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February 2017

This week, we met with four of our Region's State Senators to offer our assistance and support for serving our seniors and consumers with disabilities; funding an equitable and sustainable transportation bill; and promoting economic development. OCWCOG does not lobby. However, there are occasions when regulatory or statutory changes may negatively impact a Legislator's constituents or communities that we serve and we use these informational meetings to discuss impacts to our communities.

I am excited to welcome our new GIS Analyst/Planner, Steve Lucker. We have a healthy list of internal projects for him to tackle and communities that are looking forward to engaging with us on GIS. Steve is coming to us from the Department of Land Conservation and Development where he has been leading the FEMA statewide hazard and resiliency mapping project. GIS, data, and mapping are a priority for us and I’m happy that we are building out our capacity and team.


Fred Abousleman

Executive Director

Your Board of Directors and Senior Staff
Board of Directors Roster
Lydia George, Deputy Director
Sue Forty, Finance Director
Phil Warnock, Community and Economic
Development (and Transportation Services)

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Regional News     OCWCOG in the News     Tech Tip

Member Updates
Welcome, Steve Hasson, the new City Manager of the City of Millersburg.
Welcome, Rick Hohnbaum, the new City Administrator of the City of Monroe.

Partner Updates
Eclipse Update - At the request of Oregon Emergency Management, the Governor’s Regional Solutions Team convened two eclipse meetings in our Region last month, one in Albany and the other in Waldport. Click HERE for an update on those meetings.


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OCWCOG Senior and Disability Services Updates
Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels (MOW) has been in a budget deficit for several years and a key goal of OCWCOG’s Senior and Disability Services (SDS) department is to make the program financially sustainable by July 1, 2018. The Resource Development Plan for MOW featured five major goals. Click HERE to see an update on the status of these goals.

State and Federal Budgets - Cuts were seen across the Federal and State Budgets that will affect the SDS programs. Click HERE to learn more.

OCWCOG Community and Economic Development Updates
Community Planning - OCWCOG will be providing planning support to the City of Monroe, through an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). Planning services will include development code review and adherence; permit assistance; facility and infrastructure issues; and general planning support. Additional activities may be identified by the City of Monroe Planning Commission and City Manager; OCWCOG will provide support on a flexible, as-needed basis.
OCWCOG Transportation Updates
AAMPO FY2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program - The Albany Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) Staff is beginning development of a fiscal year (FY) 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program to outline federally-funded transportation projects in the metropolitan planning organization area and allocate AAMPO Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds for FY2019, FY2020, and FY2021. Following revision or reaffirmation of the Policy on Allocation of STP Funds in January, Staff will begin a project solicitation process. A draft TIP is anticipated in April 2017.

AAMPO Regional Transportation Plan - AAMPO continues to work on its first Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Transit Development Plan. Click HERE to learn more about AAMPO’s planning work.

CAMPO RTPThe Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) will hold a third public open house meeting on March 16 at the Linus Pauling Middle School to review the draft RTP with the public. The approval of the RTP Update is scheduled for March 30th by the CAMPO Policy Board. For more information about the RTP, click HERE.

CAMPO Work Program and Budget - CAMPO is in the process of developing and approving its FY2018 Work Program and Budget. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be reviewing CAMPO’s draft on February 27, 2017.

Community Bikeshare: Pedal Corvallis - OCWCOG signed an IGA with Oregon State University (OSU) to bring bikeshare stations and bicycles to campus in spring of 2017. The addition of two stations and eight bicycles on the OSU campus will bring the total Pedal Corvallis system up to eight stations and 43 bicycles. Additional stations are expected to be added to increase the OSU portion of the system later in the year. Click HERE to learn more about Pedal Corvallis.

CWEDD FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant - The Community Service Center (CSC) at University of Oregon submitted an Economic Resilience Grant Application to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. OCWCOG recently learned that the application will be submitted to FEMA by the State Review Board as the priority planning project in the State. Click HERE to learn more about this grant opportunity.

CWACT Executive Committee NamedThe Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation (CWACT) confirmed their 2017 Executive Committee membership. The Executive Committee consists of one County Commissioner from each County within the CWACT region (Linn, Benton, and Lincoln), ODOT Area Manager, and one additional representative from each County. Click HERE to see the CWACT Executive Committee list.

Linn-Benton Loop
AAMPO and CAMPO facilitated the first meeting of the Linn-Benton Loop governing Board. During this meeting, AAMPO and CAMPO Staff were asked to continue as Staff for the new Board of the Linn-Benton Loop. Their next meeting will be today, February 28th. Information about the meeting will be posted on the AAMPO web page,

Regional Park and Ride Plan - An initial stakeholder meeting for the Regional Park and Ride Plan for Linn and Benton Counties will be held at OCWCOG’s Cascade West Center in Albany on Thursday, March 30, 2017. A Lincoln County meeting will be announced soon. A website dedicated to the Plan is available at this URL: Click HERE to learn more about the Regional Park and Ride Plan.

Safe Routes to School - As part of OCWCOG’s Safe Routes to School program, OCWCOG staff provided a railroad safety presentation to the full student body at Harrisburg Elementary School, including a video from Operation LifeSaver, a leader in railroad safety education for youth ( Staff also met with Albany’s Sunrise Elementary School staff to discuss project ideas. Click HERE to learn more about OCWCOG’s Safe Routes to School work.

Transportation System Plan Guidelines Advisory Committee
AAMPO staff has been invited to sit on a Statewide Advisory Committee to review and provide recommendations on the State’s Transportation System Plan Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Committee is expected to convene in early 2017.

Regional News
[Lincoln] County supports state transportation funding, The Newport News-Times
Editorial: Adair stands poised for growth, The Albany Democrat-Herald
Editorial: Linn numbers for employment still sunny, The Albany Democrat-Herald
Millersburg hires new city manager, The Albany Democrat-Herald
Portland’s TryEco to move headquarters to Albany, The Register-Guard

OCWCOG in the News
Corvallis Bike Share Expands, The Corvallis Advocate

Tech Tip
Does your organization practice good cybersecurity? According to, four best cybersecurity practices include:

  1. Practice good access control;
  2. Avoid scams;
  3. Implement hardware and software restrictions; and 
  4. Manage mobile devices.  

Click HERE to access’s article about these best practices.

OCWCOG Technology Services department can help to manage, secure, and back-up your systems. Contact Brian Chytka,, for more information.


Job Opportunities at OCWCOG

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Upcoming Events

March 15th
Free Medicare Class
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lincoln City

March 22nd
Free Medicare Class
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
March 30th
Regional Park and Ride Plan Stakeholder Meeting
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

For a list of all events:
The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), on behalf of the member governments, carries out a variety of local, state, and federal programs. The majority of funding is provided by way of contracts to administer specific services. As an Oregon intergovernmental entity, OCWCOG can provide for, or on behalf of, its member governments any service that they are authorized to provide. Whether it is helping a business find appropriate capital, helping seniors and persons with disabilities plan for independent living, or coordinating local roads improvement priorities, OCWCOG offers these and many other innovative services to the local governments and residents of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties. For more information, visit

OCWCOG's members are the Counties of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn; the Cities: Adair Village, Albany, Brownsville, Corvallis, Depoe Bay, Halsey, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Millersburg, Monroe, Newport, Philomath, Scio, Siletz, Sweet Home, Tangent, Toledo, Waldport, and Yachats; the Confederated Tribes of Siletz; and the Port of Newport.
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