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Volume 9, Issue 2
February 2012

Citizen Action Network Summit

On Saturday, February 11th, from 10 am to 4 pm, people from around Washington County and the region who are actively trying to improve our quality of life will come together to plan and learn from each other. Linda Peters, chair of Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC-CAN) says, “We’re all at work on different projects, but share many of the same goals and challenges.  So far we seem to be helping each other by sharing information and showing up when it counts—but it’s time to take stock and plan ahead!”

The theme of WC-CAN’s second annual Citizen Action Summit is “Empowering Citizens in Washington County.”  The host is Pacific University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, Dr. Jim Moore, Director.

Speakers from groups within the Network who have won and lost on issues before policy-makers or courts in 2011, and people forming new groups in response to recent events, will discuss their experiences.  Peters says, “We’ll consider lessons learned, goals shared, and opportunities for coordinated action.”

The lunchtime keynote speaker is Ethan Seltzer, PhD., Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.  Recognized internationally for his expertise in smart urban design and development through collaborative planning with diverse stakeholders, he will help WC-CAN members and supporters focus on collaborative challenges and prospects in Washington County.

Afternoon breakout groups will work on strategies and priorities for 2012, then gather again to summarize and prioritize WC-CAN projects, programs, and strategies for 2012.

If you would like to learn more about the group , visit the WC-CAN website at You can register online for the conference on the site. The $20 fee includes all activities and lunch. The conference will be held in the Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall, Pacific University in Forest Grove. 



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