ORS 285C.050¹
Definitions for ORS 285C.050 to 285C.250

As used in ORS 285C.050 (Definitions for ORS 285C.050 to 285C.250) to 285C.250 (Designation of new zone following zone termination), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) "Assessment date" and "assessment year" have the meanings given those terms in ORS 308.007 (Definitions).

(2) "Authorized business firm" means an eligible business firm that has been authorized under ORS 285C.140 (Application for authorization).

(3) "Business firm" means a person operating or conducting one or more trades or businesses, a people’s utility district organized under ORS chapter 261 or a joint operating agency formed under ORS chapter 262, but does not include any other governmental agency, municipal corporation or nonprofit corporation.

(4) "County average annual wage" means:

(a) The most recently available average annual covered payroll for the county in which the enterprise zone is located, as determined by the Employment Department; or

(b) If the enterprise zone is located in more than one county, the highest county average annual wage as determined under paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(5) "Electronic commerce" means engaging in commercial or retail transactions predominantly over the Internet or a computer network, utilizing the Internet as a platform for transacting business, or facilitating the use of the Internet by other persons for business transactions, and may be further defined by the Economic and Community Development Department by rule.

(6) "Eligible business firm" means a firm engaged in an activity described under ORS 285C.135 (Requirements for eligibility) that may file an application for authorization under ORS 285C.140 (Application for authorization).

(7) "Employee" means a person who works more than 32 hours per week, but does not include a person with a temporary or seasonal job or a person hired solely to construct qualified property.

(8) "Enterprise zone" means one of the 30 areas designated or terminated and redesignated by order of the Governor under ORS 284.160 (1987 Replacement Part) before October 3, 1989, one of the areas designated by the Director of the Economic and Community Development Department under ORS 285C.080 (Limitation on number of zones), a federal enterprise zone area designated under ORS 285C.085 (Federal enterprise zones), an area designated under ORS 285C.250 (Designation of new zone following zone termination) or a reservation enterprise zone designated under ORS 285C.306 (Reservation enterprise zones).

(9) "Federal enterprise zone" means any discrete area wholly or partially within this state that is designated as an empowerment zone, an enterprise community, a renewal community or some similar designation for purposes of improving the economic and community development of the area.

(10) "First-source hiring agreement" means an agreement between an authorized business firm and a publicly funded job training provider whereby the provider refers qualified candidates to the firm for new jobs and job openings in the firm.

(11) "In service" means being used or occupied or fully ready for use or occupancy for commercial purposes consistent with the intended operations of the business firm as described in the application for authorization.

(12) "Modification" means modernization, renovation or remodeling of an existing building, structure or real property machinery or equipment.

(13) "New employees hired by the firm":

(a) Includes only those employees of an authorized business firm engaged for a majority of their time in eligible operations.

(b) Does not include individuals employed in a job or position that:

(A) Is created and first filled after December 31 of the first tax year in which qualified property of the firm is exempt under ORS 285C.175 (Enterprise zone exemption);

(B) Existed prior to the submission of the relevant application for authorization; or

(C) Is performed primarily at a location outside of the enterprise zone.

(14) "Publicly funded job training provider" includes but is not limited to a community college, a service provider under the federal Workforce Investment Act Title I-B (29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.), or a similar program.

(15) "Qualified business firm" means a business firm described in ORS 285C.200 (Qualifications of business firm), the qualified property of which is exempt from property tax under ORS 285C.175 (Enterprise zone exemption).

(16) "Qualified property" means property described under ORS 285C.180 (Qualified property generally).

(17) "Rural enterprise zone" means:

(a) An enterprise zone located in an area of this state in which an urban enterprise zone could not be located; or

(b) A reservation enterprise zone designated under ORS 285C.306 (Reservation enterprise zones).

(18) "Sparsely populated county" means a county with a density of 100 or fewer persons per square mile, based on the most recently available population figure for the county from the Portland State University Population Research Center.

(19) "Sponsor" means:

(a) The city, county or port, or any combination of cities, counties or ports, that received approval of an enterprise zone under ORS 284.150 and 284.160 (1987 Replacement Part), under ORS 285C.065 (Application for designation as enterprise zone) and 285C.075 (Review of application by department), under ORS 285C.085 (Federal enterprise zones) or under ORS 285C.250 (Designation of new zone following zone termination);

(b) The tribal government, in the case of a reservation enterprise zone; or

(c) A city, county or port that joined the enterprise zone through a boundary change under ORS 285C.115 (Change of zone boundaries) (7) or a port that joined the enterprise zone under ORS 285C.068 (Port cosponsorship of zones).

(20) "Tax year" has the meaning given that term in ORS 308.007 (Definitions).

(21) "Urban enterprise zone" means an enterprise zone in a metropolitan statistical area, as defined by the most recent federal decennial census, that is located inside a regional or metropolitan urban growth boundary.

(22) "Year" has the meaning given that term in ORS 308.007 (Definitions). [Formerly 285B.650; 2005 c.94 §2; 2005 c.704 §1; 2007 c.71 §84; 2007 c.895 §16]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 285C—Economic Development III, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors285C.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information