Portland Community Profile

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Phone 503-823-4000 • Fax 503-823-3588
Web Page http://www.ci.portland.or.us/ • E-Mail: cityinfo@ci.portland.or.us

City Location

County(ies): Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas  Incorporated in 1851
Location: North Willamette Valley, largest city in Oregon
Nearest Major Highway and Distance: I-5 | Local
Nearest Major City and Distance:
Seattle, WA | 180 miles, Estimated Drive Time: 3.5 hours
Distance to Portland:

Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, State of Oregon Map; Oregon Blue Book


Recreational Amenities

Portlanders enjoy the outdoors, taking full advantage of year-round activities. City boasts 9,700 acres of parks in 200 locations ranging from the smallest park in the world to the largest urban wilderness in an American city. The coast is less than 80 miles directly west, Mt. Hood is one hour from downtown offering year-round skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, camping and fishing. Portland is home the NBA Trail Blazers, the Western Hockey League Portland Winter Hawks, Portland Timbers Soccer and the Portland Beavers, a AAA farm team of the San Diego Padres. Each year Portland is home to the Rose Festival, including an Indy car circuit stop. There are 15 private golf clubs and 22 public golf courses in the Portland area. Money Magazine voted Portland the best place to live in America, describing it as "San Francisco without the hassle and expense". Portland has also been rated the best place to study in the US by eGrad; it was voted the most kid-friendly city by educationalists - and the best city for cycling by a leading US bike magazine. Much of downtown is suitable for walking, and all trains, buses and streetcars within the city center are free.

Planning a vacation or a tour through an area of Oregon? Visit the Oregon Tourism Commission's web site at http://www.traveloregon.com/ for more information.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, local convention and visitor bureau


Climate

Elevation: 77'      Measurement Location: Portland

Temperature:
Monthly Ave. Low: 34°F           Monthly Ave. High: 80°F
Hottest Month: August                  Coldest Month: January
Driest Month: July                    Wettest Month: December
Average annual precipitation: 37.390"

Humidity (Hour 10, local time):
Average July afternoon humidity: 62%
Average January afternoon humidity: 82%

Source: Oregon Climate Service

Information in the Community Profiles was derived from many sources, including local, state and federal sources. The Oregon Business Development Department cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Questions and comments may be directed to the department by telephone 503-986-0123, by fax 503-581-5115 or by email biz.info@state.or.us.


Profile Topics

Climate
Population
Community Age Groups
Housing
Industries and Products
Demographic Data
5 Largest Employers
Economic Development Orgs
Education
Financial Institutions
Taxes
Business Taxes
Public Safety
Community Communications
Planning/Zoning
Water Supply
Wastewater Treatment System
Telecommunications
Natural Gas & Electrical
Transportation


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Demographics

Population

1990200020052006
City of Portland438,802 529,121 556,370 562,690
Multnomah County 583,887 660,486 692,825 701,545
Washington County 311,554 445,342 489,785 500,585
Clackamas County 278,850 338,391 361,300 367,040
Sources: 1990, 2000 US Census; 2205, 2006 Center for Population Research and Census, Portland State University. 0 indicates data is unavailable.


Multnomah County 465 sq miles   1,509 persons/sq mile Sources: figures based on 2006 PSU population estimates;
Washington County 727 sq miles   689 persons/sq mile Oregon Bluebook county square mileage
Clackamas County 1,879 sq miles   195 persons/sq mile




Community Age Groups


1970198019902000
Under 5 years29,779 23,883 30,314 32,300

5-19 years94,079 68,259 76,792 93,261

20-44 years114,472 150,431 193,287 224,058

45-64 years90,607 67,881 73,269 118,339

65+ years56,682 55,929 63,657 61,163

Median Age32 31 34 35.2

Source: US Census, 0 or N/A indicates data is not available. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Housing

Total Housing Units1970198019902000Median Value of
Owner-Occupied
Housing, 2000
City of Portland161,093 167,911 198,319 237,269 $154,700
Multnomah County 190,829 231,870 255,751 288,561 $157,900
Washington County 46,085 89,348 124,716 178,913 $184,800
Clackamas County 49,159 84,424 109,003 136,954 $199,000


City of Portland 2000 Housing Breakout:Also visit Housing and
Community Services Web Site:
Vacancy Rate:5.7%
Median Owner Cost

http://www.hcs.state.or.us/
Owner Occupied:1,786
(mortgaged):$1,158

Renter Occupied:1,031
Median Gross Rent:$622

Source: US Census. Median value is the middle value, not an average.

