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Ad Hoc Forest Cluster Working Group meets on January 18
Oregon Department of Forestry News Brief
Released: January 11, 2011
WHAT:  Representatives of Oregon’s forest industry cluster invited by the Oregon Board of Forestry to discuss and make recommendations on how state government can improve and maintain a more favorable investment climate that fosters globally competitive forest-based businesses throughout the state.
Oregon's forest products industries are  key to the state’s economic health.  However, there remain both significant challenges and opportunities for increased vitality and economic growth of the state’s forest cluster of allied industries and businesses. 
During this first meeting, the working group will 1) work towards a shared understanding of the highest priority strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing Oregon’s forest cluster; 2) learn about work already underway to develop and implement a comprehensive State of Oregon forest cluster economic development strategy; 3) begin identifying and prioritizing specific recommendations for addressing both short-term barriers and opportunities for a healthy and resilient Oregon forest cluster and long term initiatives to sustain an Oregon forest cluster economic development strategy; and, 4) plan next steps for the work group.
WHO: The Ad Hoc Oregon Forest Cluster Working Group.
WHEN: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2011.
WHERE: Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center, 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland.
WHY: To develop recommendations on changes to Oregon laws, policies, education, financing, other economic development programs, and state agency responsibilities to improve the vitality of Oregon’s forest cluster businesses.
Contact: David Morman, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7413 or dmorman@odf.state.or.us.