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OCI and Regional Creative Economy Efforts

Much has been happening in the US and global Creative Economy news as of late.  Many thanks to Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch for her Creative Economy summary articles for Innovation Daily.  For some inspiring and great informational reading head to:

We have much to look forward to.



February 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

Save the Date! – Portland Creative Conference

Oregon Creative Industries is now the Producer for the Portland Creative Conference scheduled for Saturday September 12th at the Newmark Theater in downtown Portland, OR.

Register now and use the Code “OCI” to save 25% and support our Creative Community efforts.  More info can be found at

August 13, 2009 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

OCI Feedback from Cre8Camp

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Oregon Creative Industries town hall style discussion Saturday at Cre8Camp Portland.  Definitely some very insightful questions and comments.  Some of the highlights/topics of the discussion were:

Will OCI include Vancouver, Wa based Creative Industries who do a significant portion of their business in Oregon?  This topic is still open as part of our strategy development.

What is the end purpose of OCI as we mature and refine our mission statement?  Our group thought business development, new collaborative partners and clients should be included.

Can branding help Oregon Creative Industries?
Consensus was yes.

What can OCI do for business?  Most thought a networking directory to help create collaborative alliances with merchants, travel associations and other sectors would be extremely helpful.  Other suggestions were helping define our professionalism as an industry and growing creative industry jobs in Oregon.

Other items of discussion under this question were the freelancers union and other complimentary associations OCI could reach out to.

The question of how we unite the groups was brought up.  Some suggestions were to funnel people to events and their area of interest association, having the Creative associations participate in more joint events and making sure OCI’s website is linked and networked with all associations.

Other comments and suggestions included making sure OCI supports the individuals and perhaps learn or borrow some tips from other organizational models such as Convention visitor’s bureaus.

Overall we had a very positive and well-received response to the vision of Oregon Creative Industries is trying to accomplish.  Thank you again to all those that contributed to our discussion yesterday and to everyone who has kept our momentum moving forward thus far.  I will follow up with everyone who wrote their names down for me this week.

We have much to look forward to.

November 17, 2008 at 11:41 am 5 comments