Economic Development and Employment

Principal Industries of the County(ies):
Multnomah County—
Washington County—Agriculture, business services, manufacturing (rubber & plastic; industrial machine & equipment, instruments, electronics)
Clackamas County—Paper, lumber, agriculture, manufacturing (fabricated metal products and industrial machine and equipment)

Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Agricultural Products of the Area (Top 3 largest gross farm sales):
Multnomah County—Specialty products, vegetable crops, small fruits and berries
Washington County—Specialty products, grass and legume seeds, small fruits and berries
Clackamas County—Specialty products, eggs and poultry, small fruits and berries

Source: Oregon State University, Extension Economic Information Office

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the County:
Multnomah County 1,386
Washington County 838
Clackamas County 651
Source: Oregon Employment Department, Covered Employment and Payroll Reports, 1998

Total Number of Manufacturing Companies in the City: 1,243
Source: City Administration


Economic Indicators


Clackamas CountyWashington CountyMultnomah CountyOregon

200120022001200220012002200020012002


Population345,150350,850455,800463,050666,350670,2503,421,3993,471,7003,504,700
Labor Force192,324193,676270,572272,311376,271377,0761,802,9381,793,7731,840,133
Total Employment1,715,4531,679,9141,701,390
Unemployment9,15412,98513,67318,22224,02532,12087,485113,859138,743
Unemployment Rate4.8%6.7%5.1%6.7%6.3%8.5%4.9%6.3%7.5%
Non-Farm Payroll Employment0001,606,8001,596,1001,572,500
Total Covered Employment133,998133,957228,509221,543444,397428,9191,607,9441,596,9431,573,083
Total Covered Payroll
($ thousands county/
$ millions state)
$4,515,620$4,599,031$9,645,548$9,296,987$16,739,352$16,401,231$52,701$53,021$52,989
Ave. Annual Payroll Per Employee$33,699$34,332$42,211$41,965$37,668$38,239$32,776$33,202$33,684
Number of Business Units10,43510,70113,30213,52224,38324,806108,432111,353113,097
Total Personal Income ($ millions)$123,237$125,172$149,419$149,761$225,958$228,546$94,999$98,500$101,358
Annual Per Capita Personal Income$35,676$35,543$32,218$31,578$$33,840$27,649$28,40028,792
Assessed Value of Property ($ millions)$0$32,394$0$45,004$0$63,415$198,911$210,435$219,878
Residential Construction
  Building Permits
  Value ($ thousands)

1,995
$395,258

1,813
$387,611

4,075
$678,116

4,255
$724,645

2,896
$352,975

3,282
$389,127

19,877
$2,533

21,049
$2,985

22,186
$3,347
Travel Expenditures ($ millions)$0$327,100$0$341,300$0$169,300$6,133$6,128$6,208
Travel-Related Employment03,66004,530018,94089,80091,10090,200



 Preliminary Data
Sources: Oregon Employment Department; Center for Population Research & Census, PSU; U.S. Census Bureau; Bureau of Economic Analysis; Oregon Tourism Commission; Oregon Department of Revenue; Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.

5 Largest Employers, Public and Private as of September, 2001

Employer—Product/ServiceNumber of
Employees
Intel Corporation—Microcomputer Chips 15,000

Providence Health Systems—Health Care 12,800

Oregon Health Sciences University—School/Research/Health Care 11,000

Fred Meyer—Retailer 10,744

Legacy Health Systems—Health Care 7,158

Source: City Administration

Oregon Employment Labor Market Information

This link takes you to the Oregon Employment Department, Labor Market Analysis database. County information can be obtained here. http://olmis.emp.state.or.us/—Click on Regional Information.




