Willamette Falls Locks Authority

House Bill 2564 (2021) established the Willamette Falls Locks Authority–a public corporation with the mission to establish ownership, oversight, and management of the Willamette Falls Locks project, for the purposes of enhancing the economic vitality of Oregon through facilitating the resiliency and navigability of the Willamette River and repairing, maintaining, upgrading and operating the Willamette … 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

McKenzie Rebuilds – The Blue River Work Group and the Community Input Work Group

This project will help McKenzie River Valley communities prepare to rebuild in the wake of the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. While there was a tremendous response from first responders and county residents after the onset of fire, the county says the fire’s aftermath has exacerbated several chronic issues in the area, including inadequate communication networks, … 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

Southern Oregon Medical Workforce Center

Oregonians for Rural Health (a coalition of community leaders, health care providers, economic development groups, educators and others), based in Douglas County and founded in January 2016, aims to support the siting and construction of a new medical school in Roseburg, Oregon. The goal is to promote the health and vitality of rural communities and … Read more

Clatsop Plains Elk Collaborative

Following a progressive increase in elk population and habitation patterns in the northeast portion of Clatsop County, the local jurisdictions requested that Oregon Solutions conduct a collaborative process to identify possible solutions to reduce the hazards to people, pets, and property. The growing number of elk pose documented safety risks in residential areas and on … Read more

Oregon Coast Trail

The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) was envisioned by Oregon geographer Dr. Sam Dicken in the 1950s. Today a walking route runs the entire 362-mile length of the Oregon coast, from the Columbia River to the California border, including public and private lands along the way. The OCT traverses sandy beaches, forested trails, stunning headlands, seven … 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