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Industries -- Oregon -- Portland, Portland (Or.) -- Economic conditions, Industrial districts -- Oregon -- Portland -- Planning


Since 1980 the Central Eastside Industrial Council has worked with stakeholders in the Central Eastside Industrial District to improve the local business environment, solve common problems, and work toward common goals. This project uses the concept of "industry clusters" to offer the Council new insights into how related businesses function, how they interact, and what their common needs are within the Central Eastside. It links key industries of the Central Eastside to larger regional clusters, examines the assets and constraints of the district in relation to these industries, and looks at how the Council and area businesses can partner with community organizations.

Three key industry groups were selected and studied: building and construction, metals manufacturing, and creative services. Qualitative information was gathered through interviews with business owners in each of the three industry groups. Profiles were developed for each group that reveal how they collaborate, their current needs, and the locational trends of the businesses.

The concept of industty clusters has been used in this project to gather information about key industries as well as the district as a whole. The concept is used to provoke a new appreciation for the ways that firms locate together geographically and collaborate. These insights can fuhher stimulate cooperation among the community of businesses, residents, and community organizations within the Central Eastside.


Client: The Central Eastside Industrial Council


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