Presidential Initiative- Housing

The Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Presidential Initiative is anticipated to bring in a strong crowd of county and other elected officials, agencies, partners, and advocates to the 2019 AOC Annual Conference.

During her service as President, Commissioner Martha Schrader (Clackamas County) set her sights on finding solutions to the housing crisis. Counties across the state and stakeholders have relayed that the top three housing problems  are affordability, availability, and a lack of diversity of housing types across communities. During the conference opening day, sessions will be hosted by local housing experts and will explore a range of issues, including supply and demand, economics, development, and local capacity, aimed at building collaborative understanding to find holistic development of solution-based outcomes.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, CEO of Central City Concern will delve into innovative solutions to solving the housing crisis.

In addition to stimulating discussions surrounding housing solutions, participants can look forward to a multitude of educational sessions and networking opportunities.


The 2019 AOC Annual Conference will also feature hot topics that impact Oregon’s diverse regions, best practices where experts will share challenge, success, and opportunities delving into topics ranging from carbon reduction, to wildfire, to labor and employment issues, and so much more.

Product Tasting

One of the most raved about activities at AOC annual conferences is product tasting. Each region in the state showcases unique products that represent the counties in the region. Registered participants will be invited to sample bold flavors across the state.


Participants will have the opportunity to visit exhibitor tables between conference sessions and learn about unique partnership opportunities.


AOC is proud to have an array of sponsors representing a variety of businesses that partner with AOC members. 

NextEra Energy


Registration can be completed online through November 6. Onsite registration will be available. Prices increase November 4.

Contributed by: Megan Chuinard | Public Affairs Associate