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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 5:00pm
RARE AmeriCorps Member Applications Due


RARE AmeriCorps Applications NOW AVAILABLE!

Are you interested in community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning? Does your organization have community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning projects that you do not have resources to complete?  If so, you should consider applying to the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program. 

Mapping the Economic Future of Dallas

As part of the Rural Economic Vitality Roadmap process, community members in Dallas, Oregon, have created action teams, including Community Marketing, Small Business, and Property Development, to hammer out 90-day action plans to build on recent community successes.   

Rural Klamath Connects brings towns together

TULELAKE — A pilot project funded by the Ford Family Foundation is helping connect five rural communities in the Klamath Basin, both in person and online. Rural Klamath Connects, a regional communication hub connecting Malin, Merrill, Bonanza, Dorris and Tulelake, is operated by Rural Klamath Connects Network, formerly Basin Revitalization Network. The website also includes a community calendar as a resource for events, news and community projects and directory.

Smart Energy: Energy Trust now serving Avista customers in Douglas County

As of the new year, Energy Trust of Oregon’s full range of energy-efficiency services and programs are available to help Avista residential and eligible business customers in Douglas County save natural gas and lower utility bills. Energy Trust now serves Oregon customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista.

Comment sought on sustainable theater use

Lake County Partnership launched a survey on Friday, Feb. 24 that seeks public input on the future use and operation of the Alger Theater. The goal of the analysis, according to Will Wright, is to make available to the LCP a multitude of approaches to review in order to derive a sustainable method of theater operation. The LCP is striving to receive 1,000 or more completed surveys from the community by the end of March.  “After we analyze the data,” Wright said. “We’ll be incorporating our findings into a business plan.”



2016-17 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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