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Press Release: July 13, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber appoints Bobby Lee to promote job creation and economic development in the metro area

(SALEM, Ore.) —  As part of his continuing effort to revitalize Oregon's economy and create jobs throughout the state, Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Bobby Lee as Regional Solutions Coordinator for the Metropolitan Area, which covers Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

Mr. Lee will coordinate the Metropolitan Regional Solutions Center which is responsible for seizing job creation opportunities and solving problems that stand in the way of economic development in the region. He has many years of experience in both the private and public sector collaborating with community leaders and local officials to solve problems in the Willamette Valley.

"Bobby Lee’s experience and problem-solving skills will serve the Governor well in helping get Oregonians back to work," says Greg Wolf, the Governor's Intergovernmental and Regional Solutions Director.

Mr. Lee served as a member of the Eugene City Council and worked in the Metro region as Director of Organizational Affairs for Worksystems, Inc., the state’s largest workforce development agency.  He is currently employed by Hynix Semiconductor as Strategic, Corporate Communications and Environmental Services Manager. He is also a former member of the Oregon State Board of Education and fluent in both Korean and English.  Mr. Lee will begin his new assignment in October. Steve Greenwood of the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) will serve as interim coordinator while taking a leave of absence from Portland State University, where the NPCC is located, until Lee begins.

Regional Solutions Centers will co-locate state agency staff to complete community-based projects that address regional and community priorities identified by local public, private, and civic leaders in each region. The Metropolitan Regional Solutions Center will be located at Portland State University.

Additional Regional Solution Centers are located in the Willamette Valley, central, eastern, southern Oregon and the Oregon coast.


Media Contacts:
Christine Miles, 503-559-8795
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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