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Portland, OR

Unpretentious but bustling, the city of Portland is located on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in northern Oregon near the Washington border. This metropolis is the largest city in the state with a population of just under 600,000. It is the county seat of Multnomah County.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Portland's economy is quite diverse, although technology and industry are predominant. The city is sometimes referred to as the "Silicon Forest" because there are quite a few technology-related firms in the area. Intel, a computer components manufacturer, is one of the area's largest employers. Manufacturing also makes up a large sector of the economy, with steel and aluminum production being the two dominant industries.

Logistics also plays a role in the city's economy-the Port of Portland is the third-largest port on the West Coast. It is the largest shipper of wheat in the United States and the second largest in the world. Portland also has easy access to Interstate 5, Interstate 84, Interstate 205, and Interstate 405, further enhancing the city's logistics capabilities.

The city of Portland has a multitude of resources available for entrepreneurs who would like to start new businesses. The city offers training, clinics, and networking events for local business owners. There are also several Small Business Development Centers within the city.

Portland is a hub for health care. Residents from the surrounding areas come to Portland when they need medical care; the city has many hospitals and health-care facilities to accommodate them:

EDUCATION

The residents in and around Portland have quite a few choices for post-secondary education. These educational facilities are as diverse as the city itself:

In addition, Portland is home to several vocational schools that teach the foundations of massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, art and design, business, culinary arts, and technology.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Portland has quite a few historic homes. The city has also seen considerable growth in the development of high-rise condominiums in the downtown area.

There are many districts within the city of Portland. Following are just a few:

BEST BETS

Portland Rose Festival: This is a huge festival that has taken place in late May or early June for more than 100 years. More than 2 million people show up for this three-week event, making it one of the largest festivals in the world. There are activities for children and adults, as well as parades, races, boating events, and concerts. The centerpiece of the festival is the Portland Rose Society's rose show.

Saturday Market: Local handcrafted goods are for sale at a large outdoor market held weekends in Portland's Old Town.

Performing Arts: Portland frequently has performances put on by local theater groups, dance companies, orchestras, and opera houses. Local groups include the Oregon Children's Theatre, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Oregon Symphony, and the Portland Opera.

Art: The Portland Art Museum features a wide variety of media. There are numerous galleries around town as well, especially in the Pearl District and the Alberta Arts District.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden: Set up as a traditional Chinese garden, this facility seeks to educate and inspire the community. Ninety percent of the garden's plants are native to China.

Pittock Mansion: A major landmark to the local residents, this mansion was built in 1914 and was way ahead of its time, complete with a central vacuum and intercom systems. The home was restored in 1965 and is open almost daily for tours.

Willamette Valley: More than 200 wineries exist in this area, making it the state's leading wine region. Tours are available by car and by hot air balloon.

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