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Metropolitan Briefing Book 2005

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Regional planning -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Population forecasting -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Demographic surveys -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area


Biennially, the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) undertakes to identify the most compelling concerns, problems, and dilemmas facing citizens of the Portland metropolitan region. The region is defined as Clackamas, Colwnbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties and Clark County in Washington. IMS staff analyzes the results of two Critical Issues list surveys, one of area residents at large conducted by the Survey Research Laboratory (SRL) of Portland State University (pSU), and the other a mail survey of regional opinion leaders. The opinion leaders are elected and appointed officials serving in jurisdictions throughout the six-county metropolitan region, academic experts in regional affairs, and citizen activists. The two surveys are compared and contrasted for points of congruity and contrast between the two cohorts surveyed. Staff completed 374 phone surveys of the general public; 424 of the region's opinion leaders mailed back responses. This essay presents the results.


Originally appeared in the Metropolitan Briefing Book 2005, presented by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

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