Mission and Leadership

Port of Portland operations impact the entire Pacific Northwest. But as a regional government agency, our official boundaries include only Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon.

The mission of the Port is to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets, and by promoting industrial development.

A nine-member Commission, appointed by the Governor of Oregon and ratified by the Oregon Senate, sets Port policy during its monthly meetings. At least two commissioners must each live in one of the three counties in the Port district. The remaining members may live in any part of the state. Commissioners serve four-year terms and can be reappointed. The Commission appoints the Port's executive director.

Alice Cuprill-Comas
Alice Cuprill-Comas
Commission President
Term: 10/01/2015 - 09/30/2019
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Tom Chamberlain
Tom Chamberlain
Commission Vice President
Term: 05/10/2011 - 05/09/2019
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Linda M. Pearce
Linda M. Pearce
Commission Treasurer
Term: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2020
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Robert L. Levy
Robert L. Levy
Commission Secretary
Term: 05/01/2013 - 04/30/2021
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Michael C. Alexander
Michael C. Alexander
Term: 06/01/2016 - 05/31/2020
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Jim Carter
Jim Carter
Term: 12/01/2009 - 11/30/2017
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Pat McDonald
Pat McDonald
Term: 02/17/2016 - 02/16/2020
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Tom Tsuruta
Tom Tsuruta
Term: 12/13/2012 - 12/12/2020
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Gary Young
Gary Young
Term: 10/01/2015 - 09/30/2019
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Funding and Revenue Sources

Our financial structure is separated into two primary operating funds: General Port operations and aviation operations.

General Port operations includes marine and industrial development, navigation, engineering and administrative divisions. It is funded by fees charged to customers for use of our services and facilities, and revenue from land and building leases and property sales. We also receive property taxes, which are assessed at 7 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value on property located in Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. Our public mission to connect the region to the global marketplace is achieved while generating 96 percent of our operating revenues from transactions with private sector clients, and 4 percent from property taxes.

Aviation operations receives no direct property tax support. Agreements with passenger and cargo carriers at PDX provide the foundation for the aviation business; revenues from parking and tenant leases also help fund aviation activities. PDX funds cannot commingle with any other resources and are restricted for use at aviation facilities in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and airport revenue bond ordinances. Under special circumstances, PDX funds can be used for general aviation.

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Strategic Plan and Budget

Economic Impacts of Marine and Airport Operations*

Jobs and Dollars
We play a vital role in our region and local economy by generating billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.* The business and industrial parks we have developed contribute to the region's economic vitality as well. Our business parks are home to more than 400 companies.

Aviation and marine activities created nearly 27,000 jobs in the Portland metro area.
Aviation-related: 19,500
Marine-related: 7,000

Aviation and marine activities produced nearly $1.8 billion in total income for the region.
Aviation-related: $1.1 billion
Marine-related: $629 million

Business Revenues
Aviation and marine activities at our facilities generated nearly $5.7 billion in revenues for regional businesses.
Aviation-related: $5 billion
Marine-related: $629 million

Aviation and marine activities generated $172 million in state and local taxes.

*All figures are based on a 2015 study update.

Environmental Stewardship

Our environmental policy states that our mission is only complete if we integrate responsible environmental stewardship into our operations. This means in our day-to-day activities and longer-term planning and implementation, we foster a mindset that integrates the social, economic and environmental considerations of our actions.

We incorporate environmental considerations into all aspects of our strategic planning and business decision-making, and each year, we set goals to ensure that we continually seek ways to:

  • Minimize impacts to air quality
  • Minimize impacts to water resources
  • Reduce waste generation and hazardous materials use
  • Minimize impacts and seek opportunities to enhance natural resources
  • Reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions

As a major ongoing project, we are committed to a cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund site that protects the health of Portlanders and the environment, and to finding the most cost-effective way to achieve it.

For additional information about our environmental programs and projects, please visit http://www2.portofportland.com/Inside/EnvironmentalPrograms.

Portland International Airport and General Aviation Airports

We own the award-winning Portland International Airport and two general aviation airports that serve private and business aircraft.

