Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC (COC) is a well-established woman-owned small business committed to engaging people in creating and sustaining great communities. We provide integrated services in planning, community engagement and sustainability to communities and organizations of all sizes. To help implement our mission, we seek a professional team member who is fluent in Spanish, has experience working with Spanish-speaking communities and shares our commitment to positive social change. The paid internship will start at 5-10 hours per week. Successful candidates will have excellent communication, multimedia and graphic skills and a fundamental interest in people and diverse perspectives. Candidates with backgrounds in community organizing and/or community development will be ideal.
At COC, you will find great professional expertise and mentoring support from COC team members in planning, community engagement and sustainability. Our office is in a great location in downtown Portland proximate to the best food carts, transit and amenities.
If you are interested, please send a resume, including a cover letter with references, to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Intern Application” in the subject line. The position will be open until filled. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer for whom diversity of culture, thought and background is considered an invaluable asset. For more information on COC and our interests, please visit our website at www.coganowens.com.
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Cogan Owens Cogan Associate Planner Ellen Wyoming facilitated an incredibly successful event October 10 in Oregon City for the Willamette Falls Legacy Project. We were impressed by the enthusiasm expressed by participants at the community meeting and more than 130 participants shared part of their evening with area leadership and staff to discuss the redevelopment concepts emerging for the former Blue Heron site.
The event opened with a presentation of scenarios the project team is developing. These focused on the four interrelated core values for the site’s redevelopment: Historical and Cultural Interpretation, Public Access, Healthy Habitat, and Economic Redevelopment. Terrific images illustrated possibilities for property redevelopment, restoration and open space at this legacy site. Following the presentation, participants discussed what inspired them most, and reflected key insights to the full gathering.
Many participants expressed enthusiasm for a mix of light industrial and commercial activity. People were also inspired with concepts for greenways and public open space. Others loved the idea of having water flow visibly through the site again as it used to in the past. Integrating new connections like a waterfront trail for bicycles and pedestrians was of keen interest to people as was recognizing the generations of mill workers and their families who have a history tied to the site. Most of all, participants were enthusiastic about new ways to see and experience Willamette Falls, to get up close and personal to see a national asset that the public have not been able to experience in over a century.
Staff also received rich feedback that evening through written comment forms and in conversation recorded at the table discussions. This information is going to help the project team evolve the concepts further so that by December, we will have a final set of recommendations for the Master Framework Plan for community review and comment.
If you are interested, stay tuned as we a new survey will launch next week and is open to all Oregonians. We want to ensure that the voice of Oregonians is clear in what ultimately comes to fruition for the Master Framework Plan and rezoning next spring. You’ll find the survey starting October 23, 2013 at www.rediscoverthefalls.com. Please share this story with friends and be among our more than 1,000 community members connected to the Willamette Falls Legacy Project via Facebook!
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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is conducting a study to examine ways to improve rail service along the Oregon portion of the Pacific Northwest rail corridor, specifically between Portland and Eugene
COC is assisting as a subconsultant to provide public involvement services in connection with this High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Project. Current public outreach includes providing project information and soliciting input on the project’s purpose and need, and alternative alignments to evaluate. COC assisted with a series of community open houses and informational presentations as part of this “scoping” phase. Scoping input will help inform what alignments, if any, are analyzed in detail in an environmental impact statement, as well as issues such as station locations and other system improvements.
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