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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

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From seed to fork in our county - Guest Column: Lauren Johnson

Americorps volunteer aims to give Wallowa County's community food system an extensive tune-up. I recently moved to Wallowa County as a RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) Americorps volunteer. When people ask me what I’m doing here, I usually say something along the lines of “food systems stuff” or “community food work.”

Seaside vision touches on family, history and businesses

Seaside City Council adopted a vision statement for the next 20 years that it believes reflects the community’s objectives and ideals, which were gleaned from months of meetings, workshops and surveys. During its meeting Monday night, the council heard a presentation from the project leaders, Seaside Tourism Director Jon Rahl, Seaside Library Director Esther Moberg and Seaside’s AmeriCorps intern Jeremy Goldsmith. The council then unanimously approved a final vision statement that was crafted at a three-hour work session that took place at the end of September.

Marks takes over as Main Street coordinator

Downtown Sandy has a new face at the forefront of Sandy Main Street. Jennifer Marks, a Portland resident and graduate of the University of Oregon, has taken over as Sandy Main Street coordinator. Marks was placed in the year-long position through AmeriCorps' Resource Assistants for Rural Environments program. Just over two weeks into her time in Sandy, Marks is enjoying the small city. “I think the city has a lot of potential,” she said. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Marks decided to stay in Oregon after earning her degree in environmental studies in Eugene.

New city staffer will take on development

The city of Reedsport has a new employee, courtesy of Resource Assistance for Rural Environments, an AmeriCorps program. Emesha Jackson has spent the past two years in Costa Rica. “I just finished up in the Peace Corps a few weeks ago,” she told a Main Street meeting Sept. 9. “I was born and raised in New Jersey.”  She and her husband, Jameson, returned to New Jersey to pack and drive across the country to the Oregon coast. “I’m really excited to be here and working with you,” she said.  “I’m brand new to Oregon and Reedsport.”

New incentive for new business on St. Helens 'Main Street'

The St. Helens Economic Development Corp. and a group of sponsors are hoping to revitalize the commercial heart of St. Helens with a competition offering $25,000 to whomever presents the best plan to open a new business there.


2014-15 RARE AmeriCorps Placements

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