2017 Bright Idea
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, OR
January 1, 2017

The Agora Investment Platform is an online collaborative technology tool designed to coordinate investments into community and economic development priorities in rural communities. The system was piloted in a bi-state region of Oregon and Washington, and has connected communities with funding spanning federal, state, and philanthropic sources. Agora utilizes a taxonomy to organize the fundamental aspects of economic development using seven key assets and their various sub-strategies. The taxonomy creates a standard listing criteria that provides a framework for communities to prioritize investment opportunities and for capital providers to search for investment opportunities.