Local and Regional Economic Development Organizations

City of Portland—http://www.ci.portland.or.us/ 503-823-4000

Portland Development Commission—http://www.pdc.us/ 503-823-3200

Economic & Community Development Department Regional Development Officer—http://econ.oregon.gov/ 503-229-5115

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department

Education/Workforce


Public and Private Schools K–12

Public School District:
Portland School District 1J, David Douglas SD 40, Centennial SD 28J, Parkrose SD 3


Other Schools in the School District (Private, Parochial)
To see if there are private and/or parochial schools in this district please visit http://www.ode.state.or.us/pubs/directory/

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Community Colleges and Public Universities

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For a list of public and private educational institutions in Oregon visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/ed.htm.


Workforce

Oregon Economic and Community Development Department Workforce Advocate 503–986–0207, or visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/workforce.htm. Locate local workforce assistance at http://www.worksourceoregon.org/.


Financial Information


Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks: 17   Savings and Loans: 5   Credit Unions: 12

Source: City Administration

Taxes

Sales Tax Oregon has no general sales tax.

Property Tax
Property—Who pays? Owners of real and business personal property, according to the assessed value of taxable residential, commercial, farm, industrial, utility and timber property.

County assessors use permanent rates set for all taxing districts in fiscal year 1997–98, when taxes were significantly reduced with a statewide average 17 percent cut in tax levies. Certain types of levies are outside this reduction. The tax rates cannot exceed $15 per $1,000 of real market value. For 1997–98, all property was valued by county assessors at 90 percent of the July 1, 1995, levels. For subsequent years, assessed values are limited to a 3 percent annual growth rate. Construction since July 1, 1995, is valued at the average rate of similar properties in the area. Business personal property requires annual filing. One–third payment is due by November 15. If fully paid by November 15, a 3 percent discount is allowed. Special exemptions, tax relief programs and deferrals are available. For more information contact the Multnomah County assessor’s office at 503–248–3326.


Tax rates are representative of the largest tax code in the city. The rates are expressed as tax liability per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Multnomah CountyWashington CountyClackamas County
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1997-98$18.79 $14.29 $14.02
Average Compressed Tax Rate 1998-99$18.82 $14.31 $14.23
Average 1999 Housing Value$110,282 $134,605 $142,317
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1997-98$2,023.86 $1,851.87 $1,925.31
Ave Res Property Tax Paid on Ave House 1998-99$2,075.51 $1,926.20 $2,025.17
Average School rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . $6.82

Average Non-School Rate 1998-99. . . . $12.57

Average City Rate 1998-99 . . . . . . . . . $6.83



Business Taxes
Property—see above

Income—Corporations doing or authorized to do business in Oregon pay excise tax. Corporations not doing or authorized to do business, but having income from an Oregon source, pay income tax. For more information contact the Oregon Department of Revenue, 955 Center St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–378–4988, http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Unemployment Insurance—Employers pay this. For 2002, new employers are assigned a fixed rate of 3 percent of taxable wage base. Tax rates for existing employers are based on employers' experience and range from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of taxable wage base. Taxes are paid quarterly and are due by the end of the month following the quarter. In 2002, the tax is paid on the first $25,000 of wages paid to each employee. The rate schedule in effect depends on the balance in the Trust Fund as of August 31 each year and the amount of revenue needed to maintain the balance at a level adequate to pay benefits. For more information contact the Oregon Employment Department, 875 Union St., NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503–947–1488, web http://www.employment.oregon.gov/.

Utilities, Railroad, Weight-mile—Who pays? All railroads and investor-owned utilities operating with the state pay an annual fee. For-hire and private motor carriers operating into, within and through the state pay weight-mile taxes. Rates—limit of .25 percent of gross operating revenues of investor-owned utilities; .25 percent charged on 2002 revenues. Limit of .35 percent on gross operating revenues of railroads; .267 percent charged in 2002 revenues. Applications, plate fees and per-mile rates dependent on declared combined weight of vehicle. For more information contact the Oregon Public Utility Commission, 550 Capitol St., NE, Suite 215, Salem, OR 97301–2551, 503–378–6611, web http://www.oregon.gov/PUC/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Rail Section, 555 13th St., NE, Salem, OR 97310–1333, 503–986–4125, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/RAIL/; Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transport Branch, 550 Capitol St., NE, Salem, OR 97301–3871, 503–378–6699, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/.


