University of Oregon

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 9:00am
RARE AmeriCorps Fall Training

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 8:00pm
Oregon Main Street Conference

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
2017 Fall Energy Symposium

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:30am
RARE Winter Training


Stayton acquires services of Oregon RARE participant

City of Stayton agreed to engage in a partnership with Friends of Old Town Stayton to acquire services from University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program.

Smart Energy: A year well done for RARE

In September 2016, I began my year-long RARE (resource assistance for rural environments) service term working with Douglas County Smart Energy. This group has a two-part mission:

Solar ‘pioneer’: Renewable energy project coming to HR public works

A group of renewable energy leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate a solar array slated for construction atop the Hood River Public Works building. Partners in the project highlighted the trailblazing aspect of bringing the solar development to town. “This is really a pioneering effort and we hope to see it replicated (elsewhere),” Dan Orzech, Oregon Clean Power Cooperative general manager, said.

SHEDCO receives grant to rehab and expand El Tapatio

St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO) was awarded $100,000 from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant for the rehabilitation and expansion of El Tapatio Restaurant on Columbia Boulevard.

Hermiston Addresses ‘Parallel Parking Phobia’

Do Hermiston drivers have a phobia when it comes to parallel parking? If they do, the Hermiston City Council stepped in Monday night to alleviate those fears. The council voted to convert parallel parking along a portion of Second Street between Main Street and Hurlburt Avenue to diagonal parking. The change will add two additional parking spots as well as a handicapped-accessible parking spot nearest to Main Street. It will also ease the “phobia” of parallel parking. The change will only affect the east side of Second Street. The west side will remain parallel parking.



2016-17 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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