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, SolarWorld, Sanyo Solar, Vestas, and Daimler Trucks.
In terms of international trade, Oregon is the ninth most active state the U.S., with Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia, and Mexico among its largest trading partners. Source: Office of Trade and Industry Information, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Source: Oregon Innovation Plan 2011-2013, Business Oregon
In terms of educational exchange, Oregon hosts 6,678 international students from over 100 countries, with the top five countries represented by Japan, China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and India. Oregon also sends over 3,500 students abroad every year in the form of exchange programs and language and cultural immersion programs.
IIE Open Doors Statistics (Fall 2011)
Fact: What do the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2010 South African World Cup have in common with Oregon? The playing fields used for both events used grass seed cultivated in Oregon.