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Regional higher education leaders to highlight industry partnerships at the Greater Portland Economic Summit

August 26,2019 | By Anna Marum

Aug. 26, 2019
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Anna Marum
Greater Portland Inc

Regional higher education leaders to highlight industry partnerships at the Greater Portland Economic Summit
Tickets are now on sale for the Sept. 12 event, featuring global economic development expert Tracye McDaniel as keynote speaker

PORTLAND, Ore. – Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Greater Portland Economic Summit, which convenes nationally and regionally respected thought leaders for key conversations about what makes us successful as a region and where we can improve.

Greater Portland Inc’s signature event celebrates GPI’s role as the region’s premier public-private partnership and shines a spotlight on our region’s competitiveness in a global economy.

This year, the Summit explores the partnerships between higher education and industry that ignite innovation and drive our region’s economic growth.

“Our region’s top-tier workforce plays a key role in attracting new firms to Greater Portland,” said Matt Miller, GPI’s interim president and CEO. “We are excited to highlight the ways our region’s institutions are working with industry to ensure our workforce remains competitive.”

The Summit features an all-star lineup led by Tracye McDaniel, a global voice in economic development based in Austin, Texas. A seasoned expert in the industry, Tracye has advised five governors and led marketing efforts in more than 50 countries.

“I am thrilled to join you in Portland to explore transformational practices in education and industry collaborations around the country,” McDaniel said. “During my 30-year career working with communities, regions, and states on issues of competitiveness and positioning, I have found these kinds of public-private collaborations can provide a global competitive advantage.”

In addition to McDaniel’s global perspective, the Summit will feature nine leading higher education voices from our region:
  • President Tim Cook, Clackamas Community College
  • Interim President Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, Clark College
  • President Danny Jacobs, Oregon Health & Science University
  • President Mark Mitsui, Portland Community College
  • Chancellor Mel Netzhammer, Washington State University-Vancouver
  • Interim President Stephen Percy, Portland State University
  • President Michael Schill, University of Oregon
  • President Lisa Skari, Mt. Hood Community College
  • Vice President of Research Irem Tumer, Oregon State University

Dave Robertson, vice president of public policy for Portland General Electric, will moderate the panel conversations.

Tickets and tables of 10 are on sale now. Don’t miss this important regional conversation and one of the best networking opportunities of the year.

GPI would like to thank all the generous event sponsors, including PGE, OHSU, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, The Standard, Port of Vancouver USA, Slalom, Spirit Media, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn and The Boeing Company.

Join us
What: Greater Portland Economic Summit
When: Sept. 12
7:30 a.m.: Registration, breakfast and networking
8:30-11 a.m.: Main program
Where: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.
$150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10
GPI investors: $125 each or $1,250 for a table of 10
Learn more: greaterportlandinc.com/2019summit

Members of the media are invited to attend. Accommodations will be made with proper credentials. Please contact Anna Marum to reserve a media seat.
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About Greater Portland Inc: Greater Portland Inc provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, Greater Portland Inc is supported by 90 public- and private-sector partners who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. Greater Portland Inc and partners shape the region’s economic future and market the region to the world. Learn more at greaterportlandinc.com.

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