Incentives
Oregon's Business Incentives.

Other incentives: N/NE Portland Enterprise and Electronic Commerce Zone; Quality Jobs/Employee Investment Programs; Portland's private utilities also provide several programs which can reduce the cost of equipment and its operating costs. Utility rebate programs for energy conserving buildings and equipment are available. Design assistance, generally without charge, and cash incentives are available to maximize energy efficiency and help recover capital investment.


Miscellaneous
Motor Vehicle Licensing, Driver Licensing, Fuels—Who pays? Owners and operators of motor vehicles. Oil companies importing fuels. Truckers using Oregon highways. Fees—Registration fees, driver license fees and renewals (contact the Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services division 503–945–5000, web http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/

Hunting and Fishing Licenses—contact Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207, general information 503–872–5268, licenses/tags/permits 503–872–5275, web http://www.dfw.state.or.us/.

Amusement Device Tax—An excise tax is imposed upon every person who operates an amusement device in Oregon. An amusement device is a video lottery game terminal. More information from the Oregon Lottery Commission, 500 Airport Rd SE, Salem, 97301, web http://www.oregonlottery.org/.

Emergency Communications (9–1–1) Tax—Telephone companies providing local exchange access services in Oregon Collect this tax from their customers. The tax, which is $0.75 per line per month, is reported and paid quarterly. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Hazardous Substance Fee—Paid by possessors of nonpetroleum hazardous substance. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Petroleum Load Fee—Paid by petroleum suppliers and importers to Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Timber Severance Tax—Paid by timber owners on harvested timber’s value. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Forest Products Harvest Tax—Paid on timber cut from any land in Oregon. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Dry Cleaning Tax—Paid by operators of dry cleaning facilities. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Alcoholic Beverages—Manufacturers and/or import wholesalers of malt beverages and wines pay a privilege tax. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines pay license fees. Employees who serve alcoholic beverages pay for service permits. For more information contact the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, PO Box 22297, Portland, OR 97222, 503–872–5000 or 1–800–452–6522 (in Oregon), web http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/.

Tobacco Products—Cigarette and tobacco products distributors are required to purchase tax stamps for cigarettes or pay a percentage of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. More information from the Oregon Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Transit Payroll Tax–paid by employers in the Tri-Met (Portland area) and Lane Transit District (Eugene) for mass transit systems. Administered by the Department of Revenue, web http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/.

Many local governments in Oregon collect other taxes, such as hotel-motel taxes. Contact the city or county in which you are interested for more complete information about taxes in that area.

Source: Oregon Department of Revenue, “A Summary of Taxes,” January 2002; County information–County Assessor’s Office

Community Services and Resources


Public Safety/Emergency Services

Fire Station(s) serving community: Portland Bureau of F&R and EMS, 27 stations
Number of paid and volunteer firefighters: 710
Rating by Insurance Services Organization (ISO): 5-8
Comments: 2000 data; *number of firefighters unreported-last reported numbers.
Fast Facts Portland Fire Bureau 2002

Police Department: Portland Police Bureau
Number of paid and reserve officers: 1,361
Comments: Source: Portland Police Bureau 2002 - 2003

Nearest Hospital and distance: 11 Hospitals in Portland
Regional Hospital and distance:
Emergency services to community: Portland Fire & Rescue, 62 emergency response vehicles
General Clinic(s): 2,373

Source: City Administration

Communications Resources

Local Newspapers: The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune

Regional Newspapers: Salem Statesman Journal

Radio Stations: 24 stations

TV Stations: 8 stations

Available Cable Television: Two major companies provide cable services to a majority of Oregonians. AT&T Cable provides telecommunications service in the Portland metro area and to the major cities in the Willamette Valley (Salem, Albany, Corvallis and Eugene). Charter Communications serves the Oregon coast, Southern Oregon and Eastern Oregon. http://www.econ.state.or.us/telecom/index.htm

