Chris Harder Named as Business Oregon Director

Governor Kate Brown today announced Chris Harder as Director of Business Oregon. Harder will begin on March 22 and will serve as acting director until confirmed by the Oregon State Senate.
“I’m excited to bring Chris on board to help continue Oregon’s economic momentum,” said Governor Brown. “Chris’ leadership experience will ensure the state’s economic development strategy represents and serves a diverse array of business interests, urban and rural.”
Harder works for the Portland Development Commission (PDC), the City of Portland’s economic development agency. In this role he managed the Business & Industry Division and led Portland’s efforts to support entrepreneurship, innovation, and trade. Prior to the PDC, Harder was the Director of Economic Analysis for the North Carolina Department of Commerce and a Senior Budget Analyst in the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management. He has Master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning and Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harder earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound, and was born and raised in Portland.