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2015 Annual Conference

The AOC Annual Conference provides an opportunity for county commissioners and judges, as well as other county elected officials and department heads, to conduct business, network, and attend educational sessions.

The 2016 AOC Annual Conference will take place November 15 – 17 at the Hilton Hotel in Eugene.

View 2015 program information below.

10:00AM – 12:00PM

SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Sousa

This seminar is for those commissioners/judges who are completing their first year in office.

10:00AM – 12:00PM

AOC FOREST MANAGEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE

Joplin

10:00AM – 1:00PM

CREA ANNUAL MEETING

Wilder

2:00PM – 5:00PM

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: CONVENER TRAINING

Bloch

Join Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde and Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart for this informative session on how to be an effective convener. The session will include experts in collaborative problem solving from the Oregon County Solutions Center and the National Policy Consensus Center. Learn about real examples of how county commissioners have brought people together to solve problems in their communities. Participate in one-on-one consultations with experts and experienced conveners. Commissioners Hyde and Labhart will be joined by Hood River County Commissioner Karen Joplin, a member of the Oregon Health Policy Board, and former Umatilla County Commissioner Dennis Doherty, a member of the Oregon Water Resources Commission, to help attendees develop collaborative strategies.

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 1

Wilder

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 2

Hansberry

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 3

Ferber

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 4

Studio A

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 5

Studio B

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 6

Studio C

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 7

Joplin

8:30AM – 9:30AM

DISTRICT 8

Board

10:00AM – 11:30AM

Opening General Session

Bloch

Join us as Sherman County Judge Gary Thompson opens the 2015 AOC Annual Conference. Special keynote speaker Brad Ritter will present, “Telling Your Story in a Digital World: Seven Traits of Savvy Leaders.” This entertaining, high-energy talk provides techniques to help you become savvy communicators and leaders. Quick videos and real life examples will bring the concepts to life and keep the program lively and entertaining. And, see the 2015 County College class graduation ceremony. The culmination of the year-long County College program, 20 commissioners, other elected officials and high-level staff will participate in a short graduation ceremony.

11:45AM – 1:00PM

LUNCH

O’Neill

Dr. Emilia Istrate is NACo’s Director of Research and Outreach, being responsible for developing the research priorities in support of NACo’s strategic plan and mission. Emilia joined NACo in February 2013 from the Brookings Institution, where she was a senior research associate and associate fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program. She specializes in economic development and transportation. Her research has been widely cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNN, the Atlantic, the Economist and other media outlets.

Speaker: Dr. Emilia Istrate, director of research and outreach, NACo

1:15PM – 3:15PM

TOOLKIT SESSION: SISTER COUNTIES: A TOOL KIT FOR ESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIP

Bloch

Tillamook and Umatilla Counties have agreed to pilot a project to help establish a model sister county relationship around the service area of public works. There is a need for counties to work together to address major disasters, particularly the predicted Cascadia subduction zone earthquake on the west side of the Cascade and forest fires that are growing in number and intensity throughout much of Oregon. The tool kit provides guidance on “the best way to develop a sister county relationship” from the perspective of a county commissioner or judge.

Moderator: Emily Ackland, County Road Program Manager, Association of Oregon Counties

Speakers:

  • Larry Givens, commissioner, Umatilla County
  • Jim Johnson, Portland State University
  • Tom Fellows, public works director, Umatilla County
  • Liane Welch, public works director, Tillamook County

1:15PM – 3:15PM

TOOLKIT SESSION: WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARDS?

Sousa

Economic development is not possible without significant workforce development. Yet, an inadequate workforce has been identified by business leaders as a critical issue in every area of the state. With recent changes to local workforce investment boards due to the Governor’s Executive Order and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the role of county commissioners/judges in workforce development is more important than ever. This panel will provide an update on Oregon’s workforce system in transition, as well as suggestions for how you can use your knowledge and influence to assist local businesses find and develop the workforce they need.

Moderator: Craig Pope, Polk County commissioner; chair, Mid-Willamette Valley Jobs Council

Speakers:

  • Lisa Nisenfeld, director, Oregon Employment Department
  • Karen Humelbaugh, workforce deputy, Department of Community College and Workforce Development
  • John Chamberlin, contract legal counsel for workforce transition in Oregon
  • Ron Fox, executive director, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.
  • Tony Frazier, executive director, Incite, Inc. (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, and Linn counties)

3:00PM – 4:30PM

TOOLKIT SESSION: FIRES, FLOODS & DROUGHT

Bloch

Changes in Oregon’s weather patterns have led to greater risks of fire, flood and drought. Learn more about the impacts of these incidents on the State of Oregon. Learn from Oregon State University researchers what the future trends are and how we will need to adapt to this new normal. What policy options are available to minimize the impacts of fire, flood and drought? How is water supply development an important part of the solution? Learn what you can do today to make a better tomorrow.

