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UPDATE: Thank you for helping defeat SB 716!

SB 716 is dead! Thank you all for the persistent, fact-based, polite-but-firm messages you  sent to legislators and the Governor that SB 716 is a deeply flawed bill and should not go forward. Thank you to those who came to the hearing and testified, and made personal visits to your legislators. You are the reason SB 716 did not pass the Committee.

SB 716 was up for a work session today in the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee....

Karli Petrovic

When Franklin Jones founded B-Line, a sustainable bike delivery and advertising company, he drew on a wealth of experiences. From his background as a bike and pedestrian planner and then as a sixth-grade humanities teacher to his bike travels through Japan, Europe, and other places abroad, Jones was exposed to the fabric of many cities.

“It gave me hands on experience to see how different cities moved people and goods,...

If you've been following our work with the Rogue Valley Food System Network, you know we're committed to connecting people with fresh local produce. One of the ways this network accomplishes this goal is by connecting farmers, distributors, and other partners in order to minimize shipping costs and get food into the hands of people who need it. Now, a similar food system called ONEStop has emerged to serve people in Clackamas County. Here's a little bit about this initiative:
 
The Clackamas County Food System ONEStop is a virtual farmgate...
UPDATE: The Oregon House of Representatives Passes HB 2564 with 34-25 Vote
 
The bill that would remove the prohibition on cities and counties using inclusionary zoning, one tool used to help provide affordable housing, passed the full House on a 34-25 vote.  Now on to the Senate!  We hope we can count on you to let your Senator know you care about affordable housing and that you want your community to have the inclusionary zoning tool available in your area.
 
UPDATE: HB 2564 Moves...

In this month’s Leadership Spotlight, 1000 Friends caught up with Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of Elemental Technologies. As the leader of a top-notch tech firm in the Rose City, Blackman isn’t one to rest on his laurels. His passion for improving his community, city, and state is apparent in the initiatives he supports at Elemental. From volunteer hours to a Community Ambassador program, Blackman is a leader for positive change. In this Q&A, he talks about the ways Portland can embrace its Silicon Forest designation...

To save lives and money, we ask you to support HB 2633.

In January 2010, an earthquake in Haiti killed more than 230,000 people and initially displaced 1.5 million more. Fourteen months later, an earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan claimed 15,884 lives and cost approximately $300 billion. If you think these disasters are oceans away, consider the $70 million the Oregon Department of Forestry spent fighting major wildfires in the summer of 2013 and the 43 people killed in a mudslide along Highway 503 near Oso, WA, in 2014. In addition, the effects of a changing climate are making matters worse for other natural hazards. While the timing of...

The largest wholesaler of organic produce in the Pacific Northwest talks farmland protection, industry changes and the future of farming.

As the state’s second largest industry, agriculture is an important part of life in Oregon. Up until recently, however, organic farming wasn’t a large part of the conversation. This is changing. Organically Grown Company, the largest organic produce wholesaler in the Pacific Northwest, is proof of the transformation. Started in 1978 as a nonprofit, OGC mostly supported small-scale organic farms. It transitioned to a for-profit company in 1982, with its first dock opening a year later. This catapulted the company from an agricultural marketing cooperative to a full-service...

Karli Petrovic

There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of Transportation study are attention-grabbing: The possibility of spending 69 hours per year in traffic and congestion by 2040 is enough to persuade even the most ardent public transit advocate to support the construction of massive superhighways. After all, who wouldn’t want an additional $928 million in annual economic output and sales or 8,300 new jobs as a result of an improved system? These statistics were reported in the Portland Tribune’s Jan. 6 article,...