Final Report, Feb 2016

2015 Legislative Briefings
Watch video presentation to Senate and House committees Nov 17 and 18

2015 Summer Workshop Results
Learn about discussions through workshop notes from each location.

Portland, July 24—Notes
Redmond, July 28—Notes
Hermiston, July 29—Notes
Ontario, Aug 10—Notes
Albany, Aug 11—Notes
Medford, Aug 12—Notes

News Feed
Read news articles gathered during initiative activities and research.

Oregon Trade Solutions

2016 Summer Meetings

The Oregon Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization will hold several meetings this summer to discuss state and local transportation needs with community leaders and the public across Oregon.

House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney created the special committee to develop a statewide transportation package for consideration during the 2017 session—a top priority for the presiding officers and legislators around the state.

July 20, 5:00 pm
Prince Lucien Campbell Hall Room 180
University of Oregon
1415 Kincaid Street, Eugene

August 18, 5:30 pm
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way, Bend

August 31, 5:00 pm
Jackson County Library
Medford Branch
205 S. Central Avenue, Medford

September 15, 5:00 pm
Embarcadero Hotel
1000 SE Bay Blvd, Newport

September 19, 5:00 pm
Shirley Huffman Auditorium
Hillsboro Civic Center
150 E Main Street, Hillsboro

In April 2015, with fewer shipping options available for Oregon exporters and importers, Governor Kate Brown launched an initiative to help small businesses get their products to global markets.

As part of the initiative, the International Trade and Logistics' Steering Committee conducted research on the economic impact of the loss of container service on Oregon shippers. The committee engaged with transportation and trade experts in the shipper community to explore their respective needs and concerns, and then got to work developing recommendations to address the issues surrounding the movement of goods.

More than 300 people participated in eight community forums in Portland, Redmond, Hermiston, Ontario, Albany, Medford, Grand Ronde, and Wilsonville as part of the effort. Legislative hearings held in mid-November 2015 provided another opportunity for shippers to make their concerns heard.

In February 2016, the Steering Committee recommended a series of actions to the Oregon Legislature, intended to help Oregon businesses that are facing increased transportation costs, longer transit times, reduced reliability, greater business risks, loss of markets and market share, and other business impacts. The goal is to help Oregon businesses move freight to markets and compete globally.

Initiative Report

Read the Steering Committee's report and the recommendations for action.

Why Global Trade Matters to Oregonians

Global trade supports farms, forests and manufacturers from Brookings to Baker City and Astoria to Burns. Trade supports nearly 500,000 jobs in Oregon. Nearly 90 percent of the state's exporters are small- or medium-sized companies, and imports into Oregon deliver supplies to our manufacturing plants and goods to our corner stores.
>>Get trade facts
>>Learn about small business assistance for entering into new global markets
>>Learn about container shipping support at the Port of Portland