Implement programs and adopt rules in accordance with applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183 that are consistent and necessary to carry out the policies established by the Oregon Business Development Commission and the duties, functions and powers vested by law in the department.
Act as the official state liaison agency for persons interested in locating industrial or business firms in the state and for state and local groups seeking new industry or business, and maintain the confidentiality of negotiations conducted pursuant to this paragraph, if requested.
Coordinate state and federal economic and community development programs.
Actively recruit domestic and international business firms to those communities desiring business recruitment.
Work with existing Oregon companies to assist in their expansion or help them retain jobs in the state.
Consult with local governments to establish regions for the purpose of job development to facilitate economic activities in the region. Regions established for this purpose need not be of the same size in geographic area or population.
Develop strategies to address issues that are necessary and appropriate to Oregon’s future and adopt goals that include measurable indicators of success (Oregon benchmarks) that show the extent to which each goal is being achieved.
Use practices and procedures that the department determines are the best practices for carrying out the duties of the department.
The department shall have no regulatory power over the activities of private persons. Its functions shall be solely advisory, coordinative and promotional.
Notwithstanding ORS 279A.140 (State procurement of goods and services), the department may award grants or enter into contracts as necessary or appropriate to carry out the duties, functions and powers vested in the department by law. [Formerly 285.035; 2001 c.883 §3; 2003 c.794 §235; 2007 c.804 §89; 2007 c.858 §28; 2009 c.830 §16]