Thinking Big to Achieve Greater Shared Prosperity

The 21st Annual Leadership Summit

At a time when we need to expand prosperity and share it with more of our citizens, Oregon faces a range of large, tough challenges and extraordinary opportunities that call for big, long-term thinking and action.

Thinking Big, the theme of this year’s Leadership Summit, is something Oregon knows how to do. We did it with the bottle bill, public beach access, and land use legislation in the 1960s and ‘70s. We did it in 2022 with Future Ready Oregon, a major state investment in workforce talent development focused on underserved Oregonians; and then earlier this year with the Oregon Chips Act to boost state and federal support to expand Oregon’s vital semiconductor sector. Both were Oregon Business Plan priorities showcased respectively at the last two Leadership Summits.

Building on that momentum, the 2023 Summit called for bolder vision and action to grow our industry sectors and economy, to revitalize Portland’s Central City and other communities, and to address critical housing and infrastructure needs.

The 2023 Summit had record attendance. More than 1,200 people gathered at the Moda Center and nearly 1,000 watched the livestream. Media coverage was also over the top, including a front page story in The New York Times. See additional Summit related information below.

Summit Materials

2023 Leadership Summit Guide and Agendasets the context for the day; outlines past, present, and potential policy initiatives for this decade; lists and thanks our generous sponsors; and includes the day’s agenda.

Staging Priorities for a Decade-Long Journey to Shared Prosperity, background document for Summit electronic voting.

Industry Consortia: A Promising New Model for Oregon Talent Development, background document for Summit segment on talent development.


Here’s a sampling of media coverage immediately following the event. We’ll add other stories to this list as they are published.

Gov. Tina Kotek unveils task force recommendations to save downtown Portland, The Oregonian

To Revive Portland, Officials Seek to Ban Public Drug Use, The New York Times

Leaders expand on need to save downtown Portland, Portland Tribune

Oregon Business Plan takeaways cover trash, government cooperation and Portland vibe, Portland Business Journal

Kotek and Standard CEO Dan McMillan Release Central City Task Force Plan, Willamette Week

Gov. Kotek, Portland Central City Task Force release recommendations for revitalizing downtown, KGW8

Governor Kotek calls for fentanyl emergency declaration, public drug use ban to fix downtown Portland, KATU2

Gov. Kotek to declare statewide fentanyl emergency, KOIN6

Oregon Leadership Summit Kicks Off with Theme of “Thinking Big”, KXL News

Kotek, Portland task force recommend more cops, public drug use ban, business tax breaks, Oregon Capital Chronicle

2023 Leadership Summit Emphasizes Oregon Schools’ Role In Economic Prosperity, Oregon Schools Board Association newsletter

Gov. Kotek, task force present priorities to revitalize downtown Portland, KPTV12

Kotek’s recipe for Portland: More police and social workers, less plywood, trash and taxes, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland mayor condemns ad campaigns from powerful groups that blast city, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Kotek touts $500M Oregon housing plan at Leadership Summit, Portland Business Journal

Kotek’s downtown Portland task force releases recommendations, Portland Business Journal

The New York Times looks at Oregon’s Measure 110 discussion. Here’s what it reported. Portland Business Journal

Business Tax Cuts, Increased Law Enforcement, and Ban on Public Drug Use Recommend for PortlandThe Corvallis Advocate

Editorial: A year of getting unstuck, The Oregonian

Oregon Business Plan takeaways cover trash, government cooperation and Portland vibePortland Business Journal


View Summit videos here.

View photos of the December 11 Leadership Summit here.

Key Speakers