Washington County Citizen Action Network summit planned at Pacific

Reports from grassroots groups around the county, discussion of potential connections to regional organizations, keynote address on regional issues. Hosted by the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation.

The Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC-CAN) announced key participants in its second annual Citizen Action Summit, to be held Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Marsh Hall's Taylor Auditorium on Pacific University's Forest Grove campus.

Respected regional scholars from Pacific University and Portland State University have leading roles in the summit.

Pacific University's Jim Moore is hosting the summit as director of the University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation.

His predecessor at Pacific University, Russ Dondero, professor emeritus, is vice-chair of WC-CAN and will be a panelist/commentator at the summit.

Ethan P. Seltzer, professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University, will deliver the keynote address.

Dr. Seltzer teaches interdisciplinary courses dealing with themes of regions, planning and place.

His research interests include Cascadia, regional planning, and regional and community development. He is recognized for his contributions to local and regional planning in the Portland area and has been invited to speak in cities around the world.

He has served in the past as president of the city of Portland Planning Commission, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the Oregon Environmental Council and the 40-Mile Loop Land Trust.

“I can’t think of anyone in the region better equipped to help us recognize all the possibilities we have for collaborating on quality-of-life issues in Washington County," said WC-CAN Chair Linda Peters.

"Dating back to Ethan’s early days at Metro, he and his planning staff almost miraculously brought jurisdictions and interest groups together on regional goals for sustainable, livable communities."

Peters said that WC-CAN’s network is working hard to support citizens, groups and public officials in their various efforts to attain such goals in Washington County.

"We eagerly look forward to Ethan’s insights," she added.

The Summit Conference theme is “Empowering Citizens in Washington County.”

The program will include reports from existing and emerging grassroots groups and discussion of potential connections to regional organizations.

The program also includes breakout sessions in the afternoon to plan for WC-CAN’s 2012 priority activities.

The Summit Conference is open to the public. Please contact Jim Moore (moorej@pacificu.edu, 503-352-2288) for information.

The McCall Center will cover the $20 cost for Pacific faculty, staff and students who attend.

Posted by Jenni Luckett (jluckett@pacificu.edu) on Jan 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen (haug7381@pacificu.edu) on May 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

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