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Biomass energy industries -- Oregon -- Lakeview, Rural conditions -- Oregon -- Economic apsects, Forest products industry -- Oregon -- Lakeview, Forest policy -- Social aspects, Forest policy -- Economic aspects


The assessment team was made up of a diverse group - eight undergraduate PSU students, two graduate teaching assistants and one instructor - representing all ages, interests and fields of study. However, one thing everyone had in common was an interest in learning about collaboration and how it might be used to improve the state of Oregon, the nation and even the world. To that end, everyone participating in the Capstone course hoped to enhance their “Skills for Being an Effective Collaborator.” As this is the first time this course has been offered, we hope our success in meeting its goals ensures it is offered again in the future.

Oregon Solutions in sponsoring the Capstone field trip, set forth on a goal of gaining greater comprehension around what it takes to guarantee a truly successful collaboration. Our goal in taking on the challenge put forth by Oregon Solutions was to examine the Lakeview Biomass Project collaborative effort to better understand why it was so successful when similar attempts at collaboration had failed. In effect, we were tasked with creating a narrative that broke the project down from inception to the present day.

In examining Lakeview’s collaborative process, we focused on three key questions: 1) What factors contributed to Lakeview’s success 2) What kept the momentum alive after Oregon Solutions was no longer involved? and 3) How can we generalize Lakeview’s success so that it can be applied to other communities?

This report attempts to answers these questions to get at what it takes to ensure a successful collaboration. In doing so, we will analyze the specifics of the Lakeview Biomass Project, including its history, individual achievements, and current challenges. We will then attempt to generalize those findings in a way that can be used to advise others who attempt in the future to use a collaborative process under similar circumstances.


Subtitle on cover page: An Assessment of Factors Leading to the Success of the Lakeview Biomass Project.

This report is a production of the National Policy Consensus Center at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.

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