Join Us! OBA, Partners to Host Regional Economic Forums

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Regional Forums


Please join us as we launch our summer regional economic forums across the state in support of our top legislative work plan priorities in 2014 to RESTORE RURAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES, BUILD THE MIDDLE CLASS, and INVEST IN EDUCATION. See dates and locations below. RSVP now!


Oregon is recovering from the Great Recession but we have yet to realize our full economic potential. Each of the state’s diverse regions face its own set of challenges and opportunities.

To drive future job and income growth, we need a demand-driven, bottom-up strategy that builds on the priorities, assets and opportunities identified by individual regions throughout Oregon–and we must ensure that the state’s tools, policies and programs are aligned with regional needs.

We need your perspective to make this happen!

In July and August, Business Oregon and the Oregon Business Plan, in partnership with the Regional Solutions Centers, Oregon Business Association and Associated Oregon Industries, will hold regional economic forums around the state with businesses, elected leaders and service providers.

OBA Board member Bill Smith of William Smith Properties, Inc., Bend, (pictured above) is one of several OBA leaders participating in the regional tour.

These economic framework forums build on needs already identified by regions and will be an opportunity to:

  • Identify specific ways to accelerate progress on economic priorities in different parts of Oregon
  • Explore current programs and policies, asking: What’s working? What’s missing?
  • Examine how to enhance our state-regional and public-private partnerships

The result of these sessions will have immediate use. They will help inform Business Oregon’s economic development strategy and priorities, and help shape the policy discussion of the Oregon Business Plan.
You are invited to attend the forum of your choice.  All forums will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

We’re looking forward to your participation!

Region Date
South Central Oregon: Klamath Falls July 16
Southern Oregon: Medford July 17
Greater Eastern Oregon: Ontario July 24
Central Oregon: Redmond/Bend July 29
Mid-Willamette Valley: Salem July 31
North Coast: Astoria Aug 5
Portland Metro, AM (Entrepreneurial & innovation focused) Aug 6
Portland Metro, PM Aug 6
Northeast Oregon: Pendleton Aug 13
North Central Oregon: The Dalles Aug 14
South-Willamette Valley: Eugene Aug 18
South-Central Coast: Coos Bay Aug 19

Please RSVP
at your earliest convenience to join the conversation. Your input is critical in helping to set the state’s economic strategy. To the left is the schedule of locations and dates. Your registration confirmation will contain location details and other information.