Earlier today, Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland, Oregon, delivered his State of the City address and announced that Airbnb will open our North American operational headquarters in Portland. We got started in San Francisco, and our main offices will always be there, but we’re growing faster than we ever imagined and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Portland.

Portland welcomes and promotes innovation and is a leader in the sharing economy, so we couldn’t think of a better fit for our newest space. We are incredibly thankful to Governor John Kitzhaber and to Mayor Hales and the City of Portland for their warm welcome.

Over the coming months, we’ll hire approximately 160 employees in Portland who will help our guests have smooth trips and meaningful experiences all over the world. We’ll have customer experience, management, training, IT, and facilities staff in Portland who will be moving into a permanent office in the Blagen Block building later this summer.

We believe in being good neighbors in Portland and in every city we call home. That’s why our office won’t just be a place for our growing team, it will be a space for the greater Portland community to share. When the office is complete this summer, we look forward to welcoming our hosts, guests, and travelers to stop in and visit, and we’re excited to find impactful ways to share the space with other organizations throughout the city.

Around the world, we’ve seen the benefits Airbnb brings to cities, and we can’t wait to see what we can do together with Portland.