2017 Bright Idea
Winners:
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, OR
January 1, 2017
Jurisdiction:
Oregon

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.