Navigating Aviation Economic Development in Oregon

The Oregon Business Plan is is a major economic development program that focuses and propels the State forward as a leader in several of our key industries. 

Traded sector industries tend to "cluster," drawing advantage from their proximity to competitors, to skilled workers, to specialized suppliers and a shared base of sophisticated knowledge about their industry.  The Oregon Business Plan is a year long activity with a major statewide meeting each December, bringing together top level government officials, economists, industry leaders and business development experts

The Aviation Cluster Group - ORAVI - is comprised of 400+ companies in aviation and related businesses.  These include aircraft and part manufacturers, flying services, heavy lift helicopter services, unmanned aerial vehicle systems, airports, maintenance and suppliers to these industries.

In the Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS industry we work closely with our partners AUVSI Cascade chapter and SOAR Oregon.

General aviation and community airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our cities, counties, businesses, ranches and farms. Aviation is a major economic contributor to Oregon’s economy:

• 97 public use airports and 360 private airports

• 400 aviation related businesses in 78 cities throughout Oregon with an average wage of over $62,000

• General aviation airports play a vital role in the State’s response to emergencies and natural disasters

• Airports in Oregon are responsible for over 76,000 jobs in 78 cities around the state

• 2.8 Billion in Wages

• $22 billion in economic impact attributable to Oregon’s aviation industry
 

October 2013 and October 2014 declared Oregon Aviation Appreciation Month by Governor John Kitzhaber.

  Download PDFs         Proclamation 2013        Proclamation 2014

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