26-04-06

De staat Oregon, Oregon state facts - part 3

 

 

Moderne industriele ontwikkelingen in de jaren 70 zorgden ervoor dat de Portland Omgeving gekend werd als het Silicone Bos. Bekende firma’s zoals Tektronic en Intel zorgden voor een opleving maar begin 2000 gingen velen overkop, met opnieuw werkloosheid tot gevolg. Een ander gekende wereldfirma ‘Nike’ heeft in Beaverton zijn wereldhoofdkwartier.

 

 

 

High technology industries and services have been a major employer since the 1970s. Tektronix was the largest private employer in Oregon until the late 1980s. Intel's creation and expansion of several plants in eastern Washington County continued the growth that Tektronix had started. The spinoffs and startups that were produced by these two companies led to the establishment of the Portland metropolitan area as the Silicon Forest. The recession and dot-com bust of 2001 in the Silicon Valley has led to similar results in the Silicon Forest; many high technology employers have either reduced the number of their employees or gone out of business. OSDL made news in 2004 when they hired Linus Torvalds, developer of the Linux kernel. Oregon also is the home of non-technology-based companies such as shoemaker Nike, whose world headquarters is located in Beaverton.

 

 

Oregon had one of the largest salmon-fishing industries in the world, although ocean fisheries have reduced the river fisheries in recent years. Tourism is also strong in the state; Oregon's evergreen mountain forests, waterfalls, pristine lakes (including Crater Lake National Park), and scenic beaches draw visitors year round. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, held in Ashland, is a tourist draw near its Californian border which complements the area's scenic beauty and opportunity for outdoor activities.

 

Oregon heeft ook een van de grootste zalm- industrieën ter wereld, maar de concurrentie van de zee visserijen is ook daar doorgebroken. En dan is er nog toerisme, de altijd groene heuvels, watervallen, schitterende meren en de adembenemende stranden, trekken jaarlijks vele toeristen. Het Oregon Shakespaere Festival is ook een voltreffer die bezoekers van over

de Californische grens aantrekt die komen genieten van de mogelijkheden in Oregon. Oregon is ook de thuisbasis van menig kleinschalige brouwerij.

 

Oregon is home to a number of smaller breweries

 

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