ORS 285B.230¹
Definitions for ORS 285B.230 to 285B.269

As used in ORS 285B.230 (Definitions for ORS 285B.230 to 285B.269) to 285B.269 (Short title), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) "Region" means groups of counties designated by the Economic and Community Development Department or recognized in a regional partnership as provided in ORS 285B.236 (Guidelines for regional investment strategies) (3).

(2) "Regional board" means a board comprised of individuals described in ORS 285B.242 (Adoption of regional investment strategies) (1) and jointly appointed by the county governing bodies of each county in the region to develop, fund, implement and monitor the achievement of the regional investment strategy.

(3) "Regional investment strategy" is a long-term economic development strategy, updated at least once every six years, that focuses on the economic development priorities of each region, including but not limited to:

(a) Retaining and creating jobs and raising real wages;

(b) Promoting the structures and processes of public and private organizations to effectively create, adapt, foster and sustain economic development in this state, emphasizing rural and distressed areas;

(c) Ensuring that economic strategies reinforce Oregon’s long-term prosperity and livability; and

(d) Coordinating economic development efforts and efforts to support a locally skilled workforce in order to compete in the global economy.

(4) "Regional partnership" means a group of regional and economic development partners, including but not limited to cities, counties, ports, Indian tribes, special districts, nonprofit organizations and private organizations, that join together as a regional partnership in a memorandum of understanding between the members of the partnership and the directors of the Department of Transportation, the Economic and Community Development Department, the Housing and Community Services Department, the Department of Land Conservation and Development, the State Department of Agriculture, the Department of State Lands and the Department of Environmental Quality to provide a forum for coordination of economic development planning and investments so that strategies and processes for economic development are leveraged to the greatest extent possible to meet agreed-upon priority issues, challenges and goals. [Formerly 285.630; 1999 c.509 §47; 2003 c.773 §16; 2007 c.804 §62]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 285B—Economic Development II, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­285b.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information