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.

Survey: Oregonians Prioritize Investment in Infrastructure, Farm/Forest Protection, and Water Quality

Oregonians are sending state leaders clear priorities to drive the economic recovery:  invest in good long term bets, like world-class infrastructure, a reliable resource economy, and healthy rivers and aquifers.

Land Use Leadership Initiative and Board of Directors Tour French Prairie

Victoria Demchak, 1000 Friends Volunteer
Fri, 10/05/2012 (All day)

On Saturday, September 22, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants joined the 1000 Friends Board of Directors to witness the productivity and pressures affecting some of Oregon’s most productive farmland, in the French Prairie region just south of the Portland metro region.

Oregon Cities Making Progress Toward "Complete Communities", Report Finds

Once again Oregon communities are receiving high praise from a national source. This time it’s a new report from Reconnecting America, examining American communities’ progress toward creating “complete communities.”

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.

Sightline Report: Northwest Gas Consumption Hits Historic Lows

A new report finds Northwesterners are using gasoline at rates not seen since the 1960s, as per-capita vehicle travel plateaued in the 1990s, vehicle efficiency has improved, and younger residents are less interested in driving especially.

Boundaries and Connections: Land Use Leadership Initiative Tours the UGB

Among the most well-known of Oregon’s land use planning tools, urban growth boundaries help ensure efficient growth while protecing the productivity of working farms and forests. But how effectively are they working in Oregon today? Last Friday, August 17, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants went right to the edge to find out.

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.

The Livability List: Social Media Highlights, July 31 - August 15

It's sometimes hard to keep up with all the news in land use and livability. On Twitter and Facebook, 1000 Friends strives to keep you informed about what matters. But don't worry if you miss something along the way--our Livability List recaps some of our recent social media highlights.

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.

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