Over 25 years of business and economic development experienceAbout


Patricia Scruggs is founder and president of Scruggs & Associates LLC.  Since 1993, Patricia has helped organizations identify and execute on their strategic advantages, and assisted regions with capturing economic and entrepreneurial opportunities that create jobs and wealth.   Her work to date includes developing over 70 economic, innovation and entrepreneurship, and workforce development plans that leverage the resources and know-how of public and private sector partners.  Scruggs & Associates also works with community and nonprofit organizations to help develop or reassess business and operating strategies to evaluate and continually improve performance. Clients note that Patricia's combination of private and public sector experience along side strong analytic and facilitation capabilities provide a unique and effective combination of competencies. 


From 2003-2005, Ms. Scruggs served as Oregon's first Director of Innovation and Technology where she managed the governor's innovation council and the state's technology efforts; writing and passing legislation and acting as a liaison among industry, education and government.  Patricia has continued her innovation and entrepreneurial services assisting state and regions across the country, including work on rural equity capital for the Ford Foundation's Wealth Creation in Rural America, as well as an access to capital assessment for the USDA. 


Using three decades of experience, her current work focuses on how talent, innovation and industry development intersect to form unique regional and state footprints; and how to garner these footprints to develop pathways to economies that create wealth for communities and businesses alike.  An example of this work includes the 2016 publication of the Oregon Talent Plan.

Prior to establishing Scruggs & Associates, she worked for Coopers & Lybrand as a senior consultant in the manufacturing & technology practice, as the quality manager for CommScope, and as an engineer for IBM. She has served and chaired multiple economic boards and committees, and was a founding member of several organizations including New Economy Coalition, the Oregon Creative Services Alliance and the Oregon Natural Step Network.  Patricia is also an active volunteer in her community.  She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Masters Degree in Environmental and Public Policy.