Archive | November, 2013

Anti-poverty initiative gets under way

ONTARIO — The Malheur County Prosperity Impact Pilot Project was launched Thursday during a meeting at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, with a focus on supporting the creation of a career technical education program for local high school students.

The event drew business, education and non-profit representatives as well as county and state agency representatives…

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Anti-poverty initiative gets under way. The Argus Observer. November 22, 2013.

Governor brings in reinforcements to help shore up Columbia River levee

The tiny Multnomah County Drainage District is going to get some help figuring out how to strengthen the Portland area’s levee system, which keeps the area south of the Columbia River from being deluged by the river.

The 14-employee drainage district faces a federal mandate to recertify the levee system’s safety, under rules that got much stricter after Hurricane Katrina. Among other challenges, the federal government views Marine Drive — built atop the levee — as an encroachment that could compromise levee safety, along with hundreds of buildings, trees, utility poles and other things allowed on the levee over the years…

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Governor brings in reinforcements to help shore up Columbia River levee. Portland Tribune. October 29, 2013.

Career technical education plans advance

Treasure Valley Community College’s board of education voted unanimously Tuesday to sign a declaration of cooperation regarding plans for a new career technical education center. The agreement shows commitment from the college to continue moving forward with the project, which was recently chosen by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber as part of an Oregon Solutions Project.

“What the governor is looking for is to see if we as an institution and as a county are committed together to pursuing this,” said TVCC president Dana Young. “What this document does is it says we are in for the discussion and are continuing to look at this project and the processes it will take.”…

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Career technical education plans advance. The Argus Observer. November 20, 2013.

Poverty to Prosperity advances

ONTARIO — Local residents, businesses and organizations will be asked to put their commitment to the Poverty to Prosperity initiative on the dotted line during a meeting on Nov. 21.

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes, who is leading the Oregon Prosperity Initiative, is scheduled to attend the meeting, which will be at 1:30 p.m. in the board room in the Treasure Valley Community College Science Center…

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Poverty to Prosperity advances. The Argus Observer. November 6, 2013.