Institute of Portland metropolitan Studies

About the Institute


MISSION: The Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) convenes regional partners, curates credible information and conducts objective policy research to stimulate dialogue and action that address critical regional issues.

In fulfilling its purpose, the Institute:

Conducts research, marshalling resources from higher education, governments, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations

Emphasizes academic methods, expertise, discipline and the longer-term view in studying issues and identifying opportunities

Facilitates the creation and sharing of information, using such technology as appropriate

Supports the Vision and Mission of Portland State University  

Fulfills the requirements set out in ORS 190 regarding the independent population estimates of cities and counties, and its responsibilities as the lead agency for administering The Oregon State Data Center (SDC) and Business and Industry Data Center (BIDC) program in Oregon.