“Business firm” means a person operating or conducting one or more trades or businesses, a people’s utility district organized under ORS chapter 261 or a joint operating agency formed under ORS chapter 262, but does not include any other governmental agency, municipal corporation or nonprofit corporation.
“County average annual wage” means:
The most recently available average annual covered payroll for the county in which the enterprise zone is located, as determined by the Employment Department; or
If the enterprise zone is located in more than one county, the highest county average annual wage as determined under paragraph (a) of this subsection.
“Electronic commerce” means engaging in commercial or retail transactions predominantly over the Internet or a computer network, utilizing the Internet as a platform for transacting business, or facilitating the use of the Internet by other persons for business transactions, and may be further defined by the Oregon Business Development Department by rule.
“Federal enterprise zone” means any discrete area wholly or partially within this state that is designated as an empowerment zone, an enterprise community, a renewal community or some similar designation for purposes of improving the economic and community development of the area.
“First-source hiring agreement” means an agreement between an authorized business firm and a publicly funded job training provider whereby the provider refers qualified candidates to the firm for new jobs and job openings in the firm.
“In service” means being used or occupied or fully ready for use or occupancy for commercial purposes consistent with the intended operations of the business firm as described in the application for authorization.
“Modification” means modernization, renovation or remodeling of an existing building, structure or real property machinery or equipment.
“New employees hired by the firm”:
Includes only those employees of an authorized business firm engaged for a majority of their time in eligible operations.
Does not include individuals employed in a job or position that:
That is outside all metropolitan statistical areas, as defined by the most recent federal decennial census; and
In which, on the most recently certified property tax assessment roll, the total property taxes imposed by all taxing districts within the county are equal to or greater than 1.3 percent of the total assessed value of all taxable property located in the county.
“Rural enterprise zone” means:
An enterprise zone located in an area of this state in which an urban enterprise zone could not be located; or
“Sparsely populated county” means a county with a density of 100 or fewer persons per square mile, based on the most recently available population figure for the county from the Portland State University Population Research Center.
“Urban enterprise zone” means an enterprise zone in a metropolitan statistical area, as defined by the most recent federal decennial census, that is located inside a regional or metropolitan urban growth boundary.
“Year” has the meaning given that term in ORS 308.007 (Definitions). [Formerly 285B.650; 2005 c.94 §2; 2005 c.704 §1; 2007 c.71 §84; 2007 c.895 §16; 2010 c.76 §18; 2015 c.648 §1;2017 c.185 §3; 2017 c.297 §29; 2017 c.610 §24]