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Economic Development

Choose East Multnomah County

East Multnomah County is comprised of the four cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village as well as outlying rural areas. The East Multnomah County area possesses many unique characteristics making it an excellent choice to locate or expand your business. East Multnomah County businesses draw on a regional talent pool of 1.2 million workers in the Portland Metro area. The area offers developers a diverse range of sites and buildings. Being situated an easy distance from highway, rail, shipping and air transport gives East Multnomah County companies a leading edge when it comes to accessing today’s global marketplace.

2,893 Businesses Call Gresham Home

Gresham Oregon is the fourth largest city within the State.  This dynamic and vibrant community attracts business owners due to the City's commitment to empowering growth by providing accurate information with a sense of urgency and support.  Coupled with a healthy and well planned infrastructure businesses continue to move and start their businesses in Gresham.  As of November 2021, the City of Gresham has 2,893 registered businesses within the City employing over 26,000 people.

2,156 Commercial Businesses

12 Food Carts

693 Home-based Businesses

31 Independent Contractors

Gresham Oregon Mayor Travis Stovall
Mayor Travis Stovall

The City of Gresham offers a variety of incentives to encourage job creation and new investment by traded sector companies. From streamlined and responsive support for relocating or expanding companies, to property tax abatement programs and lightning fast land use review and approval, the Economic Development team stands ready to support traded sector business success in Gresham.

Regional Demographics

East Multnomah County has experienced rapid growth from a rural, farming region to a burgeoning urban area that provides a high quality of life for its residents and business community. Click here to see demographics on Multnomah County as well as the individual cities.

Certificate of Origin

As a service to the business community, the Chamber offers the seal for Certificate of Origin documents to companies shipping goods outside of the United States. Click here for more information on this program.

Education of Workforce

East Multnomah County’s workforce is ready to work and is trained in complex manufacturing processes. Workforce development partners are at the table from the start to help identify training resources and to keep employees on top of changing technologies and business practices.

Mt. Hood Community College offers customized training for employees. Watch the video below to learn more about the program.