September 10, 2014
by Julia Havens

Come Run or Walk with Us for a Tsunami Preparedness 5K Fun Run!

Race the Wave: Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Run/Walk
Know the Plan. Take the Route. Race the Wave.

race the wave logo OPDR Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience

You are invited to beautiful Cannon Beach, OR. Sept 28 to participate in RACE THE WAVE, or at least tell a friend!

Sunday, September 28, 2014
9:30 a.m. on the beach at Tolovana Wayside, Cannon Beach
$25 race registration & T-Shirt
(price increases to $30 on August 29)

You can find the event on Runners or through the Cannon Beach Preschool & Children’s Center (a key partner).

Spread the word!

Race the Wave flyer
Race the Wave Map

September 8, 2014
by Julia Havens

Travel Oregon Breaking News

Travel Oregon Awards $120,000 for Local Tourism Development
August 5, 2014

Travel Oregon Community Service Center CSC

The joys of cycling, eating local and preserving cultural heritage will become even easier for Oregonians and visitors, thanks in part to $120,000 in matching grant funds awarded by the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon).

Through its biennial Matching Grants Program, Travel Oregon helps advance tourism-development projects across the state that improve local economies and communities by enhancing, expanding and promoting Oregon’s travel and tourism industry.

“We are pleased to see so many projects focused on product development,” said Carole Astley, Industry & Visitor Services Senior Manager at Travel Oregon. “The funds invested in these proposals will improve the state’s infrastructure for visitors and enhance our quality of life across the state by positively impacting local economies through tourism.”

The awarded grant projects will be completed between September 2014 and September 2015.

The grant winners and their projects are:

  • Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, for the first phase of a product development plan to enhance the region’s culinary and agricultural tourism experiences for visitors
  • Estacada Development Association, for construction of a cycling plaza, “rest area,” that will attract cyclists to the community and region
  • Team Dirt, for the construction of a one-mile, black-diamond cycle trail at Alsea Falls Recreation Site, located in the Advanced Trail Expansion area
  • International Mountain Bike Association, for construction of a 1.5 mile world-class, mountain bike flow trail in Rogue River
  • Community Service Center, University of Oregon, to assess the current condition of all historic theaters in Oregon in order to generate strategies related to the preservation, promotion and successful operation of historic theaters in Oregon communities 
  • Hollywood Theatre, to transform a business center in the Portland International Airport into a screening room inspired by its iconic 1926 building
  • Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau, to develop a large tear-pad cycle map that will show Klamath County mountain bike trails and road bike routes
  • U.S. Farm Stay Association, to produce three short videos highlighting the farm-stay experience available on farms and ranches statewide
  • Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, to develop a SCUBA diving infrastructure to support and market recreational and research diving opportunities on Oregon’s south coast
  • Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, to produce bilingual interpretive signs that will enhance the Open Campus approach, allowing for international, self-guided tours
  • Travel Lane County, to develop a mobile Bike Visitor Center to enhance the biking experience in Lane County by strategically placing the visitor center throughout the region for firsthand local information, tips and personalized trip planning

The biennial Matching Grants Program will open its next cycle in 2016. Oregon tourism industry organizations are invited to apply for funding. For more information, please contact Patti Kileen at or visit:

August 6, 2014
by Julia Havens

Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller Community PLanning Workshop CPW Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience OPDRWhat is your name? Elizabeth Miller

Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Washington, but I call Kalispell, Montana my home.

Something fun you like to do. I love running, and I’ve recently taken up triathlons.

What’s your favorite pig-out food? Tacos. I have a serious love for tacos especially when they come with guacamole.

In which graduate program are you enrolled? Area of concentration? I am enrolled in the Master of Community and Regional Planning program, and I am also working on a certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Describe the CPW- Community Planning Workshop project you worked on during the academic year. Madras Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Integration – our team created a revised natural hazards chapter for the City of Madras’ comprehensive plan, integrating their Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan into the chapter. We also created educational material for public disbursement relating to hazard mitigation planning. As part of the team I conducted research through case studies, stakeholders interviews, and a general public survey to evaluate public knowledge and support. I organized and prepared a public forum in Madras, Oregon to promote public support for project, where I engaged community members in conversation about regulatory versus voluntary hazard mitigation policies.

What is the most critical skill you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year? I’ve learned a lot about meeting facilitation, techniques to help engage the community in public participation (on a topic that is particularly difficult to rally public engagement), and most notably I had the opportunity to work on my professional writing skills for drafting public documents.

What about CPW made you smile? There were many small victories along the way, both on a personal level and as a team, professionally and personally, which kept us motivated even when there were frustrations in the project.

Name of the last movie you saw and give it a rating. I just watched the BBC version of Jane Austin’s Persuasion. I’ve seen it several times and love it every time. A solid ‘A.’

What would you do differently if there were 30 hours in a day? I would take that time to paint. I could use more art in my life!

If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ you’d recommend, list one thing you would include and why? Sitka, Alaska is a place worth visiting in your lifetime. The place is beautiful, temperate weather year round, small, bike-friendly, and has a lot of totem poles and an interesting history, which I think is pretty cool.

August 4, 2014
by Julia Havens

Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Steve Dobrinich

Steve Dobrinich Community Planning Workshop CPWWhat is your name? Stephen Dobrinich

Alias? Steve

Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Cleveland, Ohio but after living in Eugene for the past three years I call Oregon home.

In which graduate program are you enrolled? I am working on my masters in Community & Regional Planning.

Describe the CPW – Community Planning Workshop project you worked on during the academic year. My CPW project was the “Lane County Year-Round Regional Public Market and Food Hub Market Analysis.” The focus of the project was an in-depth investigation into whether there is enough buying power in the Eugene/ Springfield region to support a potential year-round public market and food hub.

What is the most critical skill(s) you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year? Learning how to break large projects into smaller pieces and accomplish goals on an ongoing basis.

What about CPW made you smile? Having great teammates with unique and interesting approaches to project work.

Name of the last movie you saw and give it a rating. Waiting for Guffman: 7.5/10

Favorite UO class? Public Sector Leadership

What are your big summer plans? Visit my friends and family in the Midwest, attend the RARE Program’s 20 year reunion, explore Portland, and get out on my kayak.