Telephone Service Provider(s): Qwest, AT&T

Local Internet Service Provider(s): Yes
Number of Internet Service Providers: 66+
Source: City Administration

Library System
17 public libraries

Source: City Administration

Planning Service/Regulatory

Regulatory SystemYear AcknowledgedYear Last
Revised
Year of Periodic ReviewComments
Comprehensive Plan1981
2005
Zoning Ordinance


Called Title 33
Building Permit System
2003

Subdivision Ordinance
2002

Strategic Plan
2002



Territory Covered by Zoning
Municipality Yes     County No
Source: City Administration

Industrial Lands
Does the Community seek industrial development? Yes
Access Statewide industrial lands database—http://www.oregonprospector.com/
Source: Economic and Community Development Department

Special Districts and Associations (ports, water, sewer, etc.)
Name of Special District and the Oregon Revised Statute it was created under:
Port of Portland: http://www.portofportland.com/ Phone: 503.944.7000 Created in 1891 to dredge a shipping channel from Portland to the sea, its responsibilities now include owning and maintaining five marine terminals, four airports (Portland International, Hillsboro, Mulino and Troutdale airports) and seven business parks. Metro of Portland: (Metropolitan Service District of Portland) http://www.metro-region.org/ Phone: 503.797.1700 1st Augmented - 1979 - Metro Home rule Charter committee 1991.

Special Districts Association of Oregon—727 Center St., NE Salem, OR 97301, 503–371–8667 or 800–285–5461 http://www.sdao.com/
Source: City Administration

Infrastructure/Transportation


Water Supply

Operator: City of Portland
District: Portland Water Bureau
Source: Surface Water; Bull Run watershed and groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Wellfield as supplemental supply.
Supply: Capacity (MGD) - 210; Pressure (PSI) - Normally 40 - 80

Current Water Utilization on Meter Size (MGD): 57 MGD
Water Costs per thousand gallons: Both residential and commercial pay $1.63 per ccf - which is $2.18 per thousand gallons. (for 2002-2003).
Water Costs for Total Consumption of Residential: Based on 7,000 gallons = $16.82

Age of Water System: 1895

Water System Comment(s): System Development charges based on size; Hook up fees; monthly service charge. Provides water to 25% of the citizens of Oregon.

Compliance Issues: None

Water debt repayment included as part of tax assessment? No

Date of Current Master Plan: 2003

Plans for Upgrading or Expanding: Infrastructure Master Plan, 2002
Source: City Administration

Wastewater Treatment System

Operator: City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services          Age of Wastewater Collection System: 1951
District: Bureau of Environmental Services

System Design Capacity (MGD): Design Flow CBWTP: Average Dry Weather Capacity (ADWC) - 120 mgd; Peak Wet Weather Capacity (PWWC) - 300 mgd when pumping to Columbia River is required; Design Flow TCWTP: The secondary portion of the plant was designed for 8.3 mgd; however, TCWTP can treat peak flows up to 20 mgd for a limited duration.     System Utilization (MGD): CBWTP - 70 MGD; TCWTP - 8 MGD
Collection System Fees: None    Hook-up or Connection Fee: None
Access Fee or System Development Fee: $2,275/equivalent dwelling unit (FY03)

