World leading web firm lands in Portland

By Business Oregonbusinessoregon

A partnership of economic development organizations welcomes the news that Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, is opening its North American operational headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Airbnb will employ 160 people at its new offices, expected to open later this summer. The Portland Development Commission (PDC), Business Oregon, Greater Portland Inc (GPI) and Worksystems, Inc., have been working in partnership with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to bring the company to the region. “This project bolsters an already strong and growing cluster of software firms and technology talent in Portland,” said Patrick Quinton, PDC executive director. “We’re especially pleased to welcome Airbnb to the Oldtown neighborhood and its emerging entrepreneurial scene.”

Airbnb joins a list of software firms that have recently expanded in Oregon, from big names such as, Ebay and Garmin, to homegrown startups such as Puppet Labs, Urban Airship, Viewpoint Construction and Jama Software.

“Software has been a fast-growing complement to the tech manufacturing sector,” said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. “I’m proud of the partnership of our organizations to take advantage of these opportunities and bring new jobs to Oregon.”

All three organizations work together to market the state and the region around the U.S. as well as overseas for business expansion.

“The Greater Portland region continues to be a strong draw for companies like Airbnb,” said Sean Robbins, president and CEO of Greater Portland Inc. “It’s another proof point that Greater Portland has entered a new chapter in its economic history—one in which global brands see the region as a place that they can invest and grow.”

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