Bi-State Forum March 16th

Jill Fuglister passes on this notice of the Bi-State economic development forum coming up next week. Transportation is definitely on the agenda:

Bi-State Metropolitan Forum: Building a Healthy Economy for Oregon and Washington
Thursday, March 16, 8:30 am-3 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, Portland State University Hosted by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies
Registration and more information at www.pdx.edu/ims

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire will both be featured guests at the 2006 Bi-State Metropolitan Forum, “Building a Healthy Economy for Oregon and Washington,” hosted by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. This all-day forum will also feature Portland and Vancouver Mayors Tom Potter and Royce Pollard. Discussion topics will include perspectives on managing cities in a two-state region, success and opportunities in bi-state cooperation, pooling assets of education and training and combing forces on economic development and smart energy. Participants will identify key opportunities for advancing the region¹s economy by cooperating in these areas.

Keynote luncheon speaker is Kip Bergstrom, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council. Kip has been Rhode Island’s leading advocate for regionalism, and has helped to launch several regional initiatives in the areas of economic development, transportation, land conservation, workforce development, higher education and research and technology commercialization.

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