Westside Economic Alliance: Breaking Gridlock with Information



Two economic development organizations serving the area west of Portland, Oregon – the heart of the state's high tech industry – contemplated merging, but never could come to a final decision. The groups had similar missions and overlapping memberships.


Determine what corporate stakeholders wanted.


CFM conducted a series of one-on-one interviews and prepared findings and recommendations. By an overwhelming majority, stakeholders said they preferred a single economic development voice for their interests. They spelled out what their priorities were, giving clear direction to the boards of both organizations.


The groups overcame all obstacles and merged into the Westside Economic Alliance six months after CFM issued its report.