Regional Accelerator Innovation Network (RAIN)

The communities and universities in the South Willamette Valley, led by Corvallis and Eugene, with seed funding from the State of Oregon, banded together to create a vision and plan for a system that addresses the specific economic development needs of our region. This plan was called the Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network, or RAIN. … Read more

Innovation and Learning Center (Lake County)

Community leaders have been working together since 2008 as the Lake County Renewable Energy Working Group toward the creation of an instructional innovation and learning center that will improve individual lives and the greater community by offering education that is normally accessible elsewhere, as well as innovative educational programs unique to the region.  Lake County … Read more

Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative (HSUI), Curry County

The Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative (HUSI) program was conceived to upgrade or replace mobile homes and manufactured homes that have long outlived their designed life span.  The objective of the project was to identify and integrate sufficient resources, incentives and savings necessary for homeowners to replace rural substandard housing, specifically obsolete manufactured homes or  MMHATs … Read more

Agora Investment Platform– Connect. Invest. Thrive.

The Agora Investment Platform (f.k.a. IPED) was the world’s first collaborative investment technology platform matching community defined investment priorities with relevant public, private and philanthropic funding sources in order to promote economic vitality. The online platform allows communities and public, private and philanthropic funders from a variety of geographies to connect, source new opportunities, and … Read more

South Santiam Community Forest Corridor

New leadership within the Department of Agriculture, the US Forest Service, and the Willamette National Forest has brought with it new approaches to community engagement and collaboration.  Meg Mitchell was appointed as Superintendent  of the Willamette National Forest in August of 2009 and Cindy Glick was appointed as the Sweet Home District Ranger in March, … Read more

Beaverton Community Health Collaborative

The Beaverton Community Health Collaborative is a shared vision of the City of Beaverton, Community Action, Lifeworks NW, Pacific University, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Washington County Public Health. The groups had operated from separate facilities scattered throughout the Beaverton area that were overcrowded due to high demand. The partners frequently saw the same at-risk clients … Read more

Columbia River-Umatilla Solutions Taskforce

Drawing upon the work of the Umatilla Basin Commission and recent efforts in the State of Washington, this Oregon Solutions project was ask to conven partners to identify ways in which additional water withdrawals from the Columbia River can be done in a way to benefit both fish and farms, helping provide economic development opportunities in … Read more

Umatilla Forest Collaborative Group

Project Synopsis & Timeline In July of 2011, the US Forest Service sponsored a Listening Tour on the Umatilla National Forest with public, private and non-profit stakeholders.  A critical mass of those in attendance, elected to form a standing collaborative group to engage on vegetation management practices on the Umatilla National Forest.  Members asked questions of … Read more

Western Juniper Alliance

Project Information Promising new partnerships between government, civic leaders, non-profit organizations and businesses formed due to the growing alarm around the proliferation of Western Juniper throughout eastern Oregon.  There was general agreement that Juniper needed to be removed from both public and privately-owned lands to improve grazing land, discourage the spread of invasive weed growth, … Read more

WISE- Water for Irrigation, Streams and the Economy

The WISE project was a multi-faceted partnership between water users and stakeholders working proactively to improve water quality and quantity in the Little Butte Creek and Bear Creek watersheds for irrigation, aquatic habitat, and other uses in an economically and environmentally feasible manner. The WISE Project was located within Jackson County. The project area included … Read more