Thanks to everyone who turned out for our full-house forum on Thursday the 27th entitled, “Collaborating for Successful Regional Growth”. We had a terrific moderator and a panel of experts who talked us through what it takes to bring public and private sector together for smart regional infrastructure investments.
As Oregon thinks about how to attract and retain advanced manufacturing via potential federal CHIPS Act investments, there is a parallel conversation about what it means to have industrial land ready for investment. Our April forum was intended as a FIRST, not an only, conversation as we work together to find opportunities for collaborative solutions. We left the audience with this question, “What are the programs or policies that will ensure the region has the opportunity for well-thought growth that allows for smart regional investment and that continues to honor the Oregon values of protecting farm and forest?”