The motivation for conducting this analysis is an interest in better understanding the relationships between large local businesses and the small to medium sized businesses who serve as vendors and suppliers to the larger industries, and to quantify this to the extent possible. Five marine industrial firms (firms located in the Portland Harbor area who rely on access to waterborne transportation modes) were interviewed regarding their spending on direct and indirect materials, services, and capital goods during 2011 and 2012. In order to secure complete information, the firms requested anonymity to protect their competitive interests. The data submitted for analysis by these firms was analyzed by these spend categories as well as by where the spending occurred: in the local area, regionally, nationally, or internationally.


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Working Waterfront
Local Spending Analysis

To better understand the relationships between large Portland marine industrial firms and local small- to medium-sized businesses that serve as their vendors and suppliers, five such large firms were interviewed about their spending on direct and indirect materials, services, and capital goods during 2011 and 2012. The resulting study and report, commissioned by the Portland Business Alliance, found far-reaching economic connections between the marine businesses and a variety of local small- and mediumsized businesses - and that most of the dollars spent stayed in our region, creating jobs in our local communities. (August 2013)


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The Port of Portland's Marine Operations:
The Local Economic Benefits of Worldwide Trade

The Port of Portland asked ECONorthwest staff to review recent economic studies on the economic impacts of the Portland Harbor and the Port, trends in international trade, and Portland's position in the U.S. import/export market. This report illustrates the local benefits and beneficiaries of the Harbor and the Port's economic activities. (August 2013)


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The Local and Regional Economic Impacts of Portland Working Harbor, 2011

Martin Associates was retained by the Port of Portland to prepare a study that presents the economic impacts of the terminals and firms located within Portland Harbor. (August 2012)





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Portland's Working Rivers:
The Heritage and Future of Portland's Industrial Heartland

The working waterfront remains a linchpin for Portland's economy. Dr. Carl Abbott, a professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, has authored this informative white paper. Within its pages, Dr. Abbott reminds us of why and how Portland's industrial districts and working waterfront benefit the city and region. (January 2008)

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The Energy Cluster in Linnton report

This report explores the little-known energy facilities in Linnton, located in the northern portion of the Northwest Industrial District and the relationship of these facilities to the Northwest region as a whole. The report also identifies various industrial site conditions that contribute to a successful climate for the energy cluster. (June 2005)

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