The Plan Strives to Create Jobs, Raise Incomes, Reduce Poverty, and Share Prosperity More Widely Across Oregon’s Diverse Communities


The Oregon Business Plan, launched in 2002, is an ongoing collaborative effort between Oregon’s business community, its elected leaders, and other key stakeholders to achieve greater economic growth and prosperity across all of Oregon’s regions.

The Business Plan has four long-range goals:

  • Add 25,000 net new jobs per year
  • Raise per capita income above the national average
  • Reduce the percentage of Oregonians living in poverty to less than 10 percent .
  • Increase economic mobility and shared prosperity across Oregon’s diverse communities and geography.

We Research and Propose Policies to Boost Oregon’s Economy

The main work of the Oregon Business Plan is to research and propose public sector policies and investments to improve Oregon’s conditions for economic success — well educated people, a regulatory environment conducive to business productivity, quality of place to attract and retain good people and companies, and a culture of innovation. We sometimes call this the Four Ps: People, Productivity, Place, and Pioneering Innovation.

The Business Plan pursues these conditions in the form of particular initiatives that address acute or gathering public challenges. Previous initiatives have urged policies to improve fiscal stability, transportation infrastructure, forest management, education, health care cost control, and rural water storage for agriculture.

We Present and Vet Ideas at the Leadership Summit

Work on the Business Plan and its initiatives goes on year round, but its signature event is the annual Leadership Summit, usually in early December. The Summit typically draws more than 1,200 business, elected, civic, and nonprofit leaders to identify and vet issues on the Business Plan agenda. Oregon’s top elected officials, prominent state and national policy experts, and publicly engaged business leaders typically participate in a combination of main stage presentations and discussions, as well as breakout sessions focused on particular issues.