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Economic Development

What's New?
  • Beers and Board Games Coming to Downtown Tigard
    The ongoing revitalization of downtown Tigard is set to receive a big boost with the opening of Senet Tap House and Versus Board Games, the first combined tap house and retail board game shop in the Portland region. Senet Tap House was preliminarily awarded an Urban Renewal Matching Grant to make interior upgrades that will help them open for business in spring 2019. Read more here.
  • Wall Street Improvement Project Nears Completion
    Construction of Wall Street south of Hunziker Rd. is near complete. This project will improve vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian access and unlock the development potential of a vacant 40-acre site adjacent to the street improvements. Learn more.
  • Inside Tigard Guide Showcases City’s Indoor Entertainment Businesses
    From archery to skydiving, Tigard is home to an increasing number of indoor entertainment businesses. The City of Tigard has created “Inside Tigard,” a print brochure and interactive online map that showcase Tigard’s diverse collection of these businesses, from archery to skydiving. By rolling out “Inside Tigard” during the rainy season, staff hope to expand visitor options during the wet Pacific Northwest winter, and make Tigard’s indoor entertainment businesses a year-round destination.
  • Tigard Street Heritage Trail Survey
    As trail design moves forward, we need YOUR input on content for future interpretative elements. An online survey is available for residents to gauge their interest in certain topics and provide feedback as to what interpretative elements should be explored.

Local Business Spotlight

Game On for Versus Board Games & Senet Tap House

Exciting changes are happening in Downtown Tigard! The opening of Senet Tap House and Versus Board Games, the first combined tap house and retail board game shop in the Portland region, are the newest additions to the unique shopping and restaurants options in downtown. Versus Board Games on Main Street

Senet Tap House is slated to open in March 2019 on the second floor of 12553 SW Main Street. The business will overlook adjacent Fanno Creek and offer a library of board games to play, alongside a food menu and beer and wine crafted in the Pacific Northwest.

The city has preliminarily awarded up to $25,000 in matching grant funding for interior improvements to the Senet Tap House. These improvements include build out of the kitchen, bar, and seating areas, as well as new flooring and electrical upgrades.

Versus Board Games, a retail board game shop, opened for business on December 15, 2018 in the ground floor space below Senet Tap House (12551 SW Main Street). Versus features a wide selection of board games that customers can test out at the upstairs tap house before purchasing.

“Having the opportunity to open a business in downtown Tigard was ideal for our vision” said Senet owner Derrick Wright. “What downtown Tigard is and is going to become is exactly what we are looking to be a part of.”

Mr. Wright’s family history played a part in the decision to locate in downtown Tigard.

“We’re located in the old Tigard Cycle & Ski Shop, where I purchased my first bike,” says Wright. “It wasn’t until I began this search and started talking with my family that I learned that my grandfather owned an appliance repair shop across the creek from my location and that my grandmother went to Tigard High School, when it used to be at the end of Main Street. My mother moved into apartments a short walk from our location when she came to this area and I grew up watching movies at Joy Cinema. With a history rooted in this area over multiple generations, a city that is eager and willing to work with new businesses, and a community happily embracing new entrepreneurs, this feels like the right place and the right time for Senet to become a part of Tigard.”

The historic and walkable downtown is easy to access from the WES Commuter Rail, buses, and Fanno Creek Trail. Make sure your 2019 includes experiencing the downtown transformation.

The Tigard Economy: At a Glance

The City of Tigard has a well-balanced economy that includes more than 3,000 firms employing more than 40,000 people from around the region.

In Tigard, firms in every business sector compete locally, nationally and globally. Employees working for Tigard-based firms earn about $48,000 per year on average.

More than half of Tigard’s residents are in the workforce and the unemployment rate for Tigard residents in the workforce is about 3%. The graphics on this page summarize Tigard’s economic ecosystem with data from the Oregon Employment Department updated in 2014.

Click on the image below to learn more about the Tigard economy.

