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John Day receives $2.25 million in state broadband, dispatch funding

State legislators approved $2.25 million in funding for John Day earlier this month.

John Day City Manager Nick Green said $1.82 million will go toward fiber optic broadband service, and $420,000 will go to help fund the local dispatch center.

The broadband funding, requested by Sen. Ted Ferrioli, will allow for nearly 70 percent of county residents to access high-speed internet, Green said.

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John Day receives $2.25 million in state broadband, dispatch funding. Blue Mountain Eagle. July 25, 2017.

Project will turn abandoned railroad into trail that connects coast to Portland suburbs

BANKS, OR (KPTV) – An abandoned railroad could soon become a hiking trail that connects the coast to the suburbs of Portland. The Salmonberry Trail doesn’t exist yet, but it just got one step closer to becoming a reality.

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Project will turn abandoned railroad into trail that connects coast to Portland suburbs. KPTV Fox 12. July 18, 2017.

City Launches Initiative to Prevent Displacement of East Portland Homeowners

‘Flood Insurance Savings Program’ Will Help Reduce Cost, Risk in Johnson Creek Floodplain

 

Portland, OR –  The City of Portland today launches a new program to mitigate and prevent displacement among East Portland homeowners at risk for flooding and rising insurance premiums.

As many as 800 households in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods could face   substantial financial and environmental risk from the Johnson Creek floodplain, according to the latest estimates. As mandatory flood insurance premiums continue to rise each year (up to 18%), some area homeowners face the prospect of economic displacement. Even with flood insurance, flood damaged homes can be difficult to repair. At the same time, property values decrease, impacting investment in the area, and leaving low- and moderate-income homeowners vulnerable to predatory real estate practices.

Beginning in June, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will pilot a new Flood Insurance Savings Program to help a limited number of low- to moderate-income homeowners in Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert reduce their flood hazard insurance premiums, identify opportunities to make home improvements, and increase their resiliency to flood risks.

This program comes as the result of efforts underway in the Governor-designated “Lents Stabilization and Job Creation Collaborative” Oregon Solutions project, and leverages a unique partnership between the City of Portland and the local non-profit, Enhabit. Through elevation surveys and in-home assessments, Enhabit will determine the unique flood risks facing each home as well as the necessary improvements to improve its resiliency against flooding.

Interested participants can learn more about how to protect their property from flood hazards and save money on flood insurance this Saturday, June 3, at a community event ‘Life in the Floodplain.’ The event is hosted by the Portland Housing Bureau, together with faculty and students from Portland State University and the Oregon Solutions. Area residents will have an opportunity to share how they are being impacted, and ask questions of City staff, as well as State Representative Jeff Reardon and Planning and Sustainability Commissioner, Michelle Rudd.

Applications for the pilot Flood Insurance Savings Program will be available beginning June 3, and the deadline to submit an application is July 5, 2017. Interested participants can apply here: www.enhabit.org/flood

 

“Life in the Floodplain”
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Earl Boyles Elementary School
10822 SE Bush Street

For more information, contact: Jacob Sherman
Jacob.Sherman@portlandoregon.gov
503.823.2373

Or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/floodplain



Klamath IDEA Center For Entrepreneurship Opens With Ribbon Cutting

Klamath Falls, Ore. – With a snip of the giant scissors across the giant red ribbon, the  Klamath IDEA Center for Entrepreneurship was officially opened!  Many of the leaders in the community were there including members of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, Klamath County Commissioners, representatives from OSU KBREC, KCEDA, KCC just to name a few…

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Klamath IDEA Center For Entrepreneurship Opens With Ribbon Cutting. My Basin. April 11, 2017.

Committee turns to state for help on groundwater nitrates

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Committee turns to state for help on groundwater nitrates. East Oregonian. January 24th, 2017.

Entrepreneurship, healthcare tops Gov. Brown’s visit

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Entrepreneurship, healthcare tops Gov. Brown's visit. Hearald and News. January 25th, 2017.

Community organizations join forces to reduce hunger in the Gorge

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Community organizations join forces to reduce hunger in the Gorge. Hood River News. Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.

Group addresses hunger – Gorge Food Security Coalition

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Group addresses hunger. The Dalles Chronicle. December 1, 2016.

West Linn advocate overflows with love for the locks

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West Linn advocate overflows with love for the locks. Portland Tribune. Monday, December 12th, 2016.

Southern Flow Corridor wetland restoration project cuts the ribbon

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Southern Flow Corridor wetland restoration project cuts the ribbon. Tillamook Headlight Herald . December 8, 2016.