable housing and available employees.

These and similar problems, including the state’s shrinking population, have eroded Oregon’s competitiveness. Increasingly, Oregon struggles to create and sustain good jobs, attract and retain employers and investments and, ultimately, compete with other states.

To improve its business climate and leverage its advantages, Oregon must encourage growth and innovation while addressing policies and processes that have harmed the state’s competitiveness and tarnished its reputation.

In late 2022, OBI released its first Growth and Innovation Roadmap, a collection of policy and legislative proposals developed in anticipation of the 2023 legislative session.

OBI is developing a sequel in anticipation of the 2025 session. To that end, OBI’s government affairs team has been meeting with business leaders, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders to identify competitive problems and potential solutions. 

The 2025 Growth and Innovation Roadmap will be released in fall 2024 and focus on the following three areas:

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Economic Vitality

This area will focus on tax reform, incentives and other proposals designed to help businesses thrive. A healthy private sector is necessary to produce employment, economic growth and the tax revenue state and local governments need to provide critical services.

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Workforce and Livability

This area will focus on workforce development, housing availability, public safety and other policies that will address the labor needs of employers and the basic needs of individuals and families, who have been leaving Oregon by the thousands.

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Fewer Barriers

This area will focus on regulatory policies and behaviors that make doing business in Oregon complex, unpredictable and expensive. Oregon’s land use system, which limits the supply of developable property, is a significant and longstanding barrier.