Business Infrastructure and Utilities in Hillsboro
The City of Hillsboro has long been a forward-thinking community, looking decades into the future to ensure that critical infrastructure needs are accurately projected and addressed. This tradition of planning and investment has made it possible for world-class companies to locate in Hillsboro with confidence—evidenced by Intel’s first Hillsboro campus opening for business in the 1980s. With billions of dollars of subsequent investment, Intel has continued to expand in Hillsboro, followed by many more high-tech, bio-tech, clean-tech and advanced manufacturing companies.
Hillsboro's power is reliable and affordable. Portland General Electric (PGE) provides electrical service to the region and has three high-reliability substations (Shute, Sunset, and West Union) in Hillsboro's industrial district, ensuring full redundancy at each level of the power network-from transmission lines to substation transformers and feeders. Industrial rates continue to fall below the national average.
PGE is the largest investor-owned utility in Oregon, and also owns major transmission rights to the Pacific Intertie—the West Coast electrical superhighway. These power exchange lines provide the flexibility to manage supplies and provide the lowest price possible to PGE customers.
PGE is also committed to clean energy, tapping a diverse mix of power resources that includes renewables like hydroelectric power, wind power and solar energy. PGE can also work with businesses one-on-one to plan energy-efficient facilities—from design to construction and operation.
Northwest Natural Gas
Northwest Natural serves the city’s natural gas needs, and is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest.
Availability of water is becoming a serious concern for other regions throughout the U.S. due to drought or limited supplies that are inadequate to accommodate future growth. As a result, site selectors are increasingly considering water among the critical factors in their site selection decisions.
Hillsboro has plenty of water to meet current needs, and the City is in the process of taking additional steps to ensure water availability will not be a problem in the future. In fact, the City and Tualatin Valley Water District partnered to invest in The Willamette Water Supply Program and is building the infrastructure necessary to provide improved water supply reliability and system resiliency for the next 50-years.
Quantity, quality, and reliability are of critical importance, particularly to industrial users who rely on water for critical manufacturing or operational processes. Hear from them firsthand in the video below.
Treatment, transmission and storage of potable water in Washington County is provided primarily by the Joint Water Commission (JWC), of which the City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District are members. The JWC plant is the largest conventional water treatment plant in Oregon, and is capable of treating up to 75 million gallons per day.
City of Hillsboro/ Tualatin Valley Water District Service
- The City of Hillsboro Water Department provides water west of Cornelius Pass Road and south of Highway 26.
- The Tualatin Valley Water District provides water east of Cornelius Pass Road and north of Highway 26.
Clean Water Services cleans and recycles waste water, provides industrial pre-treatment, and manages surface and storm water systems.
Hillsboro is well-served by several national “last mile” telecommunications carriers providing fiber optic data, voice, and wireless internet service to meet any business need, including the needs of data-intensive companies like those involved in finance, media, e-commerce, healthcare, information technology and others. It has the densest network of international and domestic cable in the Pacific Northwest.
- Nine Tier 1 carriers provide minimal latency domestically, with all-underground fiber to all major US cities.
- Five major trans-Pacific cable landing sites provide low-latency access to Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and Alaska. These cable landing stations include ACS/NorthStar, Verizon TPE/Southern Cross Cable Network, TaTa/TGN-Pacific, New Cross Pacific, and Hawaiki Cable. They are interconnected with Tier 1 networks, and connect to The Northwest Access Exchange in downtown Portland.
- Thirteen regional carriers are available.
Hillsboro Data Center Ring II, a pioneering fiber optic network in Oregon is scheduled to be completed in Q2 2020. Hillsboro is already home to Wave Business's Ring I, a cross-connect facility for several transpacific submarine cables that currently connects six data centers. Together, Ring I and II will connect up to 14 existing or planned data centers and will service 7 transpacific submarine cable systems. Transpacific destinations involving the submarine cable systems include China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Guam, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and American Samoa. Additional destinations to be added in 2020 include the Phillippines and Alaska, with New Caledonia to be added in 2021. Read more about this development.