Working with Communities

Request for information

The Regional Solutions Program – consisting of advisory committees, Governor’s coordinators, and interagency state teams – provides a one-stop shop for communities throughout the state. Eleven Regional Solutions teams support community and economic development to help attract and expand business and industry, create good jobs, and improve the economy. They bring the right people to the table and coordinate state action to solve problems and streamline government. These state agency teams help integrate and align permitting requirements, remove barriers to business retention and expansion, and quickly respond to issues that address community and economic development priorities in the region. 

One of the tools used by Regional Solutions to support economic and community development is the Regional Infrastructure Fund. The Regional Infrastructure Fund provides grants and loans to local governments for Regional Solutions projects. The Oregon Business Development Department administers the fund. 

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Legislature authorized the issuance of lottery bonds to produce $4 million in net proceeds for the Regional Infrastructure Fund. We are distributing a Request for Information (RFI) to better understand the capital project needs that support job retention and creation in each of the economic regions in Oregon. 

Please review the RFI materials and consider submitting recommendations for projects. Project information will be reviewed by Regional Solutions Advisory Committees and some potential projects may be previewed to the Legislature at an informational hearing in February 2018. Benefits of responding to the RFI include increased exposure to your project and potential feedback from the teams and Legislature.  Responses to the RFI will also be used to inform the funding application process which will begin in spring 2018.  

Deadline to submit information is October 31, 2017​

RFI Submittal Form