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The emerging green ethos increasingly defines the industry’s core values. Embracing sustainability as part of a company’s culture and business strategy appeals to talented young workers (and savvy consumers) who care about the environment.
On a nuts-and-bolts level, sustainability strategies also help businesses avoid risk. Getting ahead of the curve in developing alternative materials and processes helps insulate a company from higher oil prices, tougher product safety regulations, and changing consumer tastes.
Portland has always been on the forefront of environmental responsibility. We are the first city in the U.S. to adopt a formal plan to lower carbon emissions, we reintroduced the modern streetcar, promoted new ways of managing waste and stormwater and are now a home to the green building and clean technology revolutions. It is no wonder that companies that place an emphasis on sustainability in their materials, manufacturing, and supply chain such as Nike, Nau, Icebreaker and Looptworks, all call Portland their home.
Half of the area’s large heritage firms in the A&O industry started with entrepreneurs, and their presence creates an environment that encourages new players.
The City of Portland and PDC are committed to helping small to medium sized business owners in the A&O industry. PDC provides connections to financial resources and networking opportunities that assist business owners in growing their companies.