Nike is planning to expand soon, and although the city has signed a non-disclosure agreement with the company, both KOIN 6 and Oregon Live have claimed that Nike is considering expansion in Portland, and particularly in the South Waterfront area. According to KOIN 6, Mayor Charlie Hales visited the company’s headquarters in Beaverton just two weeks after taking office. Nike officials, including Julie Brim-Edwards—Nike’s senior director of government and public affairs—also met with members of the Portland City Council at City Hall last Monday. City commissioners included Dan Saltzman, Amanda Fritz, and Steve Novick. No one will way what was discussed.
However, Brim-Edwards has also praised Washington County and Beaverton officials for their business-friendly ethics, therefore, according to KOIN 6, it is “no secret that Nike is also considering expanding near its World Headquarters campus just outside of Beaverton.”
Brim-Edwards mentioned Urban Renewal Area and Enterprise Zones as programs created to encourage economic development, and Portland has created an Enterprise Zone in South Waterfront. Nike officials claim they have still not decided exactly where they plan to expand or when they will announce their decision.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber entered into a contract with Nike last December to guarantee the company’s current state tax structure provided it invests at least $150 million in Oregon to create 500 or more jobs. Nike officials pushed for the legislation, as Nike is currently one of only two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Oregon.
These are all good signs that Nike will expand in Portland, and potentially in South Waterfront. According to Oregon Live, “it’s believed campus-area property in Beaverton, a South Waterfront site in Portland, and the Con-way site in Northwest Portland are among the contenders” for Nike’s expansion.
Stay tuned for more information, as soon as it is released, regarding Nike’s potential Portland expansion.