Since 2002 the Oregon Business Plan has been the state’s principal economic development forum, bringing together leaders from business, government, and nonprofit sectors to consider policies and initiatives to improve Oregon’s economy and life. Our longstanding goals have been to create more good jobs, increase per capita income, reduce poverty, and – more recently – to boost and share prosperity more equitably across Oregon’s diverse communities and geography.
The Business Plan has helped Oregon navigate two recessions and shape policy for a range of issues. Now we face the challenge of navigating a still-uncertain pandemic and seizing opportunities for long-term prosperity as we strive to come out of it.
Our series of virtual events between July and December of 2020 focused on how the covid crisis has changed Oregon and how we can emerge from its grip stronger and more equitable. The policy proposals coming out of those events position the Business Plan to tackle such opportunities as revitalized manufacturing, a stronger workforce, enhanced infrastructure, more housing, and greater economic participation among all of our communities.
The timing could not be better. Proposals emerging from the Business Plan create frameworks for public and private investment in Oregon’s future, drawing on robust state revenues and unprecedented federal funds to fuel recovery.
Save the date and stay tuned for more details about the event as we head toward what we hope to be a traditional Leadership Summit in person.