Nike considered expansion outside of Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — A lawyer for Nike told Gov. John Kitzhaber the company was looking to expand outside Oregon unless the state promised tax certainty.

The statement was made in an email in early December that was released Wednesday in response to a public records request from The Oregonian.

The governor called lawmakers to Salem for a special session that promised to hold Nike taxes steady in return for an investment of at least $150 million and 500 jobs. That agreement was signed before the end of the year.

While footwear and clothing are manufactured outside the United States, the Nike headquarters near Beaverton is the site of management, research and marketing operations.

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