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Best Places: Beaverton, Oregon, Home of Nike

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Nike in Portland Suburbs

As a suburb in the near northeast area outside Portland OR, Beaverton has access to a large number of jobs in the bigger city, in Hillsboro to the west, and within its own boundaries.

Information Technology positions, Retail jobs, and Food and Dining jobs are predominant closer to Beaverton. Out towards the other two cities where the largest numbers of jobs exist, Information Technology and Healthcare jobs predominate.

According to Money Magazine online, Beaverton is one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. However, it is also one of the most interesting cities, since it is home to NIKE sports company. Nike sits in the unincorporated portion of land inside Beaverton in ashington County and the city has not annexed it.

Nike Expands

Nike jumps on the bandwagon of just about all sports immediately as they are invented and often goes viral with them on YouTube.

I had never heard of "speed golf" until I had seen this video and have found other speed golf vids; but I still can't figure if it's a real activity. Some folks feel the same about Archery Golf..

USA Speedgolf

Beaverton Attractions

  • The Portland Timbers Major League Soccer Club and THPRD enjoys a 10-year partnership as of January 2011 that includes a new training facility – The Adidas Timbers Training Center.
  • Audubon Society of Portland Nature Center 503 292 9453
  • Beaverton Farmer's Market
  • Heron Haus Bed & Breakfast 2545 NW Westover Road, Portland, OR 97210
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Malibu Raceway
  • Cooper Mountain Vineyard
  • The Reserves Vineyard and GOlf Club
  • Pittock Mansion - Turn-of-the-20th Century newspaper magnate's mansion.
  • Portland International Guesthouse 2185 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97210
  • Red Tail Golf Course
  • Summer Movies in Beaverton City Park - Family oriented movies and pre-movie entertainment held outside free-of-charge. Concessions are for sale, or bring a picnic. No alcohol, smoking, or pets. Across from the Beaverton Library at 12375 SW 5th Street. For info call City of Beaverton at (503) 526-2559.
  • World Forestry Center Museum

Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton

Portland Suburbs: Beaverton

Jobs and Redevelopment

During February 2011, over 32,400 job openings were listed across all Internet sources for Beaverton and Portland. The city reports that Urban Renewal plays a part in boosting numbers of jobs in Beaverton since at least 2008. Since that time, plans have been placed and implemented to redevelop the downtown area of the city to draw visitors, new residents, and additional commercial concerns.

An Enterprise Zones (EZ) established under Federal and State governments helps to increase Beaverton jobs with a total of 100% of related property taxes abated for up to five consecutive years in the EZ as an incentive to purchase or rent business properties. In addition, Electronic Commerce Zones boost eCommerce with as much as $2 Million in property tax credit annually.

Business and residential improvements, along with infrastructure repair and construction are included in an overall larger economic plan that includes Vertical Housing construction. This results in mixed-use buildings as we have in Central Ohio. Ours include residential units located higher along the vertical dimension of a complex, with retail, coffee shops, dining, clubs, and movie theaters below. Vertical housing has been built at the "Gateways" of our city, like at both ends of the OSU Campus and other sections of town. Mayor Michael Coleman wants this contruction at each of several Gateways in town.

Vertical housing construction and ownership can offer up to 10 years of property tax credit, very attractive to new or relocating businesses. Such projects have been very successful in Columbus OH and elsewhere. In addition, Beaverton offers Small Business Incentives to those who qualify.

During the Autumn of 2014, the Oregon state government approved the Beaverton to receive and additional Electronic Commerce Overlay region to its four-sector, 4.5-square-mile Enterprise Zone for vital economic improvements.

Transportation in Beaverton

Transportation is not only extensive in Beaverton, but it is meshed with sustainability policies and safety. Oregon overall is nothing if not green in color and in the sustainability business climate and lifestyle.

Walking and biking programs are ever improving and miles of trailways lace the city and country to make it walkable, bike-safe, and green.

Beaverton is located between two airports, Portland International Airport (PDX) and the Hillsboro Airport. In addition, the Port of Portland OR includes four seaport stations that are located close to other means of transport, such as the buslines and trains.

