Expanding Horizons

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Expanding Horizons

Ready to expand your customer base and get your products and services to new markets?

Join us on April 26th from 9 am to 11 am at the Hillsboro Library for a presentation and roundtable conversation.  Registered attendees will be given a Growing Small Business Globally export advising passport to set them on the path to a self-guided series of training, consulting and advising sessions that prepares entrepreneurs for exporting. 

Register at: https://mailchi.mp/ab65eb96758f/register-now-get-products-to-new-markets-expand-your-customer-base 

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Opportunity Youth Job Fair

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Opportunity Youth Job Fair

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In the Greater Portland region and nationally, unemployment rates are at or near record lows. However, in this region, nearly 16% of 16 to 24 year olds are out of school and out of work according to Worksystems.  

The Opportunity Youth Job Fair on Friday, April 13 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center is part of a national initiative with a goal of putting 100,000 youth to work across the country. Details for business registration at www.gatewaytocollege.org/RegJobFair.

If you have registration or sponsorship questions contact Glenn Fee at gfee@gatewaytocollege.org.  Job-related questions can be emailed to Sabrina Van Artsdalen at svanartsdalen@worksystems.org.

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Challenge Accepted!

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Challenge Accepted!

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As of today, 13 organizations have signed up to participate in the Greater Portland Tech Challenge.  There's still an opportunity for problem-solving tech firms to sign up. See more details in an article published by the Business Tribune.

Greater Portland Inc and the Technology Association of Oregon are collaborating to produce the region’s first mobility tech challenge. The inaugural Greater Portland Tech Challenge pairs technology firms with transit agencies, governments, community organizations, transportation companies and engineering/professional services firms to explore technology solutions to the region’s mobility and transportation challenges.

Through this year’s mobility focused tech challenge we will explore some of the most interesting and confounding problems facing this region.  Thanks to PGE and Daimler for supporting this program. For tech challenge details and the "rules of the road" visit http://www.greaterportland2020.com/techchallenge.

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Equitable Development in the Greater Portland Region

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Equitable Development in the Greater Portland Region

 

Thanks to a federal grant, Metro is exploring how a proposed light rail and other investments can improve the region's southwest corridor economy and quality of life for people of all incomes. The equitable development strategy will address:

  • Equitable housing Identify tools to increase supply and meet demand for diverse places to live to fit the needs of individuals and families of all incomes and sizes.
  • Economic development Identify and encourage jobs that provide individuals and families with sufficient wages that allow them to live within the corridor.
  • Workforce development Identify ways to prepare current and future corridor residents for existing and emerging industries.
  • Guidance on property investment Identify where it makes sense to keep existing developments, adapt or redevelop areas, or invest in new development.

Metro’s Equitable Development Pilot Projects are intended to inform, advance, and facilitate future work in support of the Equitable Development Strategy while sustaining or enhancing community-driven initiatives that prepare communities for the changes and opportunities light rail and other investments would bring to the SW Corridor. Contracts/awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will support a mix of projects that address equity and housing issues as well as business and workforce development needs. More details at:https://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/southwest-corridor-plan/equitable-development-strategy

 

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Diversity in Leadership: Women on the Board

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Diversity in Leadership: Women on the Board

According to a Business Journals analysis

Business leaders have long highlighted gender diversity as a top priority, particularly when it comes to populating board rooms and the power center commonly known as the C-suite. Alas, women remain woefully underrepresented among the upper echelons of Corporate America.

Kudos to corporate leaders in Oregon like Umpqua Bank, Nike and Northwest Natural for leading the way. In Oregon, Umpqua Bank has the most female board directors (four). Columbia Sportswear, Nike and Northwest Natural each count three women directors on their boards. In terms of the state's largest company, Nike's figure of three out of 11 female board members exceeds the average for the country's biggest publicly traded businesses.

Read the full story here.

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Greater Portland Tech Challenge

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Greater Portland Tech Challenge

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The Greater Portland region is facing more complex challenges than ever before. Join us as we collaborate, innovate and meet these challenges head on.

Greater Portland Inc and the Technology Association of Oregon are collaborating to produce the region’s first ever mobility tech challenge. The inaugural Greater Portland Tech Challenge pairs technology firms with transit agencies, governments, community organizations, transportation companies and engineering/ professional services firms to explore technology solutions to the region’s mobility and transportation challenges.

Through this year’s mobility focused tech challenge we will explore some of the most interesting and confounding problems facing this region.  Get your challenge ready. We think the region’s tech talent, creative thinkers and problem solvers can innovate ways to move this region!

Here’s a couple challenges we’ve already heard about:

  • We’re trying to figure out last mile connections between transit and work.
  • How do we bridge the digital divide to bring mobility options to under-represented residents?
  • We need help with data collection, visualization and coordination. 
  • How will autonomous vehicles integrate into existing transportation networks?

Public and private sector partners are welcome to bring your mobility challenge to the tech challenge so innovators from the private and public sector can explore solutions that need both perspectives.  For details and the "rules of the road" visit http://www.greaterportland2020.com/techchallenge.

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