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Oregon Business & Industry is thrilled to announce the selection of two honorees to receive the Oregon Visionary Award – OBI’s highest honor – at its annual Vision Oregon Event, which will take place at the Portland Art Museum on Oct. 23.

OBI’s Visionary Award recognizes people, employers and organizations that strengthen Oregon’s economy and contribute significantly to shared prosperity by developing solutions to significant problems. At a time when Oregon’s reputation has struggled and its economic competitiveness has waned, this year’s Visionary Award winners have demonstrated how well the state, driven by its private sector, still works. When it comes to innovation and inspiration, Oregon can still deliver.

The 2024 Visionary Award winners are:

Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute (ATAMI). As a core unit of OSU Advantage within the Division of Research and Innovation, ATAMI is a vibrant incubator for businesses leveraging cutting-edge flow chemistry and manufacturing technologies. Located on Hewlett-Packard’s Corvallis campus, this unique collaboration hub brings together Oregon State University engineers and private-sector partners to propel research, development and commercialization. ATAMI offers an impressive array of state-of-the-art tools and is home to the OSU Advantage Accelerator, which provides startups with crucial training and guidance for every stage of their journey. By providing comprehensive workforce training and access to top-tier researchers and equipment, ATAMI supports business success and fuels economic growth in communities across Oregon, fostering a thriving ecosystem and contributing to OSU’s strategic plan of “prosperity widely shared.”

ZGF and Hoffman Skanska Joint Venture for their leading roles in creating PDX Next. Beginning this summer, the first and last thing visitors to Oregon will see is Portland International Airport’s new main terminal, an architectural tribute to the state’s landscape, its evolving industries and its unique culture. Designed to evoke the feeling of a walk in the forest, the new terminal will maximize access to natural light and feature abundant greenery beneath an undulating, 9-acre mass timber roof (above). The terminal also will provide a uniquely Portland experience by giving visitors access to many local shops and restaurants – and reintroducing the airport’s famous PDX carpet. The terminal will accomplish all of this while minimizing energy use and carbon emissions. The project combines the architectural vision of ZGF with the expertise of Hoffman Construction and Skanska, whose joint venture made it happen.

This year’s Vison Oregon event will feature a keynote address by noted political commentator Chris Stirewalt, who hosts the “Ink Stained Wretches” podcast and serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, focusing on American politics, voting trends, public opinion and the media. At the event, OBI will also announce the winner of the Coolest Thing Made in Oregon contest.

Past winners of the Visionary Award include the Families First Childcare Center and OMIC R&D in 2023 and Looptworks founder Scott Hamlin and Dutch Bros in 2022.

The Vision Oregon Event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Portland Art Museum. It will run from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.