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The Power of Partnerships: Together we Thrive

May 10,2016 | By Cara Rene, VP of Stakeholder Relations
As those who work in the world of economic development know, improving a region’s prosperity, recruiting new business and growing jobs is a long-term proposition. It’s never a quick turnaround, it’s not about what’s hot and fashionable, and it’s not an undertaking for those who seek immediate returns before moving on to the next big thing. 

Economic development is about bringing significant ongoing opportunity that leads to a flourishing future for a community, a state or a region, as is the mission of Greater Portland Inc (GPI) to find solutions for companies considering expansion or relocation to the Greater Portland region. Success is marked by sustainable growth that provides access to prosperity while maintaining the intrinsic features that are of the highest value for the citizenry.

Most importantly, economic development is about partnerships. Everyone has a stake in the future of their community. The elected official who represents a constituency with expectations of high quality of life. The business leader who employs residents and provides opportunity. The parent who is eager to have career and work opportunities for their children and grandchildren so they have the option to stay in the area. 

The efforts of both the public sector and the private sector are key toward ensuring a viable and vibrant future. Working together is the best avenue to creating the future we want.

An excellent example of partners working together is the recent expansion of GuideSpark in our market. GuideSpark is an employee communications company that provides a “software as a service” platform with customized content and videos. The company has expanded into the new Pine Street Market in downtown Portland. 

GPI coordinated and collaborated with several vital partners including Business Oregon (the state’s economic development agency), Portland Development Commission (Portland’s urban renewal and economic development agency), Technology Association of Oregon (a nonprofit representing the Oregon technology industry) Worksystems Inc. (a nonprofit workforce development organization), CBRE (global real estate corporation) and others to provide the company with market research, introductions to business leaders, workforce support programs and more that helped motivate GuideSpark to choose our region. 

That is one example among many of how working together can bring positive results to add to the prosperity in our region. Jobs. Wealth. Spending. It’s a cycle that economic developers and their partners work to replicate every day to improve the lives citizens and provide opportunity.

As GPI celebrates Economic Development Week, we thank all our public and private sector partners who work together to make Greater Portland the best region in the United States to live, work, and play. Together, we thrive. 

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