Portland has many promising traded sector industry clusters, including Green Cities, Athletic & Outdoor, Metals & Machinery, and Food & Beverage Manufacturing. It also has cross-cutting functional clusters around headquarters, software and professional services that intersect with and support these key clusters. Together, these clusters offer major growth opportunities – some in established, growing industries (e.g., Athletic & Outdoor, Software), some more emergent (e.g., Green Cities innovations around grid modernization), and others in legacy industries with a strong employment base and lower barrier to entry positions (e.g. Metals & Machinery).
The five priority industry clusters – Athletic and Outdoor, Green Cities, Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Metals & Machinery, and Software – demonstrate economic strength and competitiveness in Portland and future growth potential, offer quality employment opportunities, and can be leveraged to achieve equity, inclusion, and climate action goals. Organization, leadership, and opportunities for strategic interventions have been analyzed when identifying existing industry-specific opportunities and contribution to a strong ecosystem for growth in each industry.