Portland International Airport
PDX serves approximately 17 million passengers annually on 17 commercial carriers. PDX is also served by eight air cargo carriers, shipping more than 200,000 tons of air cargo through PDX annually. The airport averages more than 500 flights daily. PDX also features:

  • Nonstop flights to 75 domestic destinations and 11 international cities: Amsterdam; Tokyo; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Guadalajara, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Reykjavik, Iceland; Frankfurt, Germany; and, starting in May of 2017, London’s Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom
  • 1 fixed-base general aviation operator

The following passenger airlines serve PDX:

Airlines Phone Number
Air Canada 888.247.2262
Alaska Airlines 800.252.7522
American Airlines 800.433.7300
Boutique Air
Condor Airlines 866.960.7915
Delta Air Lines 800.221.1212
Frontier Airlines 800.432.1359
Hawaiian Airlines 800.367.5320
Icelandair 800.223.5500
JetBlue Airways 800.538.2583
Southwest Airlines 800.435.9792
Spirit Airlines 801.401.2200
Sun Country (800) 359-6786
United Airlines 800.864.8331
Virgin America 877.359.8474
Volaris 866.988.3527

For a list of Cargo Airlines serving PDX, click here.

General Aviation
Two general aviation airports serve private and business aircraft.

Hillsboro Airport

  • 970 acres
  • 3 runways (6,600 ft., 3,821 ft. and 3,600 ft.)
  • 3 fixed-base operators, 2 flight schools, aircraft charters and rentals, private business operators, aircraft storage
  • 186,402 take offs and landings in 2015

Troutdale Airport

  • 260 acres
  • 1 runway (5,400 ft.)
  • 1 fixed-base operator, 2 flight schools, aircraft maintenance companies, aircraft sales, private business operators, aircraft storage
  • 129,033 take offs and landings in 2015

Marine Terminals

Our marine operations are served by a network of interstate freeways, Union Pacific and BNSF railway, and the Columbia/Snake river barge system.

Marine Terminals

  • Terminal 2: 52.5 acres; breakbulk, bulk, project cargoes, maintenance base for federal dredge vessels
  • Terminal 4: 261.5 acres; mineral bulks, autos, liquid bulks, flour mill
  • Terminal 5: 159 acres; grain, mineral bulks, warehouse/manufacturing
  • Terminal 6: 419 acres; containers, autos, intermodal rail yard operations

2015 Cargo Volumes

Cargo Volumes
Containers (*TEUs) 22,683
Automobiles (units) 262,874
Grain (**st) 2,459,533
Mineral bulks (st) 5,090,108
Breakbulk cargo (st) 121,731
Total tonnage 8,380,849
Portland Harbor total tonnage*** 12,413,000

*20-ft.equivalent unit (fits in 20-ft.container)
**Short tons
***Harbor includes public and private facilities from the Steel Bridge to the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.

Leading Exports By Volume/Tons Leading Imports By Volume/Tons
Grain Cement / Aggregates
Soda Ash Automobiles
Potash Urea
Automobiles Petroleum Products

Leading Trade Partners ($ in Millions)

Exports Imports
China $1,402 Japan $3,696
South Korea $579 South Korea $1,348
Japan $472 China $212
Taiwan $182 Canada $70

Total Value of International Waterborne Trade
Portland imports and exports: $11.3 billion


  • Largest wheat export port in the U.S.
  • Largest mineral bulks port on U.S. West Coast

Dredge Oregon

We work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the Columbia River navigation channel to 43 feet. We own and operates the Dredge Oregon, a non-propelled, cutter-type dredge with steel superstructure and hull.

Industrial Development

We acquire, preserve and manage a large portfolio of land suited to transportation, manufacturing, and logistics and are one of the region’s largest developers of industrial and business parks. Within our 10,000 acres of property holdings, we oversee five business parks that offer businesses fast, efficient access to markets via nearby airports, deep-draft marine terminals, transcontinental rail lines, interstate freeways, and a river system that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho.

Our business parks are home to more than 400 companies, including manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities for clothing, shoes, tires, household goods and food.

  • Rivergate Industrial District: 2,800 acres near I-5, two marine terminals, BNSF and Union Pacific railroads. Prime location for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.
  • Swan Island Industrial Park: 430 acres near I-5, Union Pacific Railroad. Includes office, and light and heavy industrial users.
  • Portland International Center:  458 acres along I-205, including 120 acres of retail, office and hotel development in Cascade Station; 338 acres of industrial development served by TriMet MAX light rail.
  • Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park: 700 acres near I-84, former brownfield site now home to major logistics and distribution provider; targeting manufacturing.
  • Gresham Vista Business Park: 221 acres near I-84, located in Gresham’s strategic investment and enterprise zone. Targeting international distribution and manufacturing, commercial and mixed use lot development.