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21st Century Networks

PDC plays a unique role as convener of private and community interests, serving as a nexus between the private sector and public agencies. It’s thus positioned to play a leading role in the goal to Form 21st Century Civic Networks, Institutions, and Partnerships that address the dual challenges of addressing wealth and income disparities and managing growth equitably.

No one organization or agency has the capacity to address market and system failures. But strong partnerships and networks can form alliances and alignments to produce solutions to the most pressing issues in education, workforce development, neighborhood affordability, and infrastructure.

Desired outcomes

Workforce & Regional Competitiveness – Portland is the center of a thriving, equitable, regional economy that produces abundant quality jobs that residents are able to attain; underserved residents and people of color have ready access to workforce development resources.
Affordability & Neighborhood Solutions – Portland neighborhoods remain affordable to residents at all income levels and for small businesses across all industry sectors.
Neighborhood Capacity Building – Local business owners, residents and community experts drive economic development results and have the capacity to engage in productive, balanced partnerships between public, private, and non-profit organizations.
Innovation & Infrastructure – Portland is recognized as a leader in civic innovation and serves as a market for local technology solutions. The city pursues cost-effective and resilient approaches to infrastructure and utilities. 



Greater Portland Inc
Business Oregon
Multnomah County/Home Forward
City of Portland
Venture Portland
Portland Community College
Oregon Health & Science University