Goals and Strategies
Economic Development Traded Sector Jobs Strategy is a continuation of strategies established with key direction from City Council. The goals and strategies are designed to further develop the vision of Gresham as a premier economic engine and key partner in Portland metropolitan regional growth in the following areas:
Strengthen and grow Gresham's existing manufacturing sector, retain existing family wage jobs, and create new family wage jobs through expansion of existing companies and recruitment of new companies.
Further Gresham's position as a preferred location for clean technology companies, including support industries. Expand focus to include clean technology sub-sectors like electric vehicles, battery storage, smart grid technology, building integrated systems and wind, wave and solar manufacturing.
Encourage job creation and new investment in Gresham's industrial and regional centers. Focus on professional service companies which fit the industrial services model allowed by Gresham's development code.
We also focus on several key partnerships which include Port of Portland, Greater Portland, Inc., the Metropolitan Export Initiative, and Mt. Hood Community College. The partnerships include joint marketing, recruitment and retention, strengthening export leadership, and education and workforce support opportunities.