PortlandOnline

POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Griffin-Valade Charter, Code & Policies Policies & Rules (PPD) Built Environment Portland Enterprise Zone
ENB-23.01 - Portland Enterprise Zone Policy

PORTLAND ENTERPRISE ZONE POLICY

Binding City Policy

BCP-ENB-23.01


 

Link to Exhibit A - Amended Portland Enterprise Zone Policy and E-Zone Ad Hoc Committee Proposed Recommendations to E-Zone Policies (PDF Document, 1.71 MB)

 

PURPOSE

 

WHEREAS, the Enterprise Zone (the "E-Zone") is a State of Oregon Business Development Department program that allows eligible companies property tax exemptions for up to five years in exchange for making capital improvements that create jobs and job opportunities along with other program requirements; and

 

WHEREAS, since 1986 three ten-year E-Zone designations have been sponsored by City Council and the Portland Development Commission ("PDC") has acted as the E-Zone Manager for each zone; and

 

WHEREAS, as the E-Zone Manager, PDC accepts applications from eligible businesses and administers the program's annual compliance, which includes managing intergovernmental agreements, facilitating public involvement, monitoring and oversight of company contract requirements, and collecting and disbursing grant funds to the local community in accordance with State statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, and City policies; and

 

WHEREAS, since 1996, the City's E-Zone programs have leveraged over one billion dollars of private investments and created and retained over five thousand full-time, quality jobs; and

 

WHEREAS, through Resolution No. 35506 dated March 27, 1996, City Council adopted the E-Zone Investment Strategy to provide guidance to PDC in its implementation of the North Northeast Enterprise Zone (the "N/NE E-Zone"); and

 

WHEREAS, Community Contribution funds are collected from companies participating in the N/NE E-Zone based on the companies' hiring levels and are disbursed back into the community in the form of Workforce Training and Business Development grants; and

 

WHEREAS, the distribution of the Community Contribution fund was outlined in a policy adopted by City Council in 1999 through Resolution 35773; and

 

WHEREAS, the distribution of the Community Contribution workforce development funds was further outlined in procedures adopted by City Council on December 20, 2000 through Resolution 35951; and

 

WHEREAS, although the N/NE E-Zone terminated on July 1, 2007, thirty-five (35) companies remain active under preexisting N/NE E-Zone Investment Strategy contracts, which will be managed for the remainder of their exemption periods, the last of which expires no later than 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 5, 2008, by Resolution No. 36583, City Council established the Portland Enterprise Zone (the "Portland E-Zone") by adopting the Portland Enterprise Zone Policy (the "Portland E-Zone Policy") and designated PDC to serve as the Portland E-Zone Manager; and

 

WHEREAS, the Portland E-Zone Policy provides for the creation of a Portland E-Zone Workforce Training and Business Development Fund (the "WTBD Fund") for use in funding workforce training and business development programs; and

 

WHEREAS, while the N/NE E-Zone Community Contribution fund and the Portland E-Zone WTBD Fund have similar goals, the funds are established and managed under two distinct policies and procedural frameworks; and

 

WHEREAS, the policies and procedures pertaining to the Portland E-Zone's WTBD Fund are more up-to-date than those pertaining to the N/NE E-Zone's Community Contribution fund, and the N/NE Community Contributions are decreasing as no new companies may apply; and

 

WHEREAS, the existence of two processes to meet similar policy goals presents an inefficiency in the administration of the E-Zone programs; and

 

WHEREAS, consolidating the Community Contribution fund with the WTBD Fund will streamline the process of distribution and enhance efficiency, thereby better serving the goals of both the N/NE E-Zone and the Portland E-Zone policies; and

 

WHEREAS, Community Contribution fees will continue to be collected pursuant to the individual N/NE E-Zone participating company contracts; and

 

WHEREAS, PDC's Board of Commissioners recommend that the City Council adopt amendments the Portland E-Zone Policy, which include changes to the role and composition of the Advisory Committee, and adopt revisions to the procedures pertaining to the distribution of the Community Contribution fund;

 


 

POLICY

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council adopts the amended Portland Enterprise Zone Policy substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council adopts a policy that the Community Contribution funds shall be used for the purposes and distributed according to procedures set forth in the amended Portland Enterprise Zone Policy; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be binding City policy.

 

Link to Exhibit A - Amended Portland Enterprise Zone Policy and E-Zone Ad Hoc Committee Proposed Recommendations to E-Zone Policies (PDF Document, 1.71 MB)

 


HISTORY

 

Resolution No. 36785, adopted by City Council May 5, 2010.


Table of Contents
ENB-23.01 - Portland Enterprise Zone Policy
ENB-23.02 - East Portland Enterprise Zone Policy