Governor Brown Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Memorial Day
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today ordered flags lowered to half-staff at all public institutions from sunrise to noon on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day. Flags should be raised to full-staff from noon to sunset.
“This Memorial Day, I hope all Oregonians join me in reflecting on the service our nation’s brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedoms,” Governor Kate Brown said. “As we remember our fallen service members and extend our appreciation to their families, let’s also commit ourselves to upholding the values of justice and equality reflected in the U.S. Constitution.”
Future Ready Oregon initiative brings focus to making homes more attainable for Oregonians
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced five housing pilot projects across the state as part of her Future Ready Oregon initiative. The Workforce Housing Initiative, led by the Governor’s Regional Solutions Cabinet, was designed to form partnerships between local communities, the business sector, and private developers to address the housing shortage for working families in Oregon. The Regional Solutions Cabinet includes the directors of six statewide agencies, including Oregon Housing and Community Services, one of the principal agencies involved in the pilot program.
“Our state has grown at a rapid pace over the past eight years, which brings more vibrancy to our communities and to our economy. But with growth comes growing pains, which we feel most acutely as working families try to find a home that is right for them. In all of our communities, even if someone is qualified for a job, they may not be able to live near it,” said Governor Brown. “These pilot projects will provide over 115 Oregon families with safe, stable homes near their work places and inform our plans for accelerating the growth of Oregon’s housing market to match that of the state’s economy.”
“This initiative illustrates the potential of public-private partnerships to address business retention and expansion challenges due to the lack of attainable housing,” said Oregon Housing and Community Services Director Margaret Salazar. “These pilots will help us learn how best to bring together businesses ready to expand, cities and counties ready to invest in infrastructure, developers ready to build homes, and, most critically, current and future employees ready to better their careers.”
The Governor’s Regional Solutions Cabinet selected the five pilots with a focus on employer engagement, as well as the potential for scaling up and replication across the state. There was high demand for financial and technical assistance across the 31 applications received.
- In Donald, the local agricultural equipment manufacturer GK Machine and the City of Donald have partnered to propose expanding the community. The first phase of the pilot will include upgrading the city’s wastewater and water treatment plants to support 95 new homes, with an eventual planned total of 465 new homes.
- In Pacific City, Nestucca Ridge Development, the locally-owned parent company of Pelican Brewing Company, will construct 12 homes on several acres they currently own. They will pre-lease six of those to their local employees, over half of whom currently commute from outside of Tillamook County.
- In Warm Springs, the Jefferson County School District currently owns 8 small homes built in the 1950s that surround the former elementary school. The pilot project will rehabilitate these existing properties and build one new home, making all of them available for local elementary and middle school teachers at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy.
- In Harney County, local officials will run a study to assess local workforce housing needs. The study will inventory existing housing, identify gaps, and create a strategic implementation and business plan to leverage investments, engage employers and create job opportunities.
- In Lincoln County, new income-qualified homebuyers will have opportunities to purchase a home through Proud Ground. Proud Ground uses a land trust model to combine a subsidy to lower the purchase price of homes on the open market with land lease and affordability covenants. Lincoln County, Newport, and Lincoln City will invest matching funds as well as partner with the local school district and other employers.
The pilot projects are still subject to successful negotiations and compliance with state and local processes. After compliance with the program requirements, the pilots will begin launching in the coming months.
Registration is now open for the July 30-Aug. 3 session of Peace
Village Newport, a summer day camp for students entering grades
1-6. The Peace curriculum offers students practical skills of
conflict resolution, media literacy, and ecology, as well as music,
art, and craft activities. A total of 45 students will be accepted for
the week’s 9 AM to 3:30 PM program and they will be divided into
three age groups, each with adult and teen leaders.
This five-day Summer Camp for Peacemakers began in Lincoln
City in 1996 and now operates programs in many states. The
Peace Village program involves teachers and students of many life
and faith backgrounds. It also offers students a comprehensive
view of the messages and practices of peace from many world
Adult and teen volunteers are needed as well. Those with
experience in working with elementary age students, and those
with skills in crafts, music, or movement are encouraged to join the
all-volunteer team at Peace Village.
Cost for the week-long program is $60 and includes program
materials, a Peace Village T-shirt, and daily snacks. Limited
scholarship assistance is available. To request an application, call
Kathy DeMeyer at 1-503-930-7479 or email her at