NWCSM had it's origins within HB 5028 during the 2013 Oregon Legislature. The Governors budget allocated funds for universities to hire faculty, acquire necessary equipment and hire an executive director.
On May 14th, 2015, a Summit was held at Portland State University . The purpose of this summit was to level-set participants to the process thus far and review project proposals from universities.
Click below for the summit proceedings.
NWCSM has four of the major universities in Oregon and several organizations that support it's activities.
NWCSM has a strong board of directors from small to large companies.