The high cost of rent in San Francisco is fueling another move to the Portland area. But this time, it's an office of the federal government pulling up stakes.
A National Park Service office overseeing 60 national park sites across the West is planning to pack up for Vancouver, Wash., San Francisco-based KQED reported Friday.
Moving the Pacific West Regional Office would save the National Park Service nearly $4 million in rent and in lower pay and benefits for workers, KQED reported.
The $2 million annual lease for San Francisco office space ends in 2021, and the office plans to relocate to a vacant building the Park Service already owns at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Lower pay would account for $1.8 million in savings, KQED reported.
"We have struggled with recruitment in San Francisco for years due to the high cost of living," wrote Stan Austin, the region's director, in a memo, according to KQED.
The move still requires congressional approval.