JRO Projects in the News


Finalist Tualatin Wins $100K Grant in America's Best Communities Contest

Published April 27, 2016, Portland Tribune


Tualatin's run in the America's Best Communities contest, a nationwide competition in which small towns and rural communities are vying for up to $3 million, will continue after it scored a spot in the finals Wednesday.


Tualatin was one of 15 communities, out of more than 200 original contest entrants, to reach the semifinal round. Judges were impressed by the forceful presentation Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden gave Wednesday afternoon at the America's Best Communities summit in Durham, N.C., outlining the “revitalization plan” that the Tualatin ABC team devised. (Read More...)














City in Midst of Overhauling Comprehensive Plan

Published April 13, 2016, Hillsboro Tribune


At a pair of community summits held earlier this month, Hillsboro residents were given an opportunity to provide input and feedback for the city’s forthcoming major Comprehensive Plan update.


On April 2 and 7, roughly two-dozen residents visited the city’s main library to show planning department staff what’s most important to consider when planning for the city’s future. (Read More...)


Revised Vision Plan is Road Map to Future

Published February 17, 2016, Beaverton Valley Times


The City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed an updated Vision Action Plan packed with 104 community-generated ideas of how to make Beaverton better.


The new plan builds on the success of the city’s 2010 plan, which resulted in strong direction for much of the progress the city has made in developing its downtown, additional events including a Night Market, cultural inclusion activities, public art and more.


In fact, work on 94 percent of the goals in the first plan have at least been started, and a number of those are finished. (Read More...)



Washington State Governor's Smart Communities Awards

JRO has led or served on multi-disciplinary teams for the following projects selected as “Smart Community” award recipients by the Washington State Office of the Governor:


• Grays Harbor - 2020 Vision and Action Plan: Building a Sustainable Grays Harbor

• City of Olympia Imagine Olympia Public Participation Program

• Clark County, Clark Regional Wastewater District, City of Battle Ground and City of Ridgefield –  Discovery Clean Water Alliance (DCWA)

• City of Kalama and Port of Kalama New Mixed Use Zoning District

• Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC)-Sustainable Thurston Vision and Action Plan

(Read More...)


Tualatin Community Partners Hope 'Makerspace' Makes $3M

Published September 19, 2015, The Times


The team working to bring victory to Tualatin in the America's Best Communities contest revealed its ace in the hole Thursday in a presentation at the Century Hotel.


With so many of the region's jobs in the manufacturing sector, presenters said, it would be a boon to Tualatin if students were able to engage with disciplines like science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and get career technical education (CTE) in an accessible and comprehensive way.


To that end, the city of Tualatin and its ABC Team partners — which include the Tigard-Tualatin School District, the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, Mask & Mirror Community Theatre, South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership, and the Tualatin Tomorrow Visioning Advisory Committee — want to invest in a mobile “Makerspace” filled with gizmos and gadgets. (Read More...)


Hillsboro Releases Vision for the Next 20 Years in 2035 Community Plan

Published August 10, 2015, The Oregonian


The city of Hillsboro released its 2035 Community Plan this past weekend at the annual Celebrate Hillsboro event, Aug. 8-9, highlighting the city's vision for the next 20 years.


A letter from Mayor Jerry Willey said the plan is "reflective of our growing and changing community" and "clearly articulates the kind of community people want to see: safe, smart, and easy to get around with strong employment and plenty of things to see and do."


Willey wrote that Hillsboro is projected to have a population of as many as 140,000 people by 2035. (Read More...)


Port of Kalama Christens New $4.5 Million Haydu Park

Published July 17, 2015, The Daily News


Off Interstate 5, less than a mile down Kalama River Road, the sounds of summer

are buzzing.


The whoosh of a soccer ball through the air. The smack a baseball against the bat. Laughter and giggling as kids and parents dine on snow cones and nachos.


From now on, those sounds will be louder and more frequent in Kalama, thanks to the Port of Kalama’s new $4.5 million, 24-acre Haydu Park, christened Friday.


Haydu is the first large park built in Cowlitz County in more than a decade, and the port, city officials and local coaches hopes its multiple sports courts and fields will make it the perfect to host tournaments. (Read More...)



Port of Kalama's 70-acre Business Park Could Boost Economy

Published July 3, 2015, The Daily News


Port of Kalama expects to begin developing a 70-acre business park by the end of the year.


At full build-out, which could take 20 years, the proposed Spencer Creek Business Park

would support 900 on-site jobs, $40 million in annual payroll wages and $4.5 million in annual tax revenues, according to the port’s consultant.


The park will include a mix of commercial, retail, office and light industrial spaces north of Kalama River Road between Norris Pit Road and Interstate 5. The port has not yet developed an estimate for how much the park will cost. (Read More...)















Beaverton Community Vision to Get Five-Year Update

Published February18, 2014, The Oregonian


A public outreach campaign to gather resident ideas for planning the future of Beaverton will kick off on March 15 at the Beaverton Farmers Market.


Jaann Hoisington, chair of the Beaverton Visioning Advisory Committee, and committee member Lacey Beaty updated Beaverton city councilors on the Community Vision Action Plan during a Tuesday, Feb. 18, meeting. They highlighted projects like the committee’s new public forums and community cleanups.


The action plan includes more than 100 city projects and priorities based on comments from 5,000 Beaverton residents prior to 2010. According to the advisory committee, 94 percent of the projects are underway, ongoing or complete. (Read More...)








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