Moderator: Moderator: Melissa Cribbins, commissioner, Coos County

Speakers:

    • Kathie Dello, associate director, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University

Presentation

    • Beverly Law, professor of global change biology & terrestrial systems science, Oregon State University

Presentation

    • Ron Graham, deputy chief, Fire Protection Division, Oregon Department of Forestry

Presentation

    • Racquel Rancier, senior policy coordinator, Oregon Water Resources Department

Presentation

  • Kim Ogren, senior water resources development advisor, Oregon Water Resources Department

3:00PM – 4:30PM

TOOLKIT SESSION: CONNECTING WITH BROADBAND

Sousa

The Broadband Opportunity Council recently released a report developed by 25 federal agencies with assistance from local governments and industry representatives on promoting broadband investment. The council’s report announced $10 billion in broadband expansion opportunities. How can you get a piece of this pie for your county? Learn how Oregon has been leading the way in broadband access, and hear about Sherman County’s nationally-recognized efforts in broadband development.

Moderator: Tony DeBone, Commissioner, Deschutes County

Speakers:

  • Mike Smith, commissioner, Sherman County
  • Chris Tamarin, telecommunications specialist, Business Oregon
  • Steve Coyner, broadband field representative, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Mike Dewey, executive director, Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association

4:30PM – 5:00PM

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

Wilder

The Resolutions Committee consists of the AOC executive committee and the chairs of the eight districts, or their designees. The Resolutions Committee will determine whether a resolution is germane to matters of county concern and if it should be referred to the membership at the annual business meeting or to the Legislative Committee for consideration and possible action.

Affiliate Meetings

1:00PM – 5:00PM

COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS

Studio A

7:00AM – 8:20AM

ANNUAL COUNCIL OF FOREST TRUST LAND COUNTIES BREAKFAST MEETING

Wilder

8:30AM – 10:30AM

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC SAFETY STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Joplin

8:30AM – 10:30AM

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Sousa

8:30AM – 10:30AM

GOVERNANCE STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Bloch

8:30AM – 10:30AM

WATER POLICY STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Hellman

10:45AM – 11:45AM

TOOLKIT SESSION: GET ON BOARD WITH HUMAN SERVICE/TRANSPORTATION COORDINATION PROJECTS

Bloch

An aging population, growing needs of veterans, poverty, limited transportation services, and long distances between communities challenge people who need to visit their doctor and obtain other human services. Millions of dollars are spent each year for at least 35 different programs by thirteen separate state and federal agencies for transportation services. Local governments and CCOs also fund and provide these services. How can we better coordinate these expenditures with existing transit and transportation options? Three regions in Oregon have been participating in pilot projects seeking efficiencies and savings: Mid-Columbia (Hood River, Sherman, Wasco counties); Central (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson counties); and Valley (Benton, Lincoln, Linn counties). Is your region next? Come learn about what’s been happening around the state as well as funding and coordination opportunities in your area!

Moderator: Ann Hanus, retired policy manager, AOC

Speakers:

  • Jim Owens, principal, Owens Cogan Greene
  • Robin Bjurstrom, assistant division manager, ODOT Rail & Public Transit Division

10:45AM – 11:45AM

TOOLKIT SESSION: MARIJUANA

Sousa

This session will explore the latest developments with regard to regulation of recreational and medical marijuana in Oregon. It will include a discussion of anticipated legislation, local options, taxation, administrative rules from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA), public safety and public health.

Speakers:

  • Rob Bovett, legal counsel, AOC
  • Betsy Clapp, Multnomah County

12:00PM – 1:00PM

LUNCH

O’Neill

Spend time with your colleagues. Hear from those vying to be AOC 2nd vice president. This is your chance to become an informed voter!

1:15PM – 3:15PM

ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & LAND USE STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Sousa

1:15PM – 3:15PM

PUBLIC LANDS & NATURAL RESOURCES STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Hellman

1:15PM – 3:15PM

VETERANS STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Bloch

1:15PM – 3:15PM

GOVERNANCE FORUM

Wilder

In 2015, an additional $28 million was secured for mental health investments – a great deal targeted at keeping those with mental illness out of county jails. At this month’s Governance Forum, hear from jail commanders about the challenges they face as well as what has worked to address these populations, and learn what resources are available for developing new crisis and jail diversion programs. The role that data plays in the relationships between public safety and mental health and how counties can partner to strengthen this work will also be discussed.

3:30PM – 5:30PM

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Bloch

3:30PM – 5:30PM

TRANSPORTATION STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

Sousa

5:30PM – 6:00PM

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

Wilder

This is the last chance to bring a resolution to the resolutions Committee!

Affiliate Meetings

8:00AM – 12:00PM

COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS

Studio A

11:30AM – 5:00PM

FACILITIES MANAGERS

Board

1:00PM – 5:00PM

JUVENILE DIRECTORS

Vistas II

1:00PM – 5:00PM

PLANNING DIRECTORS

Studios B & C

7:00AM – 8:00AM

FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST

Wilder

Judge Steve Grasty and Commissioner Bill Hall invite any and all to attend the fellowship breakfast with special guest speaker Representative Greg Barreto. Please note that there is an additional fee of $25 for this breakfast. Please RSVP onsite at the registration desk.

