The Land Use Leadership Initiative

Connecting people. Building communities. 

Oregon is known for pioneering a state vision for land use planning that emphasizes farmland preservation and fighting sprawl. Many of the leaders who have spearheaded these efforts have come through 1000 Friends as staff, board members or supporters, and they have much to teach our state’s emerging leaders.

1000 Friends launched the Land Use Leadership Initiative in 2012 to connect these established leaders with the next generation of innovators and advocates for healthy communities and working landscapes. The Land Use Leadership Initiative creates a forum for informative conversations, problem-solving, and action around transportation and land use policy challenges and opportunities.  

The 2013 Land Use Leadership Initiative

The 2013 Land Use Leadership Initiative program focused on 1000 Friends’ Cool Communities urban policy work, and participants will consider connections between land use, transportation, and community inclusion. In a variety of tours and events, participants discussed how areas for redevelopment and new development are prioritized in Oregon’s urban areas, strategies to promote good infill projects, and how to ensure that transportation options provide access to jobs and housing. To learn more about what they did, read the LULI blog at Meet the participants in our 2013 program at

The 2014 Land Use Leadership Initiative

We are still developing the topics and application process for the 2014 program. Applications will begin in July 2014.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Sam Diaz at or 503-497-1000 x123.