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International trade, Transportation -- Planning -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Economic conditions -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area


An efficient multi-modal transportation system that out-performs other international gateway cities will provide a regional. competitive advantage. Achieving this goal requires a strategic plan and a concerted effort based upon access to accurate, timely, relevant data and investment prioritization that maximizes efficient utilization of limited resources. Once a plan is developed, the public must buy-in, a process that involves an educational and information exchange function where public-private benefits are enumerated, understood, and presented to voters, legislative bodies, lobbyist, and state policymakers in a clear, convincing manner. This process applies any time in history but is especially important given the current spate of challenging transportation issues confronting the region and state.


Originally appeared in Metropolitan Briefing Book 2005, Portland State University, Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies. The Metropolitan Briefing Book is a biennial publication developed by the Institute to provide elected and appointed leaders in the six-county area with information about issues and trends common to all corners of the region. The Briefing Book will also be useful to citizens interested in understanding the economic and demographic context of the Portland region as well as the critical issues and challenges we face.

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