Concurrent Sessions

Session B


Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Got Funds? Finding State Funding for Local Transportation

Oregon has several funding programs available for local transportation projects. In this session, the Oregon Department of Transportation will provide details on several of these programs that fund roadways, signals, transit, safety, and other improvements. Some of the programs covered include Safe Routes to Schools, Federal Lands Access Program, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality, Connect Oregon, and the newly formed Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund.

Presenters: Alan Thompson, Programs Investment Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation; LeeAnne Fergason, Program Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation; Naomi Zwerdling, Transit Program and Policy Lead, Oregon Department of Transportation; John Boren, Freight Program Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation; Tony Snyder, Region 1 Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation


Sunday, October 20, 2019
3:00 pm-4:30 pm

The ABCs of Financing Your Capital Improvement Project

Do you have a capital improvement project you need funded but don't know where to start? This session delivers the tools to take your project from concept to completion. Meet the funders, discuss the essentials of securing financing, and hear from a community with a success story.

Presenters: Adam Denlinger, General Manager, Seal Rock Water District; Holly Halligan, Community Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development; Steve Major, P.E., President, Dyer Partnership; Jon Unger, Program & Policy Coordinator, Business Oregon; Paul Berg, P.E., Jacobs; Janelle Evans, City Administrator, City of Canyonville


Monday, October 21, 2019
11:00-11:50 am

Rethink Energy, Shape the Future

The way we use energy is changing, and individuals and businesses want a larger role in controlling their energy costs, reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a clean energy future. By working to develop flexible smart grid infrastructure, PGE will share how they will meet those demands while continuing to keep energy efficient and reliable. Learn which upfront investments for your home or business offer the best long term results in reducing your overall energy footprint.

Presenter: Jason R. Salmi Klotz, Portland General Electric


Monday, October 21, 2019
1:30-2:20 pm

John Day Innovation Gateway Project

The city of John Day purchased the Oregon Pine Mill property in 2017 to create an 80-acre innovation center in the heart of the city. The former mill property will be reclaimed and revitalized into the John Day Rural Innovation Gateway, a location that integrates community, technology, education, and commerce with a focus on rural innovation and rural value creation. This major initiative also incorporates the modernization and upgrade of an aging wastewater treatment plant with the goal to produce Class A recycled water. The city envisions attracting farm-to-table growers to utilize this water source along with 200 acres of city land with greenhouses for hydroponic food production. The local economy will benefit from restoration of a waterfront area, botanical gardens, and a new trails network, resulting in significant job growth and development. Learn all about what happened and why John Day continues to be positioned to realize its amazing vision!

Presenter: Nick Green, City Manager, City of John Day


Monday, October 21, 2019
2:30-3:20 pm

Examining the Infrastructure and Economic Impacts of Building Out Technology

Robust broadband capabilities can impact a local economy—and its infrastructure—in many ways. Large and small communities across Oregon have been working to meet connectivity needs and are here to talk about its impacts. This session will bring two Oregon case studies to the table to talk their approaches to addressing broadband challenges in their communities.

Presenters: Austin Ramirez, Interim Community & Economic Development Manager, Lane County; Lynn Ewing, Mayor, City of Maupin; Matt Sayre, Vice President, Technology Association of Oregon