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Economic Development

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  • Vertical development zone encourages mixed-use projects
    Downtown Idea Exchange recently published an article on Tigard’s Vertical Housing Development Zone (VHDZ), a tax exemption program aimed at diversifying Tigard’s housing options and improving the quality of life for residents. Read the article by clicking the link above and learn more about the VHDZ program in the “Development & Infrastructure” section on this page.
  • 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.
  • City of Tigard publishes guide to starting small business
    The Economic Development department has published a new step-by-step guide to help local entrepreneurs start a business in Tigard. The guide, available in English and Spanish, is complemented by a new webpage with links to local, state, and federal resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Local Business Spotlight

From their manufacturing plant in Tigard, Biamp Systems creates high-performance audio systems for a variety of spaces—from small conference rooms to college campuses and concert halls. This month’s Local Business Spotlight provides an intro to Biamp, examining the company’s history and product line. For more information about Biamp Systems visit:

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.

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.

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.

February 18, 2018
Tigard’s Gem Fitness is responsible for keeping several world class athletes in shape, including the current world champion of boxing’s super welterweight division. Details here.

January 10, 2018
Fido’s, the world’s first dog tap house, invites patrons to drink craft beer while playing with shelter dogs. This innovative, Tigard-based company will also donate a portion of profits to local rescue charities to help tackle the national dog shelter challenge. Details here.

December 21, 2017
Tigard company PWCC Auctions has become a leading player in an evolving and growing market for collectable cards. PWCC sells thousands of trading cards online every month, $50 million worth annually. Details here.

November 22, 2017

With the help of dozens of volunteers, a strong management team and a partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, the Bethlehem House of Bread won a prestigious advocacy award. Details here.

September 12, 2017
Tigard defense contractor Pacific Star Communications won a $10 million contract to provide rugged communications systems to the U.S. Marine Corps. 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.


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%.

Development & Infrastructure

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

Urban Renewal Matching Funds
The City Center Development Agency has reauthorized the popular Urban Renewal Improvement Programs Opportunity Fund for 2017. 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.

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.

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
  • Application for a VHDZ Project (word file)
  • Summary Worksheet for VHDZ Project Certification (xls file)
For more information on VHDZ in Tigard, contact Sean Farrelly at 503-718-2420.

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


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