In preparation for the Oregon Prosperity Agenda Design Labs, OBC held eight Stakeholder Forums around Oregon in October to consider actions to reduce Oregon’s poverty rate.
The forums provided background on the challenge of poverty and solicited comments and recommendations for the policy work. In particular, they discussed near and long-term steps to help lift Oregonians out of poverty, reviewed the work of the Oregon Business Council’s Poverty Reduction Task Force, and offered suggestions for the Oregon Business Plan poverty reduction agenda for 2015 and beyond.
Here is a slide presentation outlining the poverty challenge and the work that began with the Stakeholder Forums.
Here are two summary reports from the Stakeholder Forums. The first identifies top poverty reduction policy concepts. This input will be used by the OBC Poverty Reduction Task Force to consider immediate initiatives to address poverty. The second, common themes among groups challenged by poverty, will be used as input for the Prosperity Design Lab. Those who came to the stakeholder meetings and want to give feedback on the design lab ideas summarized can do so through Oregon’s Kitchen Table. To do so, please register at the Kitchen Table site. You will receive a Oregon Kitchen Table consultation email in early December for that purpose.