8th annual Coastal Caucus Economic Summit begins today

Aug. 21, 2019 — 8th annual Coastal Caucus Economic Summit begins today

Aug. 21, 2019 — In what has become an annual tradition, the Oregon Legislative Coastal Caucus is sponsoring a coastal Economic Summit, a two-day event designed for state legislators from the coast to discuss the region’s economy and communities.

The tradition has been to hold the summit at one of the tribal casinos on the coast. This year will be somewhat different. The event will be held at two venues. The first day’s activities on Wednesday, Aug. 21, take place at the Three Rivers Casino, 56476 Highway 126, of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, while on the second day the conference moves to the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.

This year’s theme is “Infrastructure Investments: A Collaborative Approach.”

According to State Sen. Arnie Roblan’s website, “Our focus this year is on the health and safety of our rural and coastal — Infrastructure Investments. Our Collaborative Approach —must and will be an ongoing effort, that we all take with us when we leave and continue in service to Oregon and our communities.”

Coastal Caucus members will share information about their 2019 legislative efforts to streamline, modernize and maintain the state’s infrastructure. These include but are not limited to: promoting housing and seismic resiliency; developing renewable energy and education; creating better systems to fund water infrastructure; and preparing rural communities for challenges accompanying the shifting energy landscape.

As part of rural-coast initiative to work collaboratively to generate economic growth, the Coastal Caucus will once again feature informative panel discussions, concurrent sessions, with

a great lineup of keynote speakers. The opening session at the casino will include plenary sessions, debates and networking opportunities. The day will conclude with a Taste of the Oregon Coast event at the Florence Events Center.

Speakers throughout the event include U.S. senators and representatives, Oregon senators and representatives, coastal county commissioners, state leaders, tribal representatives, local politicians and many more.

The keynote speakers and industry leaders will engage in discussions and share their expertise, knowledge and leadership on the issues that are significant to coastal communities and stakeholders.

This year’s featured panel discussions are “Systemic Housing Challenges or Underproduction? Connecting Infrastructure to Affordable Housing” and “Hindsight is 20\20: Changing the Climate of the Carbon Reduction Conversation.” Additional panel discussions include:

  • Connecting infrastructure to affordable housing through public/private investments;
  • Water quality and availability issues through infrastructure construction projects;
  • Enhancing and expanding telecommunication and rural broadband infrastructure;
  • Oregon’s P-20 education governance infrastructure to achieve equity and maximum impact and utility;
  • Perspectives on how to work effectively with Oregon’s Tribal Governments
  • Developing an infrastructure framework for seismic resilience of coastline structures.
  • HB 2020: Changing the Climate of the Carbon Reduction Conversation.

During the Taste of the Oregon Coast, summit attendees will get a taste of the best seafood and local flavors from the Oregon Coast, along with tastings from renowned wineries, breweries and distilleries.