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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 9:30am
Oregon Small Farms Conference


New RARE member joins GBA staff

BANDON -- Dana Nichols is the newest addition to the Greater Bandon Association staff, serving as a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) AmeriCorps member. Nichols will take on the role of Program Manager during her time with GBA, working to coordinate all of the exciting events and activities planned for this year. In addition, she will also spend part of her time working in the Planning Department at the City of Bandon.  

New face on Main Street

Jeremiah Paulsen is a relative newcomer to The Dalles – he has lived here for about two years — but his presence could end up having a pretty big impact on the downtown area. Paulsen is project coordinator for The Dalles Main Street, a nonprofit organization geared toward boosting the economic vitality of downtown, and one of Paulsen’s primary objectives is to come up with ways to increase foot traffic to the city’s business district.

Smart Energy: Symposium sheds light on renewable energy in Douglas County

Smart Energy means savings through energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy. Here in Douglas County, we have the opportunity to embrace both. Energy efficiency means energy savings and money in your pocket, keeping dollars at home and creating jobs for our friends and neighbors. And now, there are opportunities to learn more about energy efficiency, like heating and air conditioning, insulation and weatherization to seal air leaks, as well as home-grown energy production. Local, experienced contractors are available to provide affordable smart energy resources and services.

Astoria Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan is now an Award Winning Master Plan

ASTORIA, OR, September 27 - The Astoria Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan has received two exciting Awards for excellent planning and extraordinary community participation. Parks Director, Angela Cosby and former AmeriCorps RARE Volunteer and Park Planner, Ian Sisson, will be presented with the awards this fall. The first-ever parks and recreation plan for the City of Astoria was completed over the course of eleven months through the University of Oregon's Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program, and was adopted on July 18, 2016.

Home News Local News Pendleton Downtown Association gets new Main Street digs

The Pendleton Downtown Association now has downtown home. A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping businesses in Pendleton’s downtown area, the association now has a physical presence on the corner of Main Street and Emigrant Avenue, where Sister’s Cafe used to be located. The association also has person to staff the office and hold regular hours, a new development for an organization that had previously been all-volunteer.



2016-17 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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