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15 minutes | 3 days ago
EP 47: Operations & Member Engagement Director, Christy Wurster
Christy manages the internal services of the LOC and provides oversight to member services. In this conversation, LOC’s newest team member discusses her vision and goals as Operations & Member Engagement Director for the League.
21 minutes | 17 days ago
EP 47: Baker City Mayor Kerry McQuisten
Baker City recently adopted resolution 3881, the first of its kind in Oregon, to directly address specific concerns related to state-mandated lockdowns and how they have affected the businesses and families in the city. In this conversation, Baker City Mayor Kerry McQuisten discusses how her city has been impacted by the COVID lockdowns. Resolution 3881 Email Mayor McQuisten
25 minutes | a month ago
EP 45: Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam
It has been a year since the Governor mandated state-wide COVID lockdowns and as cities across Oregon have complied, many have grappled with the challenges of safeguarding their communities and keeping their local businesses vibrant and successful. In this episode, Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam joins us for a conversation about his city and the efforts happening in Sandy to support citizens and businesses.
19 minutes | a month ago
EP 44: Dayton Mayor Beth Wytoski LOC OMA Spring Symposium Preview
In this episode, we talk with Dayton Mayor and Oregon Mayors Association President Beth Wytoski about the upcoming LOC/OMA Joint Spring Symposium. The City of Dayton, like other cities in Oregon, faced unprecedented challenges last year. Mayor Wytoski shares stories about how her city employed unique and creative ways to deal with the many challenges her community faced and how they will use what they learned in 2020 to start planning for spring and summer 2021. Register for the Spring Symposium and view the preliminary agenda here.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 43: Water Utility and Rate Assistance
In this episode, LOC Lobbyist Tracy Rutten Rainey discusses the League’s legislative priority on Water Utility and Rate Assistance. The LOC will work to identify funding for water utility ratepayer assistance and will work to establish a framework for the distribution of funds. Email Tracy
19 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 42: Disaster Relief and Recovery
In this episode, LOC Legislative Director Jim McCauley discusses the League’s legislative priority on Disaster Relief and Recovery. The LOC will advocate on behalf of impacted communities for legislation that provides additional resources, efficiency in recovery and rebuilding efforts, support of long-term economic recovery efforts, budgetary flexibility, and re-investment in infrastructure lost due to wildfire, floods, and other natural disasters. Email Jim
29 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 41: Property Tax Reform
In this episode, LOC lobbyist Mark Gharst discusses the League’s legislative priority on Property Tax Reform. The League will take a leadership role in forming coalitions with the business community and other local government partners to help draft and advocate for both comprehensive and incremental property tax reform option packages that are consistent with principles adopted by its board of directors. Show notes: Email Mark 2019-20 Oregon Property Tax Statistics
33 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 40: Comprehensive Infrastructure Package
In this episode, LOC lobbyists Jenna Jones, Jim McCauley, and Tracy Rutten discuss the League’s legislative priority on the Comprehensive Infrastructure Package. The League will advocate for an increase in the state’s investment in key infrastructure funding sources, including, but not limited to, the Special Public Works Fund (SPWF), Brownfield Redevelopment Fund, and Regionally Significant Industrial Site loan program. The advocacy will include seeking an investment and set aside through the SPWF for seismic resilience planning and related infrastructure improvements that will help make Oregon water and wastewater systems more resilient. Show Notes: LOC Legislative Advocacy City Day at the Capitol IGR Team Email Addresses: Jenna Jones Jim McCauley Tracy Rutten
25 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 39: Housing and Services Investment
In this episode, LOC lobbyist Ariel Nelson discusses the League’s legislative priority on Housing and Services Investment. The League will support increased investments for affordable housing, homeless assistance, and related services including funding for shelter, homeless services, case management, rent assistance, the development and preservation of affordable housing, and permanent supportive housing. Show notes: https://www.orcities.org/education/training/winter-shelter-conference-call Ariel Email firstname.lastname@example.org Ariel Cell # 541-646-4180
19 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 38: COVID-19 Economic Recovery Investments
