The Oregon County Solutions Center (County Solutions) is AOC’s newest member service – providing support for county commissioners and judges in convening and participating in collaborative problem solving efforts in their communities and regions. Effectively supporting commissioners and their staffs requires building the capacity to be responsive when issues or opportunities arise.
Currently, County Solutions is supporting the Maritime Workforce Task Force, a legislatively created Task Force , Chaired by Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt. It also is supporting three Commissioners, Melissa Cribbins, Doug Hunt, and Bill Baertline, in Convening Community based stakeholder groups in completing the Oregon Coast Trail from the Washington to California border. County Solutions is also supporting Commissioners Margret Magruder, David Yamamoto, Kaety Jacobson, and John Sweet in convening landowners and agencies in addressing failing tide gates. The Solutions program is also supporting the Sudden Oak Death Task Force on the South Coast.
Community based initiatives provide excellent opportunities for commissioners to use their convening authority to provide leadership for local collaborative action. The new local workforce regions and integrated place-based water planning are two current examples where county commissioners and judges are actively guiding collaborative processes. The Oregon County Solutions Center will provide assistance and support to commissioners who wish to seize opportunities and solve problems collaboratively.