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Reflections from May Forum: the Clean Energy Jobs bill

Last week’s forum topic presented many points of view around the Clean Energy Jobs bill. Though it did not pass during the Legislature short session in March, legislative leaders are clear it will be back on their 2019 agenda. The question is not whether climate change exists; the question posed is whether the bill is right for Oregon.

At its core, the bill proposes a […]

Reflections from May regional Forum: Growth’s Impacts on our Communities

Central Oregon is among the fastest growing regions in the U.S. Regional population forecast data for the Bend-Redmond area shows us just how fast:

  • Between 1990 and 2017, our population grew 122 percent.
  • By 2025, our population will increase by another 37,000 people, or 16 percent.
  • By 2040, our population will increase by 113,000 people, or 49 percent.
  • And by 2065, our population […]

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