Corvallis Benton Economic Development

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Helping businesses innovate, grow and thrive in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Serving a diverse business population, ranging from high tech, food and beverage, and advanced engineering.

Key Industries

Clusters of high tech,  food and beverage, and advanced engineering firms are here. Click here to view all our industries.

Metrics for Success

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Recent News

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From the Mid-Valley to the World

In Corvallis and Benton County, success is built from the ground up, starting with partnerships among business, government and civic leaders. We’re all working toward the same goal: economic prosperity for the entire mid-valley region. With strong communities focused on healthy lifestyles and top-notch education, the region is ideal for businesses looking to hire or relocate a workforce. And the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Corvallis and Benton County, thanks to the support and investment from our partners at Oregon State University. Let us introduce you to a region that has rediscovered its strengths and forged the partnerships that will help you create success.

Hazelnuts: The Oregon Nut

Do you ever ask yourself, "What's up with all the hazelnuts in the Willamette Valley?"  Did you know that Oregon's official nut translates into a total economic impact of more than $150 million in the last 5 years in our state. Read more HERE    

Kate Porsche and Seth Sherry talk economic development

Kate Porsche is the economic development manager for the Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Office, where she recently succeeded the retiring Tom Nelson. Porsche, 47, has plenty of experience in the mid-valley economic scene, including a long stretch with...

La Familia Cider Wins Corvallis Shark Tank Competition

Representatives from six regional start-up businesses pitched their brands to a panel of entrepreneurs at the Willamette Innovators Network’s (WIN) Shark Tank event this year.   WIN organizers indicated the 2019 Shark Tank is their biggest yet. Previously, they held...

Sorte takes on new job in hometown

A key role for Sorte will be to work on retention and expansion for city and county businesses.“There is an opportunity to be a problem-solver here,” he said. “Pulling together the resources of the city and the community and making the community thrive.”Read more...

Special Report: Oregon universities deliver big benefits to their hometowns

 When asked how to build a world-class city, the late U.S. Senator from New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously answered “build a university — and wait 200 years.” It’s a quote that ECONorthwest President John Tapogna points to when discussing the economic impact...

Mid-Valley Dining Scene Builds Momentum

The mid-Willamette Valley's restaurant scene continued to build momentum in 2018, thanks in part to a strong economy, and that meant even more dining options in Albany, Corvallis and other communities. Read more HERE.

Gizmos, gadgets and great ideas at innovation expo

With the Willamette Innovators Network annual expo you’re never quite sure what you are going to get. So you walk into the CH2M Alumni Center … keep your eyes open … and find …Read more HERE.

Nelson heads to retirement; wide-ranging career includes stops with Albany City Council and economic development work

Nelson, 65, is finishing a six-year run as economic development manager for the city of Corvallis and Benton County at the close of a diverse career that included 11 years on the Albany City Council, 12 years running an oxygen plant at Albany’s Air Products &...

This 65-Year-Old Woman Popularized Farm Stays In America

Most 50-year-olds in America are focused on contributing to their 401(k)s and setting themselves up for a happy retirement. And then there's Scottie Jones. She decided to become a farmer. Before buying a sixty acre farm in Alsea, Oregon, Jones and her...

The best small cities to start a small business

America has become the veritable poster child of the startup era. It’s hard to look at the surge of self-made billionaires across all industries within the US and their humble startup beginnings and not feel a certain amount of awe. Things around here show no sign of...

Traded Sector

Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Officer explains why traded sector businesses are so crucial for a thriving community.

Featured New Stories

Amazing things are happeing in our region.  Click on the articles to read more.
Hazelnuts: The Oregon Nut

Hazelnuts: The Oregon Nut

Do you ever ask yourself, "What's up with all the hazelnuts in the Willamette Valley?"  Did you know that Oregon's official nut translates into a total economic impact of more than $150 million in the last 5 years in our state. Read more HERE    

Craft Beverage Industry Growing Fast

Craft Beverage Industry Growing Fast

Article published in the Gazettte Times by: BENNETT HALL Corvallis Gazette-Times Apr 24, 2018 Updated Apr 24, 2018   The craft alcoholic beverage industry — from beer and wine to cider and spirits — is emerging as a new focal point in the Benton County economy,...

Oregon’s small-nuke company wins $40M federal grant

Oregon’s small-nuke company wins $40M federal grant

By Pete Danko – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal Apr 27, 2018, 12:23pm PDTUpdatedApr 27, 2018, 1:33pm NuScale Power LLC, the small-scale nuclear power company founded in Corvallis, has won a $40 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company...

“The Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office has been instrumental in coordinating the continuing growth of 2 Towns Ciderhouse."

-Aaron Sarnoff-Wood, Co-Founder
2 Towns Ciderhouse

Economic Developoment Team

Reach out to us today to get the help you need to grow, to relocate or to get the news out about your business.
Kate Porsche

Kate Porsche

Economic Development Manager


Phone: 541-766-6339


Jerry Sorte

Jerry Sorte

Economic Development Officer


Phone: 541-766-6416


Heather Stevens

Heather Stevens

Economic Development Marketing Specialist


Phone: 541-766-6422


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