Calling themselves the Metropolitan Economic Policy Task Force,the group of economic development professionals will take aninventory of the region's current economic development studies,plans and strategies, assess synergies and disconnects, and thenidentify strategies for forwarding the commonalities on aregion-wide scale.

"This will be the first truly metropolitan look at what we arecurrently doing to support the development of our economy," saysEthan Setzer, director of Portland State University's Institute ofPortland Metropolitan Studies, which provided an assessment of theinventory that will serve as the foundation for the task force'swork.

Rob Drake, mayor of the City of Beaverton, will head up the taskforce. "There are currently a number of efforts underway … focusedon developing economic development strategies," he says. "What ismissing is a comprehensive view of how all of these strategiesmight work together and what additional initiatives may need to beadded … ."

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