Comment(s) on Wastewater System: The service area boundary for the City of Portland covers approximately 95,000 acres (29,000 acres are served by a combined sewer system, and 66,000 acres are served by a separate sanitary sewer system). Water consumption records indicate that 58% of the total dry weather flow originates from combined sewer services areas, while the remaining 42% originates from separated sewer services areas. Portland has a total of approximately 155,241 residential customers and 13,106 commercial customers. The wastewater load population equivalent to the CBWTP is about 613,639. Portland¡¯s sewerage system consists of a network of more than 2,257 miles (¡Ö 982 miles sanitary sewer, 850 miles combined sewer and 425 miles storm sewer) of collection system piping, ranging in diameter from two to 144 inches; 91 pump stations; and two sewage treatment plants (CBWTP and TCWTP) which have a combined average dry weather flow (ADWF) capacity of 108 mgd. The sewerage system receives wastewater from a service population equivalent of 932,905. The Spill Protection and Citizen Response Section of BES¡¯ Compliance Division administers the septage program. Haulers that discharge septage at the CBWTP require both City authorization and a DEQ issued sewage disposal service license. Portland has actively worked with industries to reduce toxic pollutants discharged to the CBWTP and TCWTP since 1974. As a result, many industrial users have installed pretreatment systems or executed other control measures to reduce the level of pollutants discharged to the City¡¯s sewerage system. The Bureau of Environmental Service¡¯s (BES) Industrial Source Control Division (ISCD) has administered a state and federally approved industrial pretreatment program since 1983. The program was implemented as a federal mandate to control the discharge of toxic pollutants from industrial sources that interfere with the operation of Portland¡¯s wastewater treatment plants, collection systems, and biosolids products uses. Under the program, the City has progressively increased its permitting, monitoring, and enforcement activities on industrial users.

Compliance Issues: Both of the City of Portland wastewater treatment plants have received four consecutive Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) Gold Awards signifying that association¡¯s recognition of each plant¡¯s 100% compliance with its NPDES permit each year.

Date of Last Facility Plan: Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant Facility Plan, 1995, (In 1995, a long-range facilities plan was completed for the CBWTP. The plan identifies improvements necessary to meet community wastewater treatment needs through the year 2040. The facilities plan also addresses improvements to the Triangle Lake Lagoon and makes long-range recommendations for the plant's biosolids recycling program.); Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Facilities Plan, 1998; Public Facilities Plan (Collection System), 1999

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Highlights: CBWTP Effluent Pumping, 2005 CBWTP Influent Pumping, 2006 West Side CSO Project, 2006 CBWWTF Headworks, 2007 East Side CSO Project, 2011

Storm Drain: Yes    Storm Water Discharge Fee:
Fees or issues related to storm drains:
Source: City Administration

Utilities

Telecommunications
Is there access to broadband
infrastructure?
Yes

If yes, check all that apply:
Microwave Fiberoptic Satellite

Is there route diversity? Yes
AccessMonthly FeeOther Fee
T1 Yes Unknown
DSL Yes 42.95 - 55.95
Cable Yes 46.99 - 89.99

For Oregon Telecommunications information and resources, visit http://www.oregon4biz.com/inn.htm.

Natural Gas—Provider: Northwest Natural Gas
Lines and Feed: A range of sizes exists. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Rate Structure: Residential rate is $.87016 per therm. Industrial and commercial rates vary. Please contact Northwest Natural Gas at 503-226-4211 for more information.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion:


Electrical—Provider: Portland General Electric (PGE) & Pacific Power. In addition, publicly-owned utility districts or municipalities serve Vancouver, Wa and portions of metropolitan Portland.
Lines and Feed: Power is transmitted to the Portland area through 230kV transmission lines, where the voltage is stepped down to 115kV (and in some cases 57kV) for power transmission to distribution substations throughout the region. At each distribution substation, the voltage is further stepped down to 13kV for distribution through neighborhoods to homes and businesses. Customers can elect to choose the voltage at which they receive electric power service. Most homes and smaller businesses choose 120V/480V. Larger businesses can receive power at either 13kV or 115kV, and use their own transformers and other equipment to step down the voltage to meet their specific requirements. For businesses with power-sensitive and high-reliability needs, special site-specific arrangements may be made, such as alternative service and backup generators. PGE offers Reliability Centers in four locations to serve clusters of customers with these, or similar, requirements.

Rate Structure Residential rate (Schedule 7): $10 Basic Charge plus 5.918 cents per kWh for the first 250 kWh and 7.029 cents for all additional kWh above 250 kWh plus 3% public purpose charge and 38 cents per bill for low income bill payment assistance.

