Business Oregon is the state's economic development agency, and has a number of programs to help retain businesses, help existing businesses grow, and recruit new businesses. Some of these programs are available to a range of businesses, which could include electric vehicle companies. Others are more focused. For example, Oregon has a Business Energy Tax Credit available specifically for equipment used to manufacture electric vehicles, batteries, and other renewable energy equipment. Business Oregon can also help you reach important export markets and develop international relationships.
The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is Portland's urban renewal and economic development agency, working to insure Portlanders enjoy a diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighborhoods, a vibrant central city, a strong regional economy, and quality jobs and housing for all.
Whether your business is small or large, and whether electric vehicles and components are a small part of your business or your entire focus, you will want to attend this event to learn more about how Business Oregon and PDC can help you succeed.
Mike Grainey is Renewable Energy Advisor to the Director of Business Oregon. Mike has worked in the energy field for over thirty years. Between 2002 and 2009 Mike was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy. He led the Department’s efforts to develop renewable energy, increase energy efficiency, site large energy facilities and implement other state energy policies.
Sunun Setboonsarng is a Global Trade Specialist for Business Oregon. She is responsible for assisting Oregon businesses in the clean tech sector to market their products and services to international markets. Sunun has organized and led numerous trade missions overseas, particularly to Asia. She will discuss export programs and grant incentives that Business Oregon provides to companies.
Mitsuhiro (Mitsu) Yamazaki is Business & Industry Manager at the Portland Development Commission (PDC) where he drives PDC's clean tech strategy, including efforts focused on clean energy and green development, business recruitment, and the export plan. Mitsu previously served as Director of Corporate Services at TIP Strategies, Inc. in Austin, TX.
Space is limited, so please register soon. Complimentary appetizers and Oregon beer and wine wil be provided. Attendance is free for Drive Oregon members, $25 for members of the public.