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Portland's Athletics and Outdoor Cluster

Ian Scott on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 5:35:31 pm

When someone says cluster I automatically think high-tech, biomed or alternative energy.  But a recent report mapping Portlandís Athletics and Outdoor cluster shows that clusters can blossom in all kinds of industries.

Anchored by Nike, Adidas and Columbia Sportswear, Portlandís Athletics and Outdoor cluster includes 700 firms employing 14,000 with an annual payroll of $1.2 billion.  Wages in the sector average more than $80K annually. Those arenít numbers to sneeze at.

This particular cluster is also interesting because it show that successful clusters are built on existing assets and unique local characteristics.

Learn more about Portlandís Athletics and Outdoor Cluster.

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