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The High-Tech Myth & Urban Reserves
January 22, 2010
Why Hillsboro and Washington County don’t need more urban reserves for large-lot industrial sites: the high-tech myth Cherry-picking industries: a flawed model Hillsboro bases its aspiration plan on building on its “success” in attracting high-tech employers in three cluster industries: High-tech manufacturing (Intel), solar-cell manufacturing (Solar World) and bio-pharma (Genentech). They justify needing thousands of acres of large-lot sites to accommodate additional companies in these industries. This is a flawed business model. (See Allen Amabisca testimony to Metro Council, 1/20/2010) Cluster proximity less important “Tech companies in the 1990’s wanted to be in Hillsboro because they were tied to production ...