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Oregon Launches Pilot Program to Improve Economic Development Collaboration Between Regions

September 03, 2015

Oregon announced an agreement with the four regional economic development organizations to improve business development coordination, help existing Oregon businesses expand, recruit new companies, and align other economic developments efforts to grow Oregon's economy and job creation. To achieve the goals of the program, the partners will share office space, hold regular planning meetings, and develop ongoing communications through shared software tools. Business Oregon will provide $100,000 ($25,000 per regional economic development organization) during the next two years to help offset expenses related to the increased cooperation. The pilot program will serve 11 counties, 127 cities, and about two-thirds of the state's population. Read the announcement…