Small communities fought hard in the competitive process — some more successfully than others.
City and county representatives each had three minutes to pitch their top project ideas to the Oregon Department of Transportation in March. Scappoose got approval for $4.7 million towards road and sidewalk improvement projects. Columbia County wasn’t as lucky. The county’s director of public works and parks says he was denied his request of $8 million to overhall Hermo Road, which would provide greater acess to the Port of St Helens.
Transportation projects are perhaps the best “shovel ready” examples, but federal dollars are moving through almost every state agency. A clinic in Klamath Falls got funding to hire a dentist and two doctors through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Is the stimulus reaching you and your community? Is your company bidding for government contracts? Are you hoping to receive food or housing assistance? Or job re-training? Or perhaps money for home weatherization? Where do you see the gaps in stimulus funding?
Now that money is coming into Oregon, is the stimulus working?
- Craig Johns: Public works director for the City of Monmouth
- Patrick Cooney: Communications director for the Oregon Department of Transportation
- Brian Shipley: Deputy chief of staff for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski
- Bob Marsalli: Executive director of Klamath Open Door Family Practice