Small nonresidential rate (Schedule 32 or less than 30 kW): Basic Charge $10 for single phase and $16 for three phase. 7.547 cents per kWh for the first 5,000 kWh and 5.461 cents per kWh for all additional kWh above 5,000 kWh. This includes 0.038 cents per kWh for the low income bill payment assistance program before the 3% public purpose charge.

Large nonresidential and industrial rate: visit http://www.portlandgeneral.com/ or call PGE Customer Service 1-800-542-8818.

Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Businesses seeking to expand should contact the utility to ensure that electrical distribution feeders and other facilities used to deliver power to the customer site are adequate.

Solid Waste Management: Metro

Permit Status: N/A

Utility Expansion Plans: Utilities are regularly upgrading and expanding their facilities to meet changing customer requirements.

Utilities Source: City Administration; PGE information supplied by PGE. Note: We update utility rates periodically. Actual rates may change more often than that. For the most current rate for any carrier please consult the Public Utilities Commission web site at http://www.puc.state.or.us/commsion/default.htm Click on the Statistics 200x label (x being the most recent year).


Transportation

Highways I-5 N/S route, local access; I-84 E/W route, local access   Transportation Access Fee: $0

Community Air Service Yes Portland International Airport 14 carriers, 500 flights/day If no local service, list closest Air Facility
Air Passenger Service: Yes
Airport Freight Service: Yes 14 carriers, National Daily service
Air Service Comments: The Port of Portland owns and operates a system of four airports. This system is designed to meet the needs of both commercial aviation, and smaller personal and business aircraft.These include: Hillsboro, Troutdale, Mulino and Portland International airports. 3/week to Seoul, 2/wk to Luxembourg, 2/wk to Beijing & Shanghai, Daily to Frankfurt

Rail Service: Yes Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific
Freight Service: Yes    Passenger Service: Yes
If no local service, list closest Rail Service:

Marine Yes
Description: 5 marine terminals and 2 dry docks
Docks, Port Facilities: http://www.casgen.com/profile/portland_shipyard/dry_dock.htm; Visit the Port of Portland Web Site at http://www.portofportlandor.com/
Plans for Upgrade/Expansion: Approximately every 10 years, the Port of Portland updates its Marine Terminals Master Plan to determine goals and objectives for its marine facilities on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Although the plan encompasses a span of 20 years, it will focus primarily on the next 10 years. Marine Terminals Master Plan 2020 http://www.portofportland.com/marine/mtmp/ The Port of Portland has completed the update of it¡¯s Marine Terminals Master Plan (MTMP). The Port's current update of the MTMP will encompass 20 years, while focusing on modernizing and redeveloping existing facilities to accommodate a doubling of cargo volumes over the next 10 years. The plan will identify capital requirements, environmental priorities, regulatory requirements, major strategic decision points and options for the region's future. In addition, an overview of previous open house information will be available: historic marine terminal overview, facility conditions (including environmental and transportation), cargo forecast, technology outlook, customer needs and project outreach findings.


Transportation issues which might confront development, such as non-attainment air shed, etc.:

Public Transportation Comment: Much of downtown is suitable for walking, and all trains, buses and streetcars within the city center are free.

Bus Service Available in the Community: Yes Tri-Met, CTran
Scheduled Bus Service Available: Yes    Buses Per Day: 650 Tri-met 250+ C-Tran
Local Charter Services: Yes 
Distance to Nearest Bus Service: 1/4 mile

Trucking Service
Scheduled Freight Carrier Services: Yes  
Overnight Express Parcel Service Available: Yes 
Overnight Express Mail Service Available: Yes
Transportation Comments: Source: PDC research

For more information relating to transportation topics please visit the Department of Transportation web site. Airports (maps and general information) http://www.tripcheck.com/About/airport.htm; Bicycle and Pedestrian Route information http://www.tripcheck.com/About/bicycle.htm; Public Transportation, bus and rail http://www.tripcheck.com/About/busrail.htm.

Source: City Administration, local chamber of commerce (proprietary information)