8:00AM – 9:15AM

TOOLKIT SESSION: CLEAN FUELS

Williams

During the 2015 legislative session the Legislature passed SB 324 which lifted the sunset on the Clean Fuels Program. According to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Clean Fuels Program complements other transportation-related strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as clean car standards, renewable fuels blending mandates and commitments to reduce how much Oregonians drive. Opponents to the Clean Fuels Program are concerned that the Clean Fuels Program will expose Oregonians to volatile price increases at the pump, additional government regulation of small businesses, and increase already-aggressive blending requirements for ethanol and other forms of bio diesel.

Learn about the progress being made on implementation of the new rules and what that means for Oregon counties. Hear from both supporters and opponents about what’s next.

Presentation

Moderator: Palmer Mason, legislative coordinator, Department of Environmental Quality

Speakers:

    • Cory Ann Wind, air quality planner, Department of Environmental Quality

Presentation

  • Bob Russell, vice president, Oregon Trucking Association
  • Bill Levy, CEO/president, PacificAg

8:00AM – 9:15AM

TOOLKIT SESSION: FEDERAL LANDS COOPERATION

Hellman

Judge Steve Grasty and Commissioner Mark Davidson will hold a workshop in early 2016 on how to participate more directly and effectively in federal land management processes. The workshop will include instruction and tips by nationally recognized subject area experts. This toolkit session will introduce the topic of meaningful engagement by counties in federal land management by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service through the utilization of Cooperating Agency Status, Coordination, and the Memorandum of Agreement among the Association of Oregon Counties on behalf of all 36 counties, BLM, and the USFS to practice early and often communication on proposed policy initiatives. Although too brief to provide the depth and hands-on practice in use of these tools that the 2016 workshop will give, this session nevertheless will provide an understanding of, and materials about, these practical means to make the interests of local communities more directly taken into account by federal planners.

Moderator: Mark Davidson, commissioner, Union County

Speakers:

  • Steve Grasty, judge, Harney County
  • Bill Harvey, chair, Baker County
  • Gil Riddell, policy director, AOC

9:30AM – 11:45AM

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

Bloch

This is where the rubber meets the road for AOC. Elect your officers for 2016, vote on the AOC budget and bylaw changes and hear about AOC’s developing relationship with Fujian Provence in China and the economic opportunities this presents.

12:00PM – 1:30PM

LUNCH

O’Neill

This is where the rubber meets the road for AOC. Elect your officers for 2016, vote on the AOC budget and bylaw changes and much more!

1:45PM – 3:15PM

PLENARY SESSION: PUBLIC/PRIVATE COLLABORATION

Wilder

Join us for a moderated discussion with representatives of the Oregon Business Council (OBC) and the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). This session is intended to share perspectives and identify common interests between AOC and OBC that will lead to success in addressing issues of common concern. The focus of the session will be on the issues of transportation, natural resources, and education and workforce.

3:30PM – 4:45PM

THE TIM AND TAMMY SHOW: LEADING IN A CRISIS

Bloch

2015 saw Oregon in the national spotlight three times, for all the wrong reasons. Elected county officials were in the unenviable position of leading their respective communities through three very different crisis situations. County sheriffs across the state received suspicious envelopes, some with white powder inside. Grant County underwent an emergency evacuation of their courthouse as a wildfire came perilously close, burning 43 homes along the way. And most recently, Douglas County experienced a tragic attack at Umpqua Community College. What did each of our guests learn from their experience that can help you prepare for a crisis in your county?

Guests include:

  • Sheriff John Bishop (retired), executive director, Oregon State Sheriffs Association
  • Craig Roberts, sheriff, Clackamas County
  • Chris Labhart, commissioner, Grant County
  • Chris Boice, commissioner, Douglas County

5:30PM – 7:30PM

COUNTY PRODUCT TASTING

Williams

The premier event of the AOC Annual Conference. Enjoy the flavors of Oregon as brought to you by AOC’s eight districts. There is no other event like it!

Affiliate Meetings

8:00AM – 5:00PM

AOCMHP

Studios B&C

8:00AM – 5:00PM

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS DIRECTORS

Vistas II

8:00AM – 5:00PM

COUNTY CLERKS

Studio A

8:00AM – 5:00PM

COUNTY COUNSELS

Vistas I

8:00AM – 12:00PM

JUVENILE DIRECTORS

Ferber

8:00AM – 5:00PM

PLANNING DIRECTORS

Joplin

8:00AM – 5:00PM

PUBLIC PROPERTY MANAGERS

Directors

9:30AM – 11:45AM

ROAD OFFICIALS

Board

7:30AM – 9:30AM

AOC OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS BREAKFAST MEETING

Bloch

Affiliate Meetings

9:00AM- 12:00PM

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS DIRECTORS

Vistas II

COUNTY COUNSELS

Vistas I

PUBLIC PROPERTY MANAGERS

Studio A

SUPPORT STAFF

Sousa

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