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Bi-State Forum with Featured Guests Governor Kulongoski and Washington Governor Gregoire
Author: Angela D. Abel, Office of Marketing and Communications, (503-725-3773)
Posted: February 16, 2006

What: 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 region’s economy by cooperating in these areas.

Keynote luncheon speaker is Kip Berstrom, 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.

When: Thursday, March 16, 2006, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (1825 SW Broadway, rm. 355).

Cost: Registration is $50.

Contact: For more information or to register, please call 503-725-5170 or visit www.pdx.edu/ims.

Background: As part of the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies was created to better connect the University to issues of concern to communities in the six-county Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area (Clark, Washington, Multnomah, Yamhill, Columbia and Clackamas), and to bring new attention to key issues of metropolitan significance. Acting as both a broker and a catalyst, the Institute has been serving the region since 1992.

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For Immediate Release (#06-028)