The Governor’s approach to community and economic development recognizes the unique needs of each Oregon region and the importance of working locally to identify priorities, solve problems, and seize opportunities to get projects done.
State resources are strategically aligned throughout Oregon to accomplish these goals through Regional Solutions Advisory Committees, Centers and Teams. This alignment serves and supports the unique economic and community development needs of each region and the regional boundaries are strategically aligned with the 11 federally designated Economic Development Districts.
For each region, the Governor appoints advisory committees to represent the private, public and philanthropic sectors. Over 100 local elected officials, business representatives, foundation representatives and citizens serve on advisory committees. These 11 committees establish priorities unique to their respective region.
Regional Solutions Centers are located throughout Oregon to align investments in support of the priorities. Five core state agencies – the departments of transportation (ODOT), land conservation and development (DLCD), environmental quality (DEQ), housing and community services (OHCS) and business development (OBDD/Business Oregon) – co-locate their regional staff in these centers to form Regional Solutions Teams (RSTs). The Governor’s Office provides coordination for these teams. Regional Solutions Teams work collaboratively on projects to address priorities and they serve as quick responders to emerging issues. This community-based strategy has been very well received by both local governments and the business community.
The state’s investment of staff time and grants/loans -- when aligned with county, municipal, private, philanthropic and other funds -- contributes significantly to the vitality of our state. With these investments, significant progress has been made to address infrastructure needs, industrial lands readiness, workforce housing needs, and to support local businesses through loans, grants and incentives. Additionally, the RSTs have helped integrate and align permitting requirements, remove barriers to business retention and expansion, and quickly respond to issues.