BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Nike has been ready to grow its Beaverton campus into a proposed $150 million expansion since it was granted 30 years of tax certainty to do so in 2012, but was stymied by a jurisdictional hold up.
The proposed, extensive campus expansion area lies mostly in unincorporated Washington County, with a small parcel in the City of Beaverton. But, Tuesday, the City of Beaverton approved an intergovernmental agreement with Washington County that would allow the County the administrative authority over that territory.
The expansion would add roughly 500 jobs to Nike, the company estimates, adding to the $2.5 billion the athletic mogul pumps into Oregon’s economy each year.
In a statement, a Nike spokesperson said the company is pleased with Beaverton’s move, and the decision will move the expansion forward “more effectively and efficiently.”
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said both the city and the county need to have the same zoning regulations to realize the campus expansion.
“We committed to being a regional partner to this effort for Nike when they were considering exactly where to expand their company, and this is a material vote of confidence toward that end,” he said.
Washington County Board Chair Andy Duyck called the agreement a “one-stop shop” that makes way for the scale and level of planning needed for the project. He said the Washington County Board of Commissioners would likely follow suit on signing the agreement next week.
“The City of Beaverton has been an outstanding partner during this process, and I feel the city’s current leadership was a huge factor in why Nike chose to grow their campus right here at home, versus the other areas in the region and country.
More than 1,000 of Nike’s 8,000 staff in Washington County live in Beaverton. The city estimates Nike jobs pay on average more than $100,000 per year.
Beginnings in 2012
In December 2012, Governor Kitzhaber convened the legislature for a special one-day session for the purpose of enacting into law a bill that would provide 30 years of tax certainty for Nike and other business that create 500 new jobs and invest $150 million in expansions. The bill became law and Nike began developing plans to expand its world headquarters campus.
After a 2012 bill ensured 30 years of tax certainty for any company that creates 500 jobs and invests $150 in expansions, Nike began buying up property in the area between Murray Boulevard, Walker Road, 158th Avenue, and Jenkins Road.
The company now owns or is in the process of acquiring ownership of every parcel except the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.