Remembering John Gray

In its October 23, 2012 issue, the Oregonian editorial board saluted the life and legacy of John Gray, a businessman, developer, and philanthropist who recognized that Oregon succeeds through balance and fairness, and who gave so much of his own time, energy, and profits to support that vision.

Keeping the Oregon Spirit: Our September Newsletter Explores Reserves, Food Innovators, and More

The September issue of Oregon Stories features a letter from our director on why we're challenging Metro's reserves plan, a profile of two food innovators bringing a new kind of economic development to Salem, recent commendations for Oregon's land use program, and more.

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Oregon Land Use Program Is "What Works" in Government

An award-winning magazine describes Oregon's innovative land use planning program as the country's foremost model for achieving a balance of high-quality communities and thriving rural resource lands.

August Oregon Stories: Making Density Work, Stateline Lessons, and Land Use Is: Your Plate

Our Oregon Stories e-newsletter for August features new perspectives on quite a few things. From the attributes of good density, to the byways of eastern Oregon, to a renewed awareness of the importance of Oregon agriculture to the economy and what we eat.

Walkable Workplace Profile: Standing Tall at Ashland's Standing Stone Brewing

Oregon's brewing industry is renowned. But Ashland's Standing Stone Brewing has received special attention, for its sustainable and local commitment in just about every aspect of its business. We paid a visit in May to find out why.

Walkable Workplace Profile: A Classic Home for Classic Foods

Jake Greenberg could have moved his Portland specialty food distribution company anywhere after it outgrew its longtime facilities. But where other companies might have chosen a tilt-up warehouse in a freeway office park, Greenberg recognized the hidden costs that held for his employees and the environment. Instead, he chose to renovate and relocate to a long-neglected icehouse in a walkable Portland neighborhood.

Share Your Oregon Story

Beyond the treats and good cheer, the holiday season is a time for telling stories. This holiday season, we're taking part. We want to hear your story about this special place called Oregon.

September Oregon Stories: Launching the New Face of Farming Initiative

Farming and ranching in Oregon is an ever-changing enterprise, and the past few years have seen major changes in the ways Oregonians grow, purchase, and eat food. More and more, our state's residents are interested in eating the delicious products that are grown, raised, and prepared by other Oregonians. Meanwhile, the state's farms and ranches are increasingly linked in new ways to global marketplaces.These are both exciting trends. But does our land use system provide all the support it should to help farmers and ranchers succeed in this changing marketplace?

Inspiration and Innovation: August Oregon Stories Celebrates Emerging Land Use Leaders

Without a doubt, Oregon raises and attracts some pretty inspiring people. At 1000 Friends, we celebrate these people every day: people who care about their communities and work to ensure that they are livable, economically vibrant, and environmentally aware. Sometimes, though, we like to take an extra moment to recognize their achievements and consider what we can learn from their example.

Where We Stand: July Oregon Stories Reviews the 2011 Legislature and the Future of Land Use Planning

It has been quite a year in Salem. The 2011 legislative session, with the first divided House in Oregon history, recently came to a close, capping several months of debate and struggle for the heart of Oregon's land use planning system. The close of this challenging session provides an opportunity to reassess the state of Oregon's land use planning system, and look toward how we can improve its effectiveness for the future. Our monthly Oregon Stories newsletter is dedicated to this question for July.

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