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Playing a Role in Eugene's Economic Development

Leigh Anne Hogue Director of Economic Development, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Community Planning Workshop CPW Recently, we reached out to Leigh Anne Hogue to see what’s going on in this alumni’s professional life. Turns out there is a lot! Leigh Anne is the Director of Economic Development for the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce where she welcomes the challenges in her diverse position. Leigh Anne graduated in 2014 with a masters in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon.

Leigh Anne leads the Chamber’s economic development efforts include running a regional business retention and expansion program focused on helping local businesses stay and grow in the region; supports the business startup scene in the Willamette Valley through the Willamette Angel Conference; provides assistance with economic development activities in downtown Eugene; and is working to improve the business climate in Eugene through deep dives into specific industry sectors such as advanced manufacturing.

The Lone Park Planner

Steve Rafuse Community and Regional Planning Community Planning Workshop  Municipality of Anchorage AlaskaCurious as to where some of our CPW Alum have journeyed to, I decided to look up Steve Rafuse and see how his Alaskan life was going. Steve is a 2013 Community and Regional Planning graduate from the Planning, Public Policy, Management department at the University of Oregon. Having grown up in northern Virginia, Steve now works and plays in Anchorage, Alaska. He landed this opportunity right after graduation for the Municipality of Anchorage, who oversees an annual $5-$15 million budget in planning and capital improvements projects.  As the lone Park Planner, Steve works with public involvement and master planning for the department. 

Headed Home to Affordable Housing

Evelyn Perdomo University of Oregon Community Service CenterEvelyn Perdomo accepted a position as Project Assistant with Mercy Housing. Mercy Housing is one of the nation’s largest non profit affordable housing organizations. They participate in the development, preservation, management and/or financing of affordable, program-enriched housing across the country. Evelyn will be working with affordable housing developments in San Francisco and other cities in the Bay Area.

What is Your Cascadia Quake Story?

If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit Oregon’s coast today, would you be prepared? Would you know what type of impact this earthquake would have on the buildings in your community? Do you know how long your community would have to go without running water, electricity, or access to fuel? 

Thanks to the new Aftershock web app, you can now prepare yourself for this impending event.

Transitioning to Portland

Lokyee was recently selected as the Community Committees and Public Affairs Coordinator for the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) in Portland, Oregon. Lokyee will be graduating this June with a Masters in Community and Regional Planning, and Master of Science in Environmental Studies.

“I definitely feel very fortunate to secure a position so quickly after graduation, and I feel even more fortunate because this position is directly related to what I've been studying and thinking about throughout my graduate career,” said Lokyee.

New Role in a Familiar Place

On June 22, Drew Pfefferle will be stepping out of his role as graduate student and into a new role as Outreach Specialist for Commuteride, a ride share agency that aims to reduce single occupancy commuting in Boise, Idaho. Drew will be partnering with employers, governmental agencies, community groups, and transportation professionals throughout Ada County to reduce traffic congestion by promoting alternatives to driving alone.

The Network Effect

Huge congratulations to Eli Tome, who was recently selected as the Southeast Sovereign Lands Coordinator for the State of Utah! As the Sovereign Lands Coordinator in Southeast Utah, Eli will manage 300 river miles and 5,000 acres of land in four counties. 

Responsibilities include restoration projects and coordinating a diverse group of stakeholders in river management activities. Additionally, he will be mapping invasive species in remote desert terrain which may require backpacking and overnight field trips. In the summer months, Eli will oversee the permitting and leasing program for rafting and kayaking requiring him to be hand on’s along the banks of the Colorado and Green Rivers.

CSC Supports Resilience Across Oregon

Resilience. The ability to anticipate, absorb, recover from and adapt to challenges. More and more, the media and political figures are taking up the charge of resilience. The Oregon legislature is considering several bills this session to address resilience in the state.

From a community resilience standpoint, those challenges include economic struggles, environmental threats, and social concerns. The Community Service Center is bringing its resources, talents and energy to bear in projects across all four of its programs to support communities in their ability to address those challenges. Many of these projects increase the resilience of the community in multiple ways, while accomplishing other objectives at the same time.

Make a Difference in Oregon Communities - Apply for RARE Today

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 you answered yes to either of these questions. . . the RARE AmeriCorps Program might just be what you are looking for.

PPPM Students Win Second Place in National Water Policy Challenge

A team of Planning, Public Policy and Management students won the second place award in the 2015 Policy Solutions Challenge Western Regional Competition. The Challenge was hosted by the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, on February 23-26, 2015. The University of Oregon’s PPPM team addressing this year’s topic consisted of Eli Tome (MCRP), Kate Hammarback (MPA), Amanda D’Souza (MPA), and Alex Macfarlan (MPA). The chosen topic: “Ensuring An Adequate and Affordable Supply of Drinking Water.”