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The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Business Development Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon Business Development Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) develops and implements Oregon’s economic development policy and strategy. The mission of Business Oregon is to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, family-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Business Oregon includes the Infrastructure Finance Authority, where staff and programs assist communities in building infrastructure capacity and community facilities to address public health, safety and compliance issues necessary to improve the quality of life for Oregonians.

The nine-member Oregon Business Development Commission consists of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate plus two members who are non-voting, ex officio members; one appointed by the president of the Senate and one by the speaker of the House. The commission established a framework, intended to work in concert with the Oregon Business Plan, for Business Oregon to further job and wage growth throughout the state. The Infrastructure Finance Authority Board is a nine-member independent board with oversight of the Infrastructure Finance Authority and the state's infrastructure activities. Six board members are appointed by the governor; three are a direct appointment by the treasurer, speaker of the House, and president of the Senate.

The department works closely with state and federal agencies, non-profit groups, businesses, industry groups, cities, counties, local economic development districts, ports and others to create opportunities and address challenges pertaining to economic development. Business Oregon also helps communities meet needs and standards for clean water, wastewater disposal and other public facilities; develop telecommunications infrastructure, particularly in rural Oregon; and support community-identified economic development projects. Business Oregon has nine business development officers located throughout the state where they serve as key contacts for accessing department services:

Baker/Grant/Malheur/Morrow/Umatilla/ Union/Wallowa: 503-508-3147
Benton/Linn/Lane: 541-346-8620
Clackamas/Washington: 503-229-5117
Clatsop/Columbia/Lincoln/Tillamook: 503-791-2732
Coos/Curry/Douglas: 541-267-4651
Crook/Deschutes/Gilliam/Jefferson/Sherman/ Wheeler: 541-322-2036
Harney/Jackson/Josephine/Klamath/Lake: 541-882-1340
Hood River/Multnomah/Wasco: 503-229-5115
Marion/Polk/Yamhill: 503-837-1808

Business Oregon also provides administrative support to the Oregon Arts Commission and distributes funds to the semi-privatized Film and Video Office.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 755 Summer St. NE, Suite 200, Salem 97301-1280
Telephone: 503-986-0123; TTY: 1-800-735-2900
Fax: 503-581-5115
General E-mail:
Contact: Tim McCabe, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Mindee Sublette
Records Officer E-mail: Jim Cunningham
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 285A.070
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog