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Let's change law to keep Nike jobs here

MyView: Special session must reaffirm our commitment to sportswear giant


As the mayor of Beaverton, it is with a tremendous amount of urgency and optimism that I urge the Legislature to support the governor’s recent request to reaffirm the state’s existing corporate tax structure.

By doing this simple act, the Legislature will lock down a major expansion of Nike, creating thousands of jobs for Oregon.

Nike is one of the state’s largest job creators, and the nation will be watching to see what Oregon does to continue to grow a home-grown, world class Fortune 500 company.

This opportunity to significantly grow Nike in Oregon — without making any concessions — is a win-win for all of us.

Although Nike’s World Headquarters is not directly in Beaverton, it is the largest private sector employer inside the Beaverton city limits through leased office space.

In addition, more than 1,000 Nike employees call Beaverton home. Those employees invigorate our local economy, send their children to our Beaverton schools and volunteer on numerous local boards and nonprofits.

Nike is good for Beaverton — its employees serve on the Beaverton School Board, Beaverton Education Foundation, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and many other community and business organizations. The Nike School Innovation Fund provided about $2.5 million to the Beaverton School District in the last five years to support early learners and teacher and principal leadership teams.

Our partnership with Nike is deeply valued, not only for what it brings to Beaverton, but what it offers our state.

I urge the Legislature to support the governor and reaffirm the state’s corporate tax structure. Nike has been good for Oregon.

Let’s add these family-wage jobs in Oregon.

Dennis Doyle has served as Beaverton’s mayor since 2009.