The decade ahead will be pivotal for Oregon. The disruptions of long forecasted megatrends will begin accelerating and become more pronounced, impacting things as fundamental as the nature of work and opportunity. These shifts present huge opportunities to increase our prosperity but also huge challenges. The states that adapt early, fast, and strategically stand to gain the most.

Given this challenge, the 2019 Leadership Summit returned the Oregon Business Plan focus to longer term economic development strategy. Over the course of this year, culminating with the 2020 Summit, Business Plan partners will be reviewing the implications of the trends mentioned above and recommending actions the state should take to seize opportunities and mitigate challenges. The 2019 Summit started that conversation, focusing on the questions at right.

How can we ensure that the prosperity created by the megatrends are shared broadly and equitably? How can we maintain and increase the competitiveness of our state economy and make sure that it generates opportunities for all? What opportunities is Oregon best poised to seize and how can it best proceed? And what actions should Oregon take now to increase its resilience to trends like automation, artificial intelligence, and job displacement?

The Business Plan aims to answer these questions and more working with a broad network of partners including industry associations, chambers, economic development organizations, state agencies, legislators, the governor’s office, community groups and more. The intended result: a strategic vision and agenda to guide economic development in Oregon and chart a course for the next decade of growth and prosperity.

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Event Welcome and Agenda

The Long Game


Event Snapshots


Plenary Session Segments

News Coverage

Oregon Entrepreneurs Need Better Access to Capital, Portland Business Journal

Governor Brown, Oregon Legislators Plan for a Busy Short Session, Portland Business Journal

Governor Brown Talks Strengthening State’s Economy,

New Federal Spending Plan Includes Timber Money for Oregon Counties, Wyden Says, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Wyden: Federal Spending Plan Includes Money for Oregon Timber Counties, The Bend Bulletin

Viewpoint: Oregon Small Businesses Deserve Bigger Seats at the Table, Portland Business Journal

Other Coverage

McMinnville Chamber of Commerce Event Summary

How do we ensure that prosperity is broadly shared?
Among Oregonians from all communities, backgrounds, and regions

How do we improve our economic competitiveness?
In cluster performance, trade, technology innovation, infrastructure, land, and regulatory policy

How do we adapt to a radically different future of work?
Meeting stronger education attainment goals, adapting to new technologies, preparing for artificial intelligence

How do we grow yet protect and enhance our quality of life?
In greater housing supply and affordability, in reduced congestion

How do we adapt to a changing climate while sustaining economic progress?
In natural resources, agriculture, urban design, and energy consumption