Oregon Topics: Science and Technology

Science and technology are central to Oregon's economy and its future. With the decline of traditional resource-based industries such as forest products and fishing, technology has stepped into the spotlight as a prime economic driver. The growth of the "Silicon Forest" based in Washington County, as well as significant high-tech growth around Eugene, Bend, and other cities, has provided a more balanced economy for the state.
Still, the changes have not been without problems. Issues related to rapid growth, the extent of government inducements for high-tech businesses, and the challenge of Oregon producing enough engineering graduates to fill the need will likely persist for some time. This guide includes not only high-tech links but also general science links. 


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Green technologies, such as these wind turbines west of Condon, are a growing part of Oregon's energy future. (Oregon State Archives Photo)