Located on the Pacific Rim, Oregon holds national and global competitive advantages in areas such as clean technology, outdoor gear and apparel, advanced manufacturing, and forestry and wood products, and is home to the “Silicon Forest”, a concentration of high-tech, “small-tech,” and semiconductor companies that have made a name for Oregon across the globe.
Oregon is headquarters to world-famous companies such as Nike and Columbia Sportswear, and has significant presences of leading companies such as Intel, Adidas, Vestas, Lithia Motors, and Daimler Trucks.
Source: Oregon Innovation Plan 2011-2013, Business Oregon
In terms of international trade, Oregon is the 22nd biggest exporting state in the US, with Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam among its largest trading partners.
In terms of educational exchange, in 2018, Oregon hosted 12,580 international students, with the top five countries of origin being China, Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, and South Korea. Oregon also sent nearly 4,000 students abroad in the form of exchange programs and language and cultural immersion programs.
IIE Open Doors Statistics (2018)
Fun Fact: Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River Blue Cheese was named the best cheese in the world in 2019 at the World Cheese Awards in Italy. This was the first time a US cheese had won the award. Rogue Creamery is located near Medford, Oregon.