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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.

Quote from Charlie Allcock, Director of Business Development at PGE

Power

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 north industrial area, ensuring full redundancy at each level of the power network—from transmission lines to substation transformers and feeders. Industrial rates range from 6.8 to 7 cents per kilowatt hour, which is below the national average. Oregon is a deregulated state for electrical service customers over 1 megawatt, and as such, there are no individually negotiated service contracts.

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.

Quote from Bill Cory, Vice President of Sales at viawest

Northwest Natural Gas

Northwest Natural serves the city’s natural gas needs, and is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest.

Water
Water Supply: Current and future sourcesAvailability 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

Wastewater

Clean Water Services cleans and recycles waste water, provides industrial pre-treatment, and manages surface and storm water systems.

Digital Infrastructure

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.
  • In addition, a local fiber provider is building a fiber ring to interconnect the existing data centers in Hillsboro. This will provide open access to most of the existing landing stations and will further interconnect the fiber providers in the market.

 Provider

Products

Dark Fiber

Contact

Phone

Email

 Alaska Communications

 Voice, data and internet

 No

 Chantal Pascual

 907.564.1968

 chantal.pascual@acsalaska.com

 Centurylink

 Voice, data and internet

 No

 Trevor Burnside

 801.790.4901

 tburnside@telarus.com

 CoastCom by Wave

 Voice, data and internet

 Yes

 Fred Miller

 360.543.5200

 fmiller@wavebroadband.com

 Cogent

 Data and internet

 No

 Billy Glover

 814.203.6144

 bglover@cogentco.com

 Comcast

 Voice, data and internet, TV

 No

 Bill Reumann

 860.505.2064

 william_reumannjr@cable.comcast.com

 Frontier

 Voice, data and internet, TV

 No

 Marianne Broughton

 952.435.1678

 marianne.broughton@ftr.com

 Freewire

 Fixed wireless

 No

 Chris Scalera

 503.270.5505

 chriss@gofreewire.com

 Level 3

 Data and internet

 No

 Jay Dacey

 518.640.0902

 james.dacey@level3.com

 LS Networks

 Voice, data and internet

 No

 Bob Schmitz

 503.414.0479

 bschmitz@lsnetworks.com

 SilverStar Telecom

 Voice, data and internet

 Yes

 Clint Warta

 360.859.4450

 clint@silverstartelecom.com

 TATA Communications

 Voice, data and internet

 No

 Matthew David

 949.201.9292

 matthew.david@tatacommunications.com

 XO & Verizon

 Voice, data and internet

 No

 Kevin Francis

 801.983.1641

 kevin.t.francis@xo.com

 Zayo*

 Data and internet

 Yes

 Stuart Taubman

 360.558.4339

 stuart.taubman@zayo.com

Quote from Dave Leonard, Chief Data Center Officer at viawest


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