Average Annual Wage by Sector

Start a Business / Grow a Business

Across the country, 98% of business growth is from startups and expanding companies. Firms located in Tigard have many readily available tools to help them grow at every phase of a company’s life cycle. Whether you’re just getting started out or have been in business for years, the Economic Development Department has compiled a database of resources to help you start, build, manage, and grow your business.

Click here for more information.

Local Incentive Programs

Opportunity Zones
Opportunity Zones can deliver significant tax savings on medium- to long-term investments in economically disadvantaged communities. This new tax incentive pertains to both the capital gains invested initially through a qualified opportunity fund, as well as capital gains earned for the investor by businesses and projects in the zone. Each zone consists of an entire census tract, as established for the decennial U.S. Census. In Tigard, census tracts 307 and 309 are designated Opportunity Zones. Click here for a map of the Opportunity Zones in Tigard. More information on Opportunity Zones can be found by clicking here.

Tigard/Lake Oswego Enterprise Zone
In 2016, the City of Tigard and City of Lake Oswego began a collaboration on the Tigard/Lake Oswego Enterprise Zone. This is a local economic development program that reduces the tax burden on companies investing in equipment, facilities and people. This program offers a 100% tax abatement for three to five years on new capital investments when a firm also increases employment by 10%. Click here for more information.

Urban Renewal Matching Grant Program
The City Center Development Agency has reauthorized the popular Urban Renewal Matching Grant Program for 2018. This fund provides matching grants for existing businesses in the Urban Renewal District to make improvements to the exterior of their business. New catalyst businesses moving into vacant spaces in Downtown are also eligible for funding to make interior upgrades. Click here for more information.

Vertical Housing Development Zone
Tigard's Vertical Housing Development Zone (VHDZ) encourages multi-story mixed-use development in two targeted areas of the City of Tigard. The ten-year partial property tax exemption for new construction applies to the first four floors of residential development built above first-story commercial development.

  • Overview of vertical housing development zone
  • Map showing vertical housing development zone

For more information on VHDZ in Tigard, click here

Tigard Businesses:  In the News

More than 3,300 firms in Tigard are connected to the regional economy. Every day these companies are making the products and providing the services that meet local, regional and global demand. Here are some highlights.

November 16, 2018
Tigard-based Agilyx, which converts waste plastic into crude oil, has reached a new deal to help create a more renewable form of jet fuel. Details here.

October 30, 2018
Tigard’s own Rose City Pepperheads took home the top prize in a national, and well regarded, hot foods contest. Details here.

October 12, 2018
Tigard-based telecommunications company Pacific Star Communications recently secured a $20 million-plus contract with the U.S. Army. Details here.

September 10, 2018
To commemorate signing up its 3 millionth customer, Consumer Cellular donated $3 million to its employees and three charities. Details here.

August 15, 2018
Tigard’s Consumer Cellular, ebs Associates, Solutions Yes, and TerraFirma Foundation Systems all made the Inc. 5000 list, which feature 5,000 companies that have exhibited tremendous three-year growth. Details here.

June 8, 2018
Tigard-based firms TerraFirma Foundation Systems, Future State Consulting, Solutions YES, and 3Point Brand Management all made the Portland Business Journal’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in Oregon and southwest Washington. Details here.

May 21, 2018
Tigard mobile phone and services provider Consumer Cellular invested in a tablet startup whose product is specifically designed for seniors. Details here.

April 27, 2018
Tigard-based small-nuclear power company NuScale Power LLC won a $40 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Energy. Details here.

April 26, 2018
Agilyx recently unveiled innovative, patented technology that allows Styrofoam and other plastics to be recycled into oil that can be refined to make new plastics. This technology is the first commercial scale chemical recycling of polystyrene to styrene oil in the world. Details here.

March 7, 2018
Consolidated Supply Co., a 90-year-old supplier of plumbing equipment, is launching a slate of new digital features to enhance their regional competitiveness and e-commerce user experience. Details here.

... More Business News Here ...