In this episode, LOC lobbyist Mark Gharst discusses the League’s second legislative priority, COVID-19 Economic Recovery, and Investments. Cities have been on the frontline of the economic response to the pandemic, standing up programs for small business assistance and economic support for affected workers. Many cities have little or no ability to help residents due to COVID-19 related revenue losses (lodging tax, gas tax, park fees, development fees, parking fees, utility charges, and so on). City elected officials know the needs of their individual communities and want to partner with the state in helping our residents through this difficult time but need resources. Show Notes: Business Oregon Small Business Navigator https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/ Business Oregon List of County Grant Programs https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/ESBA/ Current CDBG Notice of Funding Availability https://www.orinfrastructure.org/Infrastructure-Programs/CDBG/NOFA/ Questions? Contact Mark Gharst at email@example.com
20 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 37: Mental Health Service Delivery
In this episode, LOC lobbyist Scott Winkels discusses the first of six League legislative priorities for 2021 – Mental Health Investment. The League will advocate for adequate resources to protect and enhance the services available to persons suffering from mental health conditions. Links: Local Focus from December 2014 discussing mental health Scott’s email address firstname.lastname@example.org
35 minutes | 5 months ago
EP: 36 Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide
We have been on a hiatus for a while and are delighted to be back in production beginning with this episode. Bridging the Rural/Urban Divide was presented at our annual conference as a panel session and we wanted to share it as a podcast too. So, join us for a discussion with two city leaders on reducing the divide between urban and rural communities and learning to work together for common goals.
14 minutes | 10 months ago
Special Episode with Mike Cully and Dennis Lyon
In the latest episode of City Focus, LOC Executive Director Mike Cully and Dennis Lyon discuss the NLC Service Line Program by HomeServe. How does the program work and how can it help your city? You can reach out to Dennis at 412-266-9545 or via email at Dennis.Lyon@HomeServeUSA.com www.servicelinepartner.com
34 minutes | a year ago
Special Episode with Jim McCauley, LOC Legislative Director
In the latest episode of City Focus, LOC Legislative Director Jim McCauley discusses the role the LOC has played on a state and national level advocating for cities during the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic calamity. Jim shares what the LOC’s advocacy team has been doing to support cities and assure city leaders have the information they need to make informed decisions as we move forward.
12 minutes | a year ago
Special Episode with Mike Cully, LOC Executive Director
Due to the Coronavirus crisis and the closure of our offices, we have put the creation and publication of regular podcast episodes on hiatus until further notice. However, by utilizing technology, we have published this special episode featuring LOC Executive Director Mike Cully discussing the unique and important role the LOC has played on a state and national level. Mike also shares what LOC staff have been doing behind the scenes to make sure that our member cities have the information they need to make informed decisions as we move through this challenging time.
8 minutes | a year ago
Inside the Capitol - Week of March 2, 2020
It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is guest host LOC Legislative Analyst, Jenna Jones and LOC Lobbyist, Scott Winkels.
8 minutes | a year ago
Inside the Capitol - Week of February 24, 2020
It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is LOC Legislative Analyst, Jenna Jones. Here are links to the items that Jenna mentioned on this week’s episode: SB 1530, HB 4001, SB 1567, SB 1565, HB 4079, HB 4071, HB 4070, and SB 1536
8 minutes | a year ago
Inside the Capitol - Week of February 17, 2020
It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is LOC Lobbyist, Ariel Nelson. Show Notes: Here are links to the items that Ariel mentioned on this week’s episode: SB 1530, HB 4001, SB 1567, SB 1565, HB 4167, and HB 4010
32 minutes | a year ago
EP 35: Oregon Mayors attend the US Conference of Mayors
In our latest City Focus podcast, hear the story of how two mayors – Beaverton’s Denny Doyle and Sandy’s Stan Pulliam – traveled to Washington D.C. to join forces with mayors across the country and effectively advocate for their cities at the federal level on key infrastructure issues. Show notes: USMayors.org
7 minutes | a year ago
Inside the Capitol - Week of February 10, 2019
It’s time for Inside the Capitol…your weekly legislative update from the League of Oregon Cities…and now, for a look at what’s happening this week in Salem here is LOC Lobbyist, Tracy Rutten. Here are links to the items that Tracy mentioned on this week’s episode: SB 1530, HB 4079, HB 4043, SB 1536, HB 4001, SB 1567, SB 1565, HB 4149, and HB 4103
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