TRU+ Universities Financial Sustainability Project

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Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and Western Oregon University are facing financial pressure due to changing demographic and economic variables. There are fewer 18-24 year olds in Oregon. These universities, collectively known as the technical and regional universities, plus Portland State University (or the TRU+ universities); their … Read more

Redeeming Scholars

The concept for the Redeeming Scholars project came to Oregon Solutions from individuals with an incarceration background and individuals with a post-education background. Formerly incarcerated Randy Shaw and Gunner Johnson started and are lead members of the project. They, and other stakeholders, are interested in creating a campus-based, peer mentoring program to help formerly incarcerated … Read more

Statewide Transportation Strategy

In 2019, Oregon Solutions was approached by the leadership from four state agencies to help them “create alignment between activities and messages to effectively and efficiently administer and implement work efforts that further the state of Oregon’s climate initiatives.” In their original request, the agency directors noted that “greenhouse gases (GHG) from the transportation sector … Read more

Oregon Wine Industry Collaborative

In early 2020, in the wake of a contentious legislative session, and after being contacted by association representatives of the wine industry as well as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission looking for tools and approaches to resolve industry-wide tensions and explore different governing approaches for industry groups, Oregon Solutions conducted an assessment with individuals representing … Read more

Mt Hood Rest Area Redevelopment

The public rest area at Government Camp, Oregon, is old and in poor condition, causes traffic challenges, and is in such high demand that it taxes the capacity of the adjoining Summit Ski Area parking lot, especially for truck traffic. Stakeholders are concerned that the increasing vehicle pass-through and visiting traffic to the mountain are … Read more

STEM Hubs Technical Assistance

Oregon Community Foundation seeks to ignite partnerships between business and education to advance opportunities for rural, low-income, students of color and girls in CTE-STEM (continuing technical education–science, technology, engineering, and math). Oregon Community Foundation asked Oregon Solutions to provide technical assistance to STEM Hubs across the state in an effort to leverage and multiply match-grant … Read more

Oregon Electric Vehicle Collaborative

As part of critical efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Oregon has committed to achieving 50,000 registered electric vehicles in Oregon by 2020 (per executive order 17-21), and to strive for all passenger vehicle sales to be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) as fast as possible and no later than 2050, as specified in the ZEV … Read more

Urban-Rural Ambassadors Summer Institute

Portland State University and Eastern Oregon University are leading an effort, along with their community partners, to provide an Urban-Rural Ambassador Insitute, a two-week, six-credit residential summer institute each year for undergraduate students to explore urban and rural connections in Oregon, and to develop the collaborative skills to work across Oregon’s urban-rural divide. For more … Read more

Poverty Reduction Task Force

An Oregon Solutions team of PSU students and volunteers led by National Policy Consensus Center Senior Fellow Beverly Stein provided facilitation and consulting services during the early phases of the Oregon Business Council’s Poverty Reduction Task Force in cooperation with ECO Northwest. The task force developed an integrated framework to address poverty that included the … Read more