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August 16, 2013

Mike Rogoway

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California tech companies have long drawn businesses and employees from
Oregon. Now, Portland hopes to turn the tide.

The Technology Association of Oregon plans a recruiting event in San Francisco
next week to coincide with the annual developer conference hosted by Portland
startup Puppet Labs.

The goal is to pull skilled workers north to meet the demands of Oregon's
growing tech ecosystem.

Oregon tech employment hit a seven-year peak last month, topping 60,000 for the
first time since 2006. Oregon software jobs are growing at a double-digit
percentage rate, even as statewide job growth remains sluggish.

It's been years since competition for talented tech employees has been this
fierce in Oregon, driven in part by California companies such as New Relic and
Salesforce.com opening large outposts in the Portland area.

Small Oregon tech companies, in particular, are struggling to fill open
positions.

Nine Portland tech employers -- Acquia, Cloudability, CorSource, Janrain, Jive
Software, New Relic, Puppet, Smarsh and Thetus -- will attend the evening event
Aug. 23 at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel.

Though Oregon is home to Intel's largest site and several promising startups,
entrepreneurship here remains tiny relative its neighbors.

In the first half of the year, California startups raised nearly 30 times more
investment capital than Oregon entrepreneurs did. Washington startups' haul was
more than triple Oregon's.

But because Oregon is so much smaller, even a modest infusion of skilled workers
could make a big difference.

This is the latest in a series of efforts to draw attention to tech
opportunities in the Rose City. In May, economic development agencies and Oregon
tech businesses spent $53,000 on a glossy video showcasing several young
companies and the appeal of working in a hip Portland office.

-- Mike Rogoway; twitter: @rogoway; phone: 503-294-7699

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