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KATU News Features Levee Ready Columbia Partnership

KATU News Crews came out to see the MCDD and Levee Ready Columbia teams recent response in action yesterday. MCDD staff has been working around the clock to ensure the levees stay in good condition through the sustained high-water levels.Their work is essential in helping to reduce flood risks throughout the region. Thanks and congratulations to MCDD and LRC Staff for all their hard work around Enhanced Operations and helping raise public awareness about the need to maintain levee accreditation. Watch and share the story from KATU News:

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Brown Visits EOU

LA GRANDE — Oregon Governor Kate Brown visited Eastern Oregon University Saturday morning to sign the bill allocating $9 million toward building a field house on campus.

The field house will be the first new campus building in 30 years that is fully funded by the state, according to a press release from EOU.

“When I came to EOU a few years ago, the field house was part of our master plan, but it was just a small project (that) was only focused on athletics and was ultimately about bringing wrestling back to EOU,” said Tom Insko, EOU president. “As we looked at (the field house plans) we felt we had the opportunity to do something significantly more.”….

…Brown also introduced the Oregon Solutions project with EOU and Portland State University. Oregon Solutions brings businesses, government and nonprofits to the table to agree on what role each can play to address a community need.

“Educators, local leaders, legislators and businesses are all at the table working on a strategy focused on people, place and prosperity,” Brown said. “That’s why we’re focused on launching ‘Future Ready Oregon,’ a new initiative to make sure our students and our adults have hands-on learning opportunities to prepare them for the jobs our growing businesses need at every single corner of the state. To help make this vision a reality in La Grande and throughout the region, I am very happy to announce the launch of the Urban Rural Ambassadors program. This is a new partnership with EOU and with PSU and Oregon Solutions. It will challenge students, whether from Pendleton or Portland to provide creative solutions to meet the needs of our diverse communities and support our local thriving economies.”

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Brown Visits EOU. The Observer. April 30, 2018.

Oregon Lawmakers Seek Flood Study for Portland

Washington, D.C. – Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici and Kurt Schrader today strongly urged federal officials to support a flood protection feasibility study for Portland.

The Oregon lawmakers said their request comes as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about the prospects for a Portland flood.

“The Corps has recognized a substantial increase in the system’s risk profile and potential consequences from a major flood event making further investigation of the existing system an urgent need,” they wrote Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Assistant Army Secretary R.D. James.

The lawmakers asked that the Portland Metropolitan Flood Protection Project General Investigations Feasibility Study be included in the Army Corps’ work plan for the 2018 fiscal year. The letter notes that the area now protected by the Corps-designed and built 27-mile levee system was the site in 1948 of a catastrophic levee breach that killed 15 people and permanently displaced the entire Vanport community.

View the letter (PDF) here.

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Oregon Lawmakers Seek Flood Study for Portland: Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, DeFazio, Bonamici, Schrader Cite Army Corps Concerns Covering Former Vanport Area. Senator Ron Wyden Press Release. April 30, 2018.

Karmen Fore Hired as Director of Oregon Solutions at Portland State University

Karmen Fore Hired as Director of Oregon Solutions at Portland State University

Karmen Fore Hired as Director of Oregon Solutions at Portland State University

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The National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University is thrilled to announce that Karmen Fore will be joining the center as Director of the Oregon Solutions program. Ms. Fore has had an influential career in public service, most recently as Senior Director for Federal Affairs and Transportation for Governor Brown, where she focused on leading the governor’s efforts to develop sustainable, multimodal transportation systems that move Oregon’s people and cargo more efficiently. She has been instrumental in managing major transportation policy advancements, including the passage of the 2017 transportation package. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for US Representative DeFazio and as a professional staff member for the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Before that she served as District Director for Congressman DeFazio. Ms. Fore has a master’s in public affairs and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Oregon.


Ms. Fore’s deep experience and broad community connections will be great assets for Oregon Solutions, which works across the state to help communities harness resources to implement sustainable solutions that address local and regional problems and opportunities. Ms. Fore will join Oregon Solutions beginning March 19 and will be located at the Urban Center at Portland State University.

Governor’s Directive Boosts County Project

Governor Kate Brown has awarded Oregon Solutions project status to a local collaborative that seeks to build a career and technical education center in south Douglas County.

A release from the Douglas Education Service District says project boosters are hoping the center will be operational by September of this year.

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Governor's Directive Boosts County Project. KQEN News Radio 1240. January 18, 2018.

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:


“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

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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.