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4 Ways the City of Hillsboro Helps Create Job Opportunities
With unemployment rates at historically low levels, here are four ways the City of Hillsboro’s Economic Development Department helps connect employees and employers:
- Keeping companies in Hillsboro and helping them expand
Demonstrating the City of Hillsboro’s business-friendly philosophy, Economic Development employees engage local employers (38 site visits in 2018) and serve as single-point-of-contact City liaisons. They build trust by advocating for businesses' needs through the City’s Business Retention and Expansion program.
Five Hillsboro companies, including Edwards Vacuum, expanded locally in 2018 — generating 194 new jobs and retaining 865 existing jobs.
- Attracting new companies to Hillsboro to create new jobs
Hillsboro Economic Development staff have successfully recruited nine companies to Hillsboro in 2018, creating more than 800 new jobs, by highlighting how employers benefit from Hillsboro’s skilled workforce, available industrial sites, and strengths as an employment hub.
The City strategically recruits both American and international companies in advanced technology manufacturing, bio-technology, semiconductor manufacturing, software engineering, food processing, and health care.
- Supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs
As part of the City’s partnership with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), Venture Catalyst Laura Kubisiak guides and encourages entrepreneurs and small business owners to develop a basic business plan, get coaching, and secure additional financing. Two entrepreneurs, Robert Buchanan of Adhere Gear and Don Milford of DineSmarter, are moving forward with Laura’s support.
The City of Hillsboro also partners with OEN and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce to produce the monthly PubTalk series that brings entrepreneurs together for networking, mentoring, and coaching.
- Connecting workers and students with job skills and opportunities
Among the City of Hillsboro’s workforce development programs are:
- A partnership with the Hillsboro School District (HSD) and Portland Community College (PCC) to help students pursue local high-growth, high-demand careers through the Career & College Pathways and Career Technical Education Program
- A Manufacturing Roadshow that helps advanced manufacturing companies connect with high school students, teachers, and parents
- The Prosperidad Economic Empowerment Center in partnership with Centro Cultural de Washington County
- The Cocinemos food entrepreneurs program (pictured right) in partnership with Adelante Mujeres
- The Smart Talent skills training program for existing Hillsboro companies
- Annual contributions to the PCC Future Connect Program for first-generation college students
Learn more on the Economic Development Department's webpage.