Bus - Train - Light Rail - Streetcar: all at TriMet. This is a far reaching and effective transportation with many options, including ADA accommodation.

Additional passenger and commercial rail transport is available through Amtrak and commercial freight services in Beaverton. The Amtrak Cascades line takes passengers between Eugene OR and Vancouver BC, through scenic areas of the Pacific Northwest.

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The Coast Starlight line runs to and from Seattle WA and Los Angeles CA, through much of the West Coast. Amtrak's Empire Builder operates eastward and westward among Portland OR, Seattle WA, and Chicago to connect the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest centers.

Shopping Also Increases Beaverton Jobs

At least three major shopping centers serve Beaverton:

  • BEAVERTON TOWN SQUARE -- This shopping district in mid-town Beaverton off Highway 217 is an outdoor complex of many retail chain and independent stores and smaller shops.

These centers, along with larger stand alone stores and shops throughout the city are listing job opens in sales and management positions, indicated in the data below. Search "Beaverton OR" in

Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Sales Representatives
  2. .Net Developers - IT
  3. Software Engineers - IT
  4. Software QA Engineers - IT
  5. Shift Supervisors - Retail and dining
  6. Informatica Architects - IT
  7. Barista Jobs - Coffee shops
  8. Servers/Wait Staff - Food and Dining
  9. Technical Support Engineers - IT
  10. Project Managers - IT and others

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Comcast
  2. IBM
  3. Columbia Sportswear
  4. Nike
  5. ATT
  6. Infogroup
  7. Maxim Integrated Products
  8. Providence Health & Services
  9. Advantage Nurse Staffing
  10. McAfee
  11. Starbucks
  12. Work In Sports - Sales, Broadcasting, other
  13. Vanderhouwen & Associates
  14. Tektronix - IT
  15. Ivy Exec - Executive staffing

Hiring in Nearby Hillsboro and Portland

  • Intel - IT
  • Kaiser Permanente - Healthcare
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Professional Technical Resources
  • Oregon Health & Science University

Nike Job Surge 3200% in Beaverton 2012 - 2015


Nike jobs advertised in Beaverton and the surrounding area increased in several significant spikes from 2012 through 2015, with a new upsurge toward a spike beginning in 2015. In March, jobs for Beaverton overall numbers 32,500+ openings. Over 950 or 2.9% of these vacancies were directly with Nike or related marketing and sales companies.

Nike Jobs for Beaverton and Portland

  1. Enterprise Release Manager
  2. Senior Footwear Designer Jordan
  3. Business Systems Analyst
  4. Manufacturing Engineers
  5. Digital Infrastructure Services Managers
  6. Product Design Engineers
  7. System Engineering and Operations Support Managers
  8. Expert Project Manager Engagement Service
  9. International Accounts
  10. Lead Order Management Business Systems Analysts
  11. Sr. Architects
  12. Sales Analysts

Rated Best NIKE Jobs by Workers:

  1. Beauty Advisors - overall Beauty as an individual personal image and adding Nike products to that image.
  2. Athletes I and II - Salespeople in the Nike stores
  3. Junior Merchandisers
  4. Merchandise Coordinators
  5. Selling Specialists

March 2015 jobs listed for the Nike company were largely located in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon, NYC; North Andover Massachusetts; and San Francisco.

Beaverton Area Colleges and Universities

  • Computer Education Program (PCC)
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Oregon State University
  • Oregon State University Online
  • Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology
  • Portland State University
  • Portland State University Degree Completion Programs
  • Portland Community College
  • University of Portland

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS


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Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 02, 2011:

Is your son in the Beaverton Area? Beaverton, Portland, Hillsboro seem to have a numebr of jobs. I hope this article helps him.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on February 02, 2011:

Excellent hub and very important for many as well as a must read for people out of work. I will fax a copy of this to my son, he has been out of work for two years and is very scared right now. I rate you up and I hope you have time to visit my hubs. Peace & love darski

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