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Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property

Bureau Plans to Develop 25-Acre Site for Off-Road Biking

(Portland, OR) –

An island of unused land at the confluence of two freeways takes another step towards becoming a new city park in east Portland, and a regional off-road biking destination.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has acquired the 25-acre Gateway Green property, with plans, in concert with Friends of Gateway Green, to build an off-road biking facility on the land. Portland City Council unanimously today authorized the land transfer from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) using funds from System Development Charges (SDCs), not tax dollars…

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Portland Parks & Recreation Acquires Gateway Green Property. The City of Portland. August 27th, 2014.

Eight companies start in business accelerator

Eight companies were in the inaugural class of the Eugene RAIN business accelerator that launched Monday.

The accelerator is an intensive 12-week mentorship and business development program.

The program is part of a broader state-backed economic development initiative called RAIN, which stands for Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network…

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Eight companies start in business accelerator. The Register-Guard. July 15, 2014.

New SE Portland education center, housing development for Native American foster care children moves forward

A program to provide stable housing and a positive learning environment for Native American children in foster care reached a turning point this week.

City, state and county officials – plus others, including an architecture firm, the Native American Youth and Family Center and the Lents neighborhood – signed a “Declaration of Cooperation” Monday during a celebration at the former Foster Elementary School…

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New SE Portland education center, housing development for Native American foster care children moves forward. The Oregonian. July 8, 2014.

Portland Funds Study Of Columbia River Levee Repairs

Portland city council members authorized  $1.4 million in bonds to pay for a study of the levees along the south bank of the Columbia River on Wednesday. The study will focus on an 11-mile stretch of levees that protects industrial land and neighborhoods in North Portland…

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Portland Funds Study Of Columbia River Levee Repairs. OPB. May 28, 2014.

Startup ‘evangelist’ tapped to lead RAIN

Last fall, Joe Maruschak was among the skeptics concerning RAIN, the state-backed Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network that wants to help create startups and jobs in the southern Willamette Valley.

Back then, he and others at the Fertilab Thinkubator business incubator he co-founded in Eugene “were shadow boxing a ghost,” he said. They wondered, “What is RAIN doing? An incubator? An accelerator?”

They just knew RAIN was making it hard to raise funds for Fertilab because potential donors inevitably would ask, “What about RAIN?”…

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Startup ‘evangelist’ tapped to lead RAIN. The Register Guard. May 6, 2014.

RAIN board gets expertise from all corners of business

The 10-member board overseeing RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, in the south Willamette Valley pulls expertise from private industry, as well as from local government and universities. The majority of votes on the board will be held by the people with business experience.

The so-called “ex-officio” directors, chosen because of their positions, include Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning; Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy; Rick Spinrad, Oregon State University vice president of research; and Kimberly Andrews Espy, University of Oregon vice president of research and innovation….

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RAIN board gets expertise from all corners of business. The Register Guard. May 6, 2014.

Help for businesses takes new approach

RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network that aims to help businesses start, grow and create jobs in the southern Willamette Valley, is gaining traction and hopes soon to start tapping the $3.75 million the Oregon Legislature approved for the project nearly a year ago.

Its executives and board are in place. It has filed the paperwork to be a nonprofit organization. Sixteen companies are in the hybrid incubator/accelerator in Corvallis, and Eugene hopes to launch its accelerator by June.

“We’re up and going,” said Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. Piercy, along with Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and research officials at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have been working on the RAIN proposal for the past two years as part of a Regional Solutions team appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber…

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Help for businesses takes new approach. THe Register Guard. May 6, 2014.

When The Levee Breaks…Us

Water is Portland’s secret problem.

Not the Bull Run Reservoir water that runs out of your tap nor the contentious May ballot measure that will determine who controls it.

No, the next big whack to taxpayers will, in fact, come in the fight against floodwaters, the kind that have inundated the city every few decades and will do so again.

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When The Levee Breaks…Us Upgrading Portland’s levees could cost $100 million—money no one seems to have.. Willamette Week. April 2, 2014.

Oregon’s juniper team nabs big victory

Oregon’s juniper advocates chalked up a sizable win that validates efforts to cultivate hardwoods from the invasive Eastern Oregon plants.

The Oregon State Weed Board has crafted a policy backing “efforts to thin juniper to levels that are historically more in balance with protecting and restoring watershed function.”…

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http://sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2014/03/oregons-juniper-team-nabs-big.html. Sustainable Business Oregon. March 11, 2014.

Signing marks new stage for community forest

Representatives of a wide range of local, state and federal government agencies, private organizations and local businesses and residents gathered at the Jim Riggs Community Center Monday, March 10, to send the South Santiam Community Forest project forward to its next chapter.

They signed a declaration of cooperation on the project, which essentially states the goals of the project and the role each intends to play in achieving those goals… (see attached PDF for full article)

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Signing marks new stage for community forest . The New Era- Sweet Home news. March 12, 2014.