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County plays host to national leaders in rural exports

Clackamas County was chosen as one of five places in the nation to host a Made in Rural America forum Thursday, Aug. 28. The forums are part of a White House Rural Council initiative to help teach rural firms how to start or expand their exports.

The 200 attendees included U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, USDA Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service Phil Karsting and Doug McKalip, the White House’s senior policy adviser for rural affairs.

The forum at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City also featured Clackamas County businesses who have been successful in their export ventures. Bob’s Red Mill, which exports to 70 countries and Dragonberry Produce, which regularly attends trade missions to China, Japan and Vietnam.

The forum was hosted by Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader, the National Association of Counties and sponsored by Clackamas County Business and Economic Development and Abernethy Center.

Apply to serve on the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council. Ideal candidates will have background and/or interest in public safety or criminal justice. The purpose of council is to develop and recommend to the Board of County Commissioners plans for the use of state and local resources to appropriately and effectively address the local adult and juvenile offender populations, prevent criminal involvement of youth, coordinate local criminal justice policy among all criminal justice entities, and to provide support for programs that strengthen and preserve families.

The council meets quarterly on the third Monday of the month, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Meetings are generally scheduled in Room 255 of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City. The next meeting dates are:

  • Monday, Oct. 20
  • January 2015 (date to be determined)
  • Monday, April 20
  • Interested individuals should submit an application form, which can be completed online via the Clackamas County website: clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp A hard copy application can be obtained by contacting Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs at 503-655-8751, or by visiting the Public Services Building. The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 18.

    Contact Korene Mather 503-650-5683, korenemat@clackamas.us, for additional information.

    County will host Community Festival Sept. 17

    Clackamas County will host its Fourth Annual Community Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Red Soils campus in Oregon City.

    Born of the work of the Clackamas County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, the festival connects members of the community with county employees and local organizations in order to foster the growing diversity of the region.

    The festival will feature information booths hosted by local and regional nonprofits and county partner organizations, live music, performance, and local food trucks selling tasty lunchtime menu items.

    It will be held outside in the courtyard between the Public Services and Development Services buildings: 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

    The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission is free.

    Young Clackamas author releases fiction title

    Author Jeffrey Depew of Clackamas announced Sept. 2 the nationwide release of his new book, “The Perfect Soldier.”

    “The Perfect Soldier” is a suspenseful tale of a battle-scarred soldier, Bane, on his final mission.

    Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

    Depew is a young, new author. He is working to complete his trilogy, “The Lone Soldier.” Depew, who is married to Rhonda, enjoys working out, playing the drums and spending time with his wife.

    Clackamas County Mental Health, Addictions Council seeking applications

    The Clackamas County Mental Health and Addictions Council is seeking new members. The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners appoints members to three-year terms.

    Ideal candidates live in Clackamas County, represent the geographic and ethnic diversity of the county and have the time and availability to participate consistently. Individuals or parents/guardians of children or teens receiving mental health or addictions services are also encouraged to apply.

    The Advisory Council identifies service needs and priorities in our communities and makes recommendations to the Behavioral Health Director and the Board of Commissioners on mental health and addictions services, including education, prevention, and treatment.

    Meetings are scheduled 10 times a year on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City, (generally no March or December meetings).

    Interested individuals need to complete an application form. Applications may be completed and submitted online via the county’s website: clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp

    For a paper application form, please contact Citizen Involvement at 503-655-8751 or at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

    Application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 18.

    County Vector Control Advisory Board recruits new members

    The Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking volunteers interested in serving on the County Vector Control Board. Members of the board are appointed to four-year terms by the Commissioners and serve in an advisory capacity as well as act as the policy-making body and managers of the business and financial affairs of the Clackamas County Vector Control District.

    Vector Control is responsible for the control of mosquitoes and flies within the county. The Oregon State Health Department and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife approve their annual control plan.

    The five-member board meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in the Vector Control District Office: 1102 Abernethy Road in Oregon City.

    Interested individuals need to complete an application form. Applications may be completed and submitted online via the county’s website: clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp

    For a paper application form, please contact Citizen Involvement at 503-655-8751 or at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

    Application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 25. For more information, call Elizabeth Knight, 503-655-8394.

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