Sherman County eNews #56


  1. North Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training, April 7

  2. Notice. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, March 14

  3. Public Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, March 12

  4. ODOT: Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Fix-It Projects

1. N. Central Oregon Rural Skill Builder Training Sessions, April 7

Rural communities are facing more complex situations than urban areas. Building new and advanced skills gives those who work on behalf of rural places the tools needed to be effective leaders.

Join us at the Rural Skill Builder training! Learn to be bold, be courageous, and be a savvy leader in complex situations. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain new skills and network with other rural leaders in your region.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 9:15am-4:00pm PST

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

1108 E Marina Drive

Hood River, OR 97031

Registration starts at 8:45am  $40

What Sessions Will Be Offered?

Emerging Rural Economies and Building on Your Assets. Rural communities have distinct opportunities to seize in their pursuit of spurring economic growth within their communities and regions. This session will help attendees harness their abilities to identify and leverage economic assets that builds local control and advances economic prosperity. Learn how bottom-up grassroots strategies can boost your local economy.

Bringing Out the Best in People at Their Worst. Often, we face the challenge of working with difficult people, and sometimes we are the difficult ones. This interactive session will explore strategies for bringing out the best in people, by building on strengths and recognizing that sometimes values and approaches may not align. The session will be structured around lessons from the popular book, “Dealing with People You Can’t Stand: How to bring out the best in people at their worst.”

Funding Your Community Work: Cultivating Relationships and Stories. Learn how to organize and implement a funding plan for your community work and projects. Discover what works long-term while maintaining financial stability. Gain ideas for cultivating funder relationships, including developing a system to maintain them. Participate in Appreciative Inquiry activities and learn to craft stories that illustrate the impact of your community work.

Systems Leadership in Rural Communities. The situations of our time have never been more complex, larger in scale, or more interconnected. Traditional leadership principles are excellent for community based projects and efforts, but how do we affect the greater world and address complex, scaled, and critical challenges that are systemic in nature? Learn about the mindsets, processes, and skill sets that comprise systems leadership – the leadership of these times.

2. MEETING NOTICE. Wasco School Events Center Board Meeting, March 14

The Wasco School Events Center Board of Directors will hold a meeting on March 14th, 2018- 6 p.m. at the WSEC (903 Barnett St.). The public is welcome to attend!

3. Public Notice: Sherman County School District Board Meeting, March 12

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  An Executive Session will precede the Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i) To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member and pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(k) to consider matters relating to school safety. 

These meetings will be held in the Sherman County School/Public Library. 

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4. ODOT: Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Fix-It Projects

Oregon.Flat.poleHave you ever wondered how ODOT selects Fix-It projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)? We want to show you how we decide which projects make it into the STIP and why.

Our Fix-It Program is responsible for keeping state highways in good repair, and it’s the largest single category of funding— more than $800 million over three years (2022-2024) in the STIP we’re currently developing.

ODOT selects projects by using a combination of data collection and analysis, engineering expertise, community needs and available funding. To demonstrate how we pick the best projects, we created a video about our Fix-It Program featuring our own engineers and program experts explaining what criteria they use to make decisions. We also made an infographic illustrating the STIP cycle.

In December, the Oregon Transportation Commission prioritized funding for Fix-It in the STIP funding allocation process. Based on over 2000 responses to an online survey and open house last fall, we know you agree. Public opinion strongly prioritized investments in preservation and safety.

So far this year, our transportation experts are nearly done with early estimates of the scope of potential Fix-It projects for the 2021-2024 STIP. This spring they’ll go into the field to identify site conditions, confirm construction requirements, identify coordination opportunities and finalize project scope. We’ll refine cost estimates based on this field data before we finalize what projects will make the cut.

We are committed to keeping you informed on the STIP process. For more information, visit ODOT’s STIP website.