Reporting Period: Oct. 1, 2017 – April 1, 2018
Infrastructure can be the backbone of strong economies, vibrant communities, and a resilient environment. Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI), Willamette Partnership, and Portland State University have formed a partnership aimed at innovative investments and job skills for infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.
Task 1 – Technical assistance
The Infrastructure NEXT team has initiated technical assistance with nine communities across Oregon and Washington. Each effort is at a different phase with some well underway or even completed and others in the early scoping phase.
Task 2 – workforce needs assessment
The Infrastructure NEXT team has conducted a literature review and extensive outreach across both states to utilities, state agencies, professional associations, workforce experts, community colleges, and others to understand their workforce challenges. A draft survey will be pre-tested with a select group of utilities in the next two months, followed by wide distribution of the survey through agencies, utility networks, and professional associations. […]