University of Oregon

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:00am
2014 Food Security Summit

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 8:00pm
Make a Difference Day

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 8:00am
RARE Winter Training

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 8:00am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


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.

Business community focuses on Main Street

Dozens of business owners and community members came to Reedsport City Hall on Aug. 9 to help develop a plan for improving the downtown area. It was part of the Main Street Program, instituted by the Oregon Historic Preservation Office. The coordinator is Sheri Stuart, who attended the meeting and help facilitate the discussion on what needs to be done. Attendees were split up in four groups, two representing the downtown area, one representing “midtown,” and a fourth representing “uptown,” or the area above the Scholfield River bridge.

A City Within a Park

Attention is once again focused on the proposed Necanicum Estuary Natural History Park, and Mill Ponds Park will be the first site included in the project.   The Estuary Technical Committee, created last spring, held an open house at the Mill Ponds Park recently to ask people how they would want to see a natural history park develop there. “We want to make sure people understand the legacy this site has,” Justin Cutler, a member of the committee, told the approximately 20 people who attended the open house.


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