The LCIC works collaboratively with the communities in the Lower Columbia region, local agencies, organizations and businesses to develop and implement strategies that will assist in strengthening our local economy. The LCIC shares information with potential investors, existing businesses, and other service providers to advance local projects and economic priorities. In addition, the LCIC assists existing business and industry to maintain a healthy economic climate, while identifying and pursuing new economic opportunities.
The region is heavily dependent on a single sector employer who employs either directly or indirectly over 35% of our local workforce. With that in mind, we recognize improvement of services and diversification is essential for economic growth. As part of a long term sustainability plan, it is necessary to undertake an inventory and mapping of our supply chain, identifying gaps and research viable business solutions while continuing to globally position the region as a center of excellence in metallurgy and advanced materials, digital technologies and IIoT & Big Data and Industrial Recycling.
The LCIC launched a marketing strategy called Metal Tech Alley in the beginning of 2017 to promote the area as a Technology and Innovation hub, with further focus on Digital Fabrication and Advanced Materials/Metallurgy, Recycling and Circular Economy and is now exploring local growth opportunities within these sectors.
Transitioning the region towards a Circular Economy requires a better understanding of our intermediate and waste streams and by-products that will stimulate innovation, identify new opportunities for our businesses to improve processes and productivity, to attract new markets and ensure profitability. By turning waste products into usable, viable added resources will remove the pressure on the environment and improve the security of our supply of raw materials. This Supply Chain Inventory and Gap Anaylsis study will give the LCIC the tools to support local business innovation, expansion and investment attraction boosting diversifying our economy and creating more jobs locally.
The LCIC is looking for a Circular Economy and Supply Chain specialist to review existing economic development materials, visit the region and engage with local businesses to inventory supply chains specific to the Meta Tech Alley sectors. Once these activities and frame work have been completed the Consultant will identify local and global opportunities and trends to covert these streams into usable, viable value added products.
If you’re interested in this opportunity click here for our full RFP requirements! Applications are due May 24th
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