Make the McKenzie Connection!


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Own a startup or small business? All are invited to participate free of charge in the free Destination Creation Course, on February 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vida McKenzie Community Center, with breakfast and lunch provided.

Curse topics will include: Becoming a Destination Business, Your Unique Positioning, Your Leadership Responsibility, Targeting Your Most-Profitable Customers, Capturing Consumer and Media Attention, Creating a Customer-Focused, Marketing Your Destination Business, and Collective Marketing.

Space is limited. Learn More & How to Apply Online at: [email protected].


Like turtles? “Thriving Together: Enhancing Turtle and Oak Habitat while Engaging Communities” is a project sponsored by the Calapooia Watershed Council as part of the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund. 25 new projects totaling $985,503 have been approved to address statewide conservation and/or recreation needs, drought preparedness, and wildfire research.

The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund supports projects that protect and enhance the species and habitats to create new opportunities for wildlife watching, urban conservation, community science, and other wildlife-associated recreation. OCRF prioritizes projects that implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint for conserving Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats before they become more difficult to protect. The OCRF will also invest in outdoor recreation opportunities that connect Oregonians to the natural world and increase equity for underserved communities.

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Lane County is developing a design concept for Blue River Drive that it says reflects community preferences. Thanks to community feedback on the design options for Blue River Drive, Lane County’s design team has developed designs they believe meet the identified needs. The Oregon Solutions McKenzie Rebuilds Blue River Work Group has also reviewed and endorsed the designs. Two online sessions this month will answer questions about the design on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. Key design features are West of downtown – a multi-use path. for walking and biking separated from the road with a vegetated swale

Downtown – sidewalks on both sides of the street, parallel parking on both sides of the street for two blocks, customized parking pockets in the northernmost block, and enhanced crosswalks. For more information, go to:


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