Congratulations to the 2017 LULIs!

Andrew Riley
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:55am
The entire team at 1000 Friends of Oregon is excited to congratulate our 2016-17 Land Use Leadership Initiative cohort on their graduation from the program last Thursday, June 22nd!
Since 2012, 1000 Friends' Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) has equipped advocates and activists with the tools they need to engage on issues in their communities. Our 17 new graduates have spent the last 10 months learning the ins and outs of Metro's Southwest Corridor Project, a proposed extension of Portland’s MAX light rail system from downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village in Tualatin. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Metro, we’ve explored what goes into planning a major public transit project, and how public agencies have engaged community members around the Southwest Corridor, all with an eye toward ensuring that the benefits of this major investment project are available to all communities.
And don't just take it from us - one of our new alumni, Sharon, says: "As a land use planner who is new to the Portland Metro area, the LULI program was an invaluable way for me to learn the key organizational players and individuals who are working on these issues. I got a thorough introduction to Oregon land use law, gained a deeper understanding of the work that Metro does, had an opportunity to hear directly from mayors, department heads, and staff in several cities that are working on the SW Corridor, and learned more about 1000 Friends of Oregon’s advocacy and policy work. There is no other way I could have developed this new network and gained insights and understanding into such a wide array of issues at this depth."
Congratulations, new LULI graduates - we're excited to welcome you into our LULI alumni network!