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Tualatins longstanding goal – keep it local

Between 20 percent and 25 percent of Tualatin residents work in Tualatin

TUALATIN - Dave Carney has owned Tualatin Autobody for 20 years. He began with a single employee. Today Carney employs 30 people at his shop.

Demographics drew Carney to the area. The allure came from emerging development and the location near major highways.

Today, Carney said it's those same demographics that are keeping him in Tualatin and in business.

'We're at the corner of the Portland metro area,' he said. 'It's a good stable environment. Yeah, stable.'

More than 20 years ago, the city of Tualatin's Comprehensive Plan listed as an objective having an adequate opportunity for people to both live and work in Tualatin. The city seems to be reaching that two-decade old objective with recent statistics showing that between 20 percent and 25 percent of Tualatin residents work in the city.

A diverse tax base spread among industrial, commercial and residential developments has positively affected the Tualatin community.

'We're developed,' said Tualatin's Community Development Director Doug Rux, referring to the diverse development the city has experienced in the last 20 years.

Rux noted that builders saw a value in Tualatin in the late 70s and early 80s. The relatively rural community is close to transportation hubs like the railroad and Interstate 5 and offered a potentially lucrative demographic base from residential development.

Today the city is quickly being built out. Only about 400 acres remain for industrial development and about 30 acres remain for commercial development, Rux said.

Hi-tech businesses such as Pixelworks and soon Laika are or will be based out of the same city as the likes of Lumber Products and Pacific Foods.

'We're expanded and diversified and (are) not dependent on just one end of development,' Rux said. 'The economy (in the city) is doing very well today.'