Economic & Community Development

The environment for industrial growth is most favorable when there is a healthy mix of distribution and manufacturing. Our proximity to Interstate 65 lends itself to distributors who seek to bridge their north, south, east and west markets; however, distribution is not the only segment of industry being drawn to Portland. Portland's existing industrial base consists of an excellent variety of manufacturing and distribution facilities. A diversified industrial base such as ours contributes significantly to economic stability of our community. Our industries include automotive providers, distribution centers, manufactures of hospital supplies, and steel fabricators of metal buildings.

Another factor in our success is the satisfaction of our existing industry. Prospective locaters will survey the existing industrial base to see if they are contented with their location, services, and labor market. Our strong industrial base can be attributed to multiple variables of location, services, and local developers with long standing history in the speculative industry. We boast a steady increase in job creation and community capital investment since the early 1970s. Portland's strong partnerships with the state, regional, county and community officials attest to our success in attracting new industry, however our existing industry always makes the sell.

We realize our existing business and industry is the backbone of our local economy. We are proud of our reputation as a pro-business community. Industrial success catapults retail growth and our transportation improvements are providing accessibility to new opportunities for retail developers.


Project NameGrant Description
CSX - MainstreetRailroad Crossing
CSX - E Market StreetRailroad Crossing
CMAQ - ITS (Highway 109 from College Street to Highway 52)Traffic Signals
Commodore - Eubanks RoadResurfacing
CSX-E McGlothlinRailroad Crossing
Scattersville Road and New Deal Potts RoadResurfacing
College Street SidewalksSidewalks
Kirby Drive and S Russell StreetResurfacing
Interstate 65 at State Route 109 Exit 121Interchange Lighting