Did you know that Portland, Oregon, is home to Evanta, Gartner’s fastest-growing brand in the conferences segment? Over 220 Gartner associates make up Evanta’s collaborative teams, ranging from sales and content to client services, marketing and operations. There’s something for everyone at Evanta, just like in Portland! Here you’ll find the top six reasons to move to the ”City of Roses,” as curated by the local Gartner Recruiting Team!
1. Outdoor Adventures
From the coast to the mountains and everything in between, Oregon provides plenty of options when it comes to outdoor adventures! Within the Portland city limits, you can find over 80 miles of trails at Forest Park, one of the nation’s largest urban forests, or beautiful views alongside the Portland Waterfront.
Looking to get out of the city for the day? Consider a visit to the Columbia River Gorge, where you can find world-class windsurfing, go fly-fishing, or hike and backpack over 160 trails, including world-famous Multnomah Falls. Another short drive away, Mt. Hood provides Portlanders with more than just a great view from the city: During the winter, you can find yourself snowshoeing, sledding or skiing at one of the resorts on Mt. Hood, including Timberline Resort, which has the longest ski season in North America. Come summer, enjoy the Adventure Park at Skibowl or hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
For a full weekend getaway, the Oregon coast is a 2-hour drive from Portland, or you can find yourself in the high desert of Central Oregon and visit Bend, Mt. Bachelor or Oregon’s world-famous Crater Lake.
2. Wine Country and “Beervana”
Portland appeals to both wine and beer enthusiasts. Willamette Valley is a world-class wine region, known for some of the best Pinot Noir in the country. You can wine-taste through unique events such as yoga at the vineyard, Pour Oregon and Wine & Hip Hop Socials. Not interested in driving to wine country? You can taste delicious wine without ever leaving the city at a number of urban wineries in Portland. For those who prefer hops, Portland has been called ”beervana” by many, with over 70 breweries in the city proper. Visit standouts like Breakside, Deschutes, Ex Novo, Rogue Ales and Full Sail Brewing.
3. Arts & Culture
Music, dance, theater, comedy — Portland’s got it all! See a show at the Keller Auditorium, or discover one of Portland’s intimate and eclectic venues like the Revolution Hall, Mississippi Studios, or one of McMenamins’ many options, including Edgefield and the Crystal Ballroom! Additional avenues to soak up some of Portland’s robust cultural offerings include the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the sprawling Washington Park, which hosts the International Rose Test Garden, the Oregon Zoo and the Japanese Gardens. In the spring and summer months, hit the Waterfront park for Saturday Market, and our annual Pride festival.
4. Get Active!
The Pacific Northwest is a fitness lover’s dream! With 8% of Portlanders commuting to work via bike and 215 miles of bike-safe streets, it’s no surprise that Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in America. If cycling isn’t your thing, Portland hosts over 170 running events annually, including the Portland Marathon and the ”Mother of all Relays,” Hood to Coast! Hood to Coast is the world’s largest running relay race, with over 1,000 teams of 12 covering 199 miles from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast — and Gartner has a proud tradition of participating as a corporate team!
Not into being active yourself? Watch the pros instead and root for your new hometown, as Portland is home to the NBA’s Trailblazers, the MLS team the Timbers, and an National Women’s Soccer League team, the Thorns! Our junior hockey team, the Winterhawks, has a cult following, and you can read more about a potential MLB team on the horizon at the Portland Diamond Project.
5. Become a Foodie!
You’ll never run out of places to eat and drink at here in Portland! Named “Best Foodie City in America” for 2018 by WalletHub, Portland is home to over 700 food carts, and boasts some of the highest numbers of craft breweries, coffee shops and wine bars per capita in the U.S. Unique restaurant themes, fusion cuisine and rooftop dining make up just a sample of the incredible restaurants that you can explore all year round and take extra advantage of during our annual Portland Dining Month and at Feast Portland.
6. Silicon Forest
Portland has been nicknamed the Silicon Forest due to the number of startup technology companies now located in the city. Forbes ranked Portland as the No. 1 city in the country on its annual list of Best Places for Business and Careers for 2017. With household incomes increasing and unemployment at record lows, the city continues to offer immense professional career growth.
Are you interested in joining the Gartner team in Portland? Check out our available positions here.