Trip to England & Scotland

Portland-region leaders from business, government and non-profit sectors traveled to England and Scotland in October 2019 to explore the way cities and urban regions—in various stages of economic development and transition—are addressing issues common to the Portland.Jackson 94

The group agenda included LondonSheffieldManchesterLiverpoolGlasgow, and Edinburgh.

The group’s discussions were grounded in three organizing questions:

  1. How are you reorganizing structurally to accommodate growth and prosperity–rethinking governance, mobilizing new resources, and forging new partnerships across sectors to achieve your shared goals? For the non-governmental sectors, how is public restructuring affecting your ability to achieve your goals?
  2. How are you fostering vibrant innovation ecosystems, including investments in research, education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and strategic partnerships? What are the roles and responsibilities across sectors and how are effective collaborations facilitated and maintained?
  3. How are you dealing locally with climate uncertainty and fostering resilience to ensure economic stability in the transition to a low-carbon economy?

Specifically, these topics were explored:

  • Congestion pricing to reduce central city traffic and pollution
  • Regional governance, including public-private partnership
  • Promoting economic growth, including by managing health care costs
  • How to help people experiencing homelessness
  • Vision Zero Carbon 2030
  • Advanced workforce training
  • “Resurrecting” a community

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ADVISORY ORGANIZATIONS

Greater Portland, Inc. (GPI) provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A public-private partnership, GPI is supported by more than 70 public-sector partners and private investors who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. GPI and our partners are shaping the region’s economic future and marketing Greater Portland to the world.

Prosper Portland is the economic and urban development agency for the city of Portland. Their focus is on building an equitable economy by carrying out a comprehensive range of economic development programs that support small business, improve access to workforce training, and create jobs for Portland residents. Prosper Portland works with partners to drive public attention and resources to different areas of the city, which helps Portland realize capital projects – parks, streetscape improvements, community centers –that would not happen on their own, making it a better place to live for all Portlanders.

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