OCI Legal Structure Discussion

December 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm 1 comment

This week we met with attorney Don Krahmer and two of his colleagues at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.  Don is a master at helping to create and foster economic development-related initiatives in Oregon, and fortunately for me is also a long-time and valued friend.  He is very community-minded and a valuable asset for our state.

I wanted to talk to Don about the best legal structure for the public-private partnership that we plan to create with Oregon Creative Industries.  It was a great discussion, with lots of questions thrown at us and some input on how we might proceed.

The meeting helped to confirm what I had been thinking: that OCI should be structured as a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt entity.  I have already formed two previous tax-exempt organizations–the Internet Strategy Forum is a 501(c)(6) and Keeping the Beat is a 501(c)(3)–so I’m getting comfortable with the process.

We plan to start on the paperwork after the first of the year and in the meantime have launched the domain name “oregoncreative.org” for the entity.



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  • 1. Donald Krahmer  |  December 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Hey Steve: Thanks for the nice comments! Also congratulations on the great press in the Sunday Oregonian! Wow!

    Now is the time to think about the kind of Oregon we want after we our out of this recession.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    Best regards,



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