08.03.12 Knope of the Week

Posted on August 3, 2012


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The votes are in and the results have been tabulated: after a week of nominations and voting by our community, ELGL is thrilled to announce the winner of the Knope of the Week! As a reminder, The Knope of the Week honors individuals or groups who have done the most in the past week to advance the mission of ELGL.

Without further ado, the winner of the 35th Knope of the Week goes to the . . . . 

Greater Portland Inc

Photo: Sean Robbins and Maggie Finnerty discussing Greater Portland Inc Economic Summit

Sean Robbins, CEO

Maggie Finnerty, Vice President of Investor Stewardship

Despite brushing off our Chick-fil-A question, Sean and Maggie are well deserving of this prestigious award for their participation in this week’s forum. They bring a much needed energy to the region and the determination to increase regional collaboration. Greater Portland Inc is an incredible resource for Portland area cities including small cities. You can see their work first hand at the upcoming 5th Annual Greater Portland Inc Economic Summit.

So what did we learn from Sean & Maggie?

  • Retail is not economic development.
  • Sean is older than 18 years but younger than 22.
  • New York State is a successful model of basing economic development on regions.
  • 78 percent of job growth comes from existing business.
  • Your first order of business as a city manager should be visiting with existing businesses to discuss partnership that will assist in their growth.
  • Remember Starbucks, Amazon, Nike, etc. were grown organically through a business friendly environment.
  • Greater Portland is taking a “wait and see” approach with the Oregon Investment Act. They are encouraged by the work of State Treasurer Ted Wheeler in shaping it into a meaning approach.
  • State budgets need to look more long-term; Oregon is taking a look at 10-year budgeting.
  • Success is measured by tangible outcomes.
  • Ben Stein is the keynote at the Economic Summit. No Ferris Bueller jokes, please.  See Win Ben Stein’s Money at Greater Portland’s Economic Summit.
  • Additional pictures and notes can be found here: Fist Bump to Greater Portland Inc.

Best of luck to Greater Portland Inc as they continue to build regional partnerships capable of bring jobs, jobs, jobs to the area.

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