Monthly Buzz: Central Oregon Update
Wednesday, June 11, 8:30-9:30am
The Environmental Center
16 NW Kansas, Bend
Join our Central Oregon staff for our monthly check-in on land use happenings and advocacy opportunities in the Central Oregon region. This monthly conversation is growing every time we hold it! Learn more here.
Jackson County Regional Plan Hearings
Throughout July and August
Bear Creek Valley cities
The Jackson County Regional Problem Solving plan (aka RPS) is nearing the finish line. After changes to the plan were requested by LCDC this Spring, the county has adopted revisions. Now each participating city must do the same. This is the last opportunity to comment before the plan returns to the state for consideration. Find out the schedule in your community--click here.
Save the Date: Willamette Valley Wine Party at Lemelson Vineyards
Saturday, August 18, Time TBA
Lemelson Vineyards, Carlton, OR
We're thrilled to partner with Lemelson Vineyards for a unique celebration of Oregon's wine economy this August. Many more details to come. Stay tuned!
Save the Date: Bend at its Best!Sunday, September 16, Time TBA
Bend, Location TBA
We're throwing a party in September to celebrate all of the things that make Bend a great place to live, work, and play. Get ready for a day of bike rides, local food and beer, and music. We'll share more details soon, but we are looking for volunteers to help make this party a success! If you're interested, contact Ben Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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President Obama is expected to sign a long-overdue federal transportation bill today. Unfortunately, the bill falls far short of where we need to be going, expressing a 20th-century mentality rather than a forward-looking vision. Our thoughts here.
What does it take to be a highly successful urban area in the tech economy? According to Richard Florida, it's the "3 Ts": Technology (duh!), Talent, and Tolerance. And in his list of top US tech metros, two Oregon cities perform well: Portland metro at #4, and Corvallis at #14. When we make great places to live, talent comes and success follows.
After a visit from Dr. Dick Jackson last week, Roseburg's local paper has some strong words about how to make the city healthier. Great editorial. Read it here.
After a fantastic talk at City Club, we enjoyed the afternoon discussing affordable housing with our Land Use Leadership Initiative at two fantastic, affordable communities in the Pearl District: The Ramona Apartments, and REACH CDC's Station Place Tower, with its gorgeous rooftop garden. A great way to end the week!
More and more Americans don't want to live in places like this. Those that do have plenty of options to choose from. But a New York Times columnist argues that many communities haven't yet realized that the American Dream is changing. Has yours?
CEO of major mall developer on future of #retail: "Opportunities in the suburbs, but I really think downtown is it." ow.ly/bZyLt
#Cities grew faster than their suburbs last year, says @todayshow. The last time that happened? A century ago: ow.ly/bV2lA
#LandUseIs: walkable neighborhoods with higher property values across housing types, as a UW study finds. http://ow.ly/c4lmp
Our Land Use Leadership Initiative is talking #affordablehousing with Ed McNamara of the lovely Ramona apts in NW PDX. pic.twitter.com/niju92bb
An Eastern #Oregon town needs help. Can you help #HalfwayOR save its rodeo and county fair? ow.ly/bJOoP
Interesting piece on #SalemOR's Gaiety Hill neighborhood, a #walkable place where neighbors build strong bonds. ow.ly/bGpDg
An #infographic says it all: Vast majority of Americans support planning to help their communities in new poll. ow.ly/bBK89
#BigBox stores in decline, as real estate analysts report concern about their long term future, reports @WSJ: ow.ly/bAFJO
#Oregon's #ag economy creates value well off the farm. Newhouse Mfg #inRedmond has built farm equipment for 55 yrs. http://ow.ly/c4lwD (pdf)
Our friends @RethinkPlaces just brought a clear message to #LakeOswego leaders: #walkability = thriving downtown. ow.ly/bvaRH
Congrats to #BoringOR on its new Dull partnership! "A pair for the ages," so they say. ow.ly/bqIqi #Oregon #sortofexcitingactually