Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Greenlight, Clackamas County launch jobs initiative

A top Portland economic development group has teamed with Clackamas County on a pilot jobs creation program.

Greenlight Greater Portland will eventually roll out the Jobs Grow Here initiative to the entire Portland region. The program calls for Greenlight to interview senior executives on such matters as work force issues, global markets and expansion plans. Greenlight will then assemble the interviews into data that helps predict future workforce needs.

Greenlight is working on the pilot project with Clackamas County’s Business & Economic Development department.

The efforts could help Greenlight understand the region’s companies so that the group can encourage area leaders to add more economic development resources, said Gary Barth, deputy director of Clackamas County’s Business and Community Services department.

Greenlight is using software that will help the group generate data and reports based on their business interviews.

Greenlight Greater Portland is a regional consortium of Portland-area business leaders that focuses on economic development and business growth.

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