Businesses moving to Portland citing affordability as #1 reason
One of the factors that had kept home prices low relative to Seattle and San Francisco, was our inability to attract big businesses to Portland. This has all changed recently. According to an article in Portland Business Journal, Portland is still affordable relative to other big business locales around the country. But, “Economic development agencies statewide have been using Portland’s affordability to aggressively recruit companies from high-dollar markets.” The strategy has succeeded in attracting “Google, SalesForce.com, Airbnb and eBay, who all now have Portland offices and collectively employ more than 1,000 workers. Additionally, startups like the targeted email provider Customer.io and rental management software maker Cozy have relocated their companies from New York and San Francisco, respectively, to take advantage of Portland’s lower costs and availablity of talent.” And of course, business giants like Nike, Columbia Sportswear, and Intel have been in Portland forever.