We imagine Oregon’s leaders regularly employing the Oregon iSector as a platform for initiating and conducting successful public – private – civic partnerships to address crucial issues. We will assist leaders in overcoming the barriers that prevent working easily and effectively across sectors. The Oregon iSector will enable leaders to work together productively to leverage their resources and capabilities to create innovative solutions to complex social, environmental, and economic problems.
Why Oregon iSector Partnerships are Needed
The complexity of many issues we face today — health care, housing, climate change, economic recovery, etc. – can no longer be addressed by any sector acting alone. We have learned that piecemeal and siloed responses are not sufficient to get at these kinds of problems.
These challenging issues often require concerted, joint action sometimes over a long period of time. Leaders must look beyond their own boundaries for opportunities to leverage external resources and expertise to address these challenges. There is increasing recognition that the private and civic sectors need to be working with the public sector to address these pressing issues.
Government, foundations, and for-profit companies collectively have sufficient capital and talent. What is needed is an entity to broker partnerships among them, providing the expertise and support that will achieve greater outcomes for Oregon communities.
Key Elements of Oregon iSector Partnerships:
- Partners from the public, private and civic sectors achieve greater impacts by leveraging and integrating their talents and resources.
- Co-Conveners from different sectors share leadership which is critical to innovation and to sustaining the energy and commitment necessary to carry out long term plans and achieve the desired outcomes.
- Oregon iSector partnerships are conducted according to a set of principles and practices that enable the sectors to work together more effectively to produce successful outcomes.
An Oregon iSector Partnership – The Turnkey Project
In the face of Covid-19, wildfire disasters, and the crisis of homelessness, the League of Oregon Cities, Association of Oregon Counties, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, state agencies and housing providers formed an Oregon iSector partnership to address the critical need for housing.
The partners determined the best approach was to acquire already existing hotels and motels to meet the immediate need for housing. The state allocated $65 million to the partnership to purchase motels. The Oregon Community Foundation is administering the program on behalf of the partnership.
In the long term, these facilities will be converted to transitional or permanent housing units and the partnership will work together to sustain these operations and provide the wraparound services that will be essential for the residents.
Other issues that lend themselves to Oregon iSector Partnerships:
Complex issues like housing, homelessness, securing the social safety net, social determinants of health, access to technology, climate change, economic recovery – all are candidates for future Oregon iSector partnerships.