Workforce & Employee Development

Tigard based firms employ more than 42,400 people. Our partners in workforce development are WorkSystems and WorkSource. These partners manage several programs that increase business competiveness and employee retention by supporting employers' commitment to skill-up their existing workforce. Here are some programs that help you develop your workforce.

Exporting & Business Development

Tigard based companies that export can tap into 95% of the worldwide consumer market. This region doubled exports in the last decade.  These resources can help you grow your customer base.

Export Assistance Program
Business Oregon and SBA matching funds for overseas trade shows and trade missions. Tigard businesses that participate in overseas trade shows gain the opportunity to meet potential buyers, test market interest and evaluate the competition. A trade mission can be a cost effective way to meet potential distributors and buyers, secure licensing agreements and explore joint venture opportunities. This program helps cover the cost of these sales tools
Tigard businesses have easy access to experts in international trade through the US Export Assistance Center’s office in Portland. Looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional international markets, these local professionals offer the trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities. 

GPI Export Initiative
Federal and state resources are committed to helping US companies tap into overseas markets and benefit from foreign investment.

NW ConnectoryNW Connectory
This business-to-business search engine makes it possible for customers and partners to easily find Northwest companies with the technical capabilities they need.

Federal Contracts 
Is your business in a HUBZone? Certain parts of Tigard are considered “Historically Underutilized Business Zones.” Certified firms located in these areas are eligible for benefits with Federal prime contracts. Check to see if you’re located in a Tigard HUBZone.


Development & Infrastructure

The City of Tigard is constantly working to improve infrastructure that supports private investment. Here are examples of recent projects.

Brownfields Initiative
Concerned about Contamination?
A brownfield is land that is vacant or underused because of the actual or perceived presence of a hazardous substance or contaminant. Some brownfield sites are actively being used while pollutants remain in the soil or groundwater; the contamination can become an issue when property owners want to expand, redevelop or sell their land.

Tigard's Brownfields Initiative may be able to help. Get started today. Fill out and return the application for Environmental Site Assessment Grant.

Tigard Street Heritage Trail
On Aug. 18, 2016, the Oregon Transportation Commission announced a $700,000 grant to the City of Tigard to upgrade a temporary trail into a path to employment linking one of the city’s manufacturing corridors and downtown commercial district to workers in surrounding neighborhoods. Details for the Tigard Street Heritage Trail are here.

Public Infrastructure in the Hunziker Industrial Core
The City of Tigard is investing in public infrastructure that encourages private sector investment and job creation. Tigard’s Hunziker Industrial Core includes 138 acres of industrial zoned property, home to more than 90 firms located ¾ a mile from Hwy 217 and I-5. In this employment area, 96 acres are underutilized and 42 acres are undeveloped and limited in their economic potential due to a lack of site access and sufficient public infrastructure. The City of Tigard is exploring public infrastructure projects and funding sources to add or improve roads, water, waste water and storm water services in this area.

The first proposed public infrastructure project includes $8 million of roadway, water, sewer, and storm water that will support an estimated $32 million in private sector investment. Development of employment lands like this typically supports in 150 to 300 jobs depending upon the magnitude of private sector investment.

Lake Oswego • Tigard Water Partnership
Tigard and Lake Oswego joined forces in 2008 to upgrade and expand Lake Oswego’s existing water facilities to serve customers in both communities. After searching for more than a decade, Tigard finally owns a share of a drinking water supply. Read more...


Site Selection & Real Estate

Mobile Food Carts on Private Property

This handout (en español) describes where mobile food carts are allowed on private property in Tigard based on current city policy. Food carts on public property (e.g. sidewalks, streets, parks, etc.) are subject to different rules.

Contact Dylan Bemis, Economic Development Coordinator, at 503-718-2560 for assistance with operating a food cart on public property.

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about programs and resources that help you grow your business? 

Dylan Dekay-Bemis
Economic Development Coordinator


Inside Tigard: Indoor Entertainment Guide

From skydiving to scuba, Tigard is home to a wide variety of indoor entertainment. Explore the map above to find your next indoor destination.

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