Nick Nash Presents Umatilla County Regional Capacity Building Initiative to Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference

On May 23rd, Nick Nash had the opportunity to give a presentation about the Umatilla County Regional Capacity Building Initiative at the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference in Seaside, Oregon.

The Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference is a non-profit organization established to promote research and education on the economy of the Northwest states and Western Canada. The conference is attended by economists and academics from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of British Colombia and Alberta. The objectives of the Conference are:

  • To present a program of professional papers, panels and symposia that relate to regional economics.

  • To enable distinguished regional scientists and policy analysts from elsewhere to play a featured role at the Conference.

  • To provide a forum for those from academia, business, and government to meet and interact professionally.

  • To introduce and share current regional economic research with students, business and community leaders.

In his presentation, Nick talked about the unique public/private partnership model that the Umatilla County Regional Capacity Building Initiative uses. He also talked about how the program has developed over the last 2.5 years, lessons that have been learned along the way, and the plans for the future. He also made the case that the Regional Capacity Building Initiative is fully replaceable for any government that is interested in partnering with the private sector to provide a value added service to facilitate economic and community development.

The Umatilla County Regional Capacity Building Initiative is a public-private partnership between Umatilla County and Eastern Oregon Business Source that provides technical assistance to cities and entities that support cities to enhance their grant writing and strategic planning skills. This technical assistance improves success rates and maximizes the potential to find additional funding for community and economic development, benefiting the entire region. Umatilla County has dedicated economic development funds to this program to share in the cost of the professional fees.

Contact: Susan Bower, EOBS President

Email: susanbower@eobusinesssource.com

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