A New Movement is Captured and Gains Momentum

January 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm 1 comment


Oregon Creative Industries (OCI) is not just a new organization, it’s a movement.  The Oregonian article about OCI that was published on the front page of the December 14th Sunday Business section puts it this way:

There’s reason to believe this is a movement with potential…Portland’s soon-to-be mayor, Sam Adams, says the creative economy is a priority.  A growing chorus of public- and private-sector groups rally around the idea.

The response to the article has been tremendous, with many people from a variety of disciplines and locations throughout the state reaching out to us asking how they can help.  Here are some examples of people we heard from:

Every conversation we have had with creative economy leaders confirms that this is the right idea at the right time.  We continue to gather input and ideas from the community in order to help us focus on areas that will have the greatest impact.

The article has helped us take OCI to the next level, building momentum in a way that we could not have done without it (who says print is dead?).  For example, a Facebook Group for OCI that was created just before the article was published grew to over 250 members in just two weeks.

Now our challenge is to harness the positive energy and passion that is apparent in this movement and apply it toward developing new initiatives and programs that are being defined via our various community town halls, leadership round tables and one-on-one discussions, leading to overall growth for the creative industries sector.

Let us know if and how you would like to help out.  You can also connect with us in a variety of ways (email list, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).

by Steve Gehlen


Entry filed under: Feedback, Press.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Serena  |  January 22, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Great to see this happening. It’s timely and much needed in our area.


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