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
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
Deadline to submit information is October 31, 2017
RFI Submittal Form