Our team supported Greater Portland Inc (GPI) and Metro to collaborate with business, education, and civic leaders to form an economic development strategy for a bi-state, multi-county region. Building on their current efforts, our primary focus was to address inequality, resilience, and sustainable economic growth with an action-oriented plan.
In reviewing the data, we decided to work outside of the traditional industry cluster analysis to build a unique model that would meet our client’s goals and provide a clear direction for the strategy.
As a result, we were able to provide GPI and Metro with a stakeholder-driven action plan based on their vision, values, and objectives, with clear deliverables and timelines for each organization to complete.
Goal: Create opportunities for economic prosperity for all across the region.
Challenge: Align diverse interests and perspectives about economic development needs and solutions.
Solution: We were able to present data-based findings and direction with intentional engagement and feedback from the stakeholders. The objective analysis fostered a shared understanding and guidance for numerous stakeholders with various perspectives and ideas on how to grow the economic base.
Outcome: The fostering of regional understanding and cohesive direction regarding equitable economic growth.
Client: Greater Portland, Inc and Metro