Portland Community College

Develop a Strategic Blueprint

Portland Community College is considering the purchase of around 270 acres of land in the Scappoose area. The college is undertaking a research effort to determine the practicality and feasibility of developing a Public Services Training Campus (PSTC) on this land. The Interact Business Group (IBG) has in-depth knowledge and experience with this endeavor as a result of its previous engagement with the college on a previous project with similar scope and intent.  The engagement will consist of consultation services as well as several deliverables, including the following:

  • Establishing the Success — IBG will lead initial work sessions which are designed to answer the question, “What will success look like?” These sessions will be essential brain storming exchanges to determine and document the project’s vision, opportunities, roadmap, risks and flaws. Held over a few consecutive days, these sessions will allow us to ascertain a true and comprehensive view of the envisioned “successful finished product” and gain consensus of all stakeholders regarding expectations. Participating in the work sessions will be IBG, college staff and any other stakeholders that may be identified. Visits to the site during this time may also be anticipated.
  • Overview of Past Efforts and Current Logistic Conditions — IBG will examine previous technical and research work accomplished in association with past project efforts. In addition, current site boundaries, limitations, and benefits will be explored and documented. For example, a review of current site specific conditions will be reviewed based on prior assumptions and circumstances.
  • Benchmark Facilities of Similar Scope and Mission — “Validation of the possible” is the purpose of this benchmarking undertaking. From a national perspective, IBG will determine the best practices of management, partnerships and facilities by researching other government agencies, academic and industry facilities. IBG will evaluate other training center curriculums, facilities and technologies; determining what is being done right (as well as what is wrong and what they would change).
  • Determine the best and most feasible use of land and resources — Taking into consideration the vision, site attributes, and benchmarking what is the PSTC strategic direction and priority? For example, should fire service training, law enforcement training, hazardous material training be top priority or should PSTC be a center of excellence for health and environmental safety? After careful review of the all the previous work the framework for a Strategic Blueprint will be developed.
  • Establish PSTC Phasing, Costs and Efficiencies — The Strategic Blueprint is based on past research, current conditions, national benchmarks and future vision. Blending all these elements into a one focused direction forms the basis for establishing a project phasing, cost and efficiency plan. This plan will incorporate information from several sources: 1) IBG facility and technology cost estimates from previous projects, 2) National training trend data from benchmarks, 3) Local construction and development costs.
  • Creation of portfolio presentation materials — The deliverable product for this project will be presentation materials. The Portfolio of materials will consist of a bound written narrative of PSTC vision, scope, description, cost estimate, site typical element photos, and color conceptual site layout. In addition, the Portfolio will be summarized in a power point presentation.

Project Advocate— Bill Booth, IBG President, will serve as Project Advocate and SME (Subject Matter Expert). In this capacity Bill will chair strategy sessions, deliver project public presentations, serve as the technology advisor and act as project manager in other tasks as deemed necessary by the college.