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2011 News
DLCD among finalists for the Ash Center Innovations award grant
Former Governor Kulongoski and Director Richard Whitman presented the Oregon Land Use Program before the National Selection Committee at the JFK Jr. Forum on Wednesday, November 16.
Frmr. Gov. Kulongoski and Dir. Richard Whitman presenting
November 21, 2011
DLCD among finalists for the Harvard Kennedy School - Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Innovations in American Government Award
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) was represented by former Governor Kulongoski and Director Richard Whitman for the Innovations Award final presentation.
On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, from 12 to 2pm ET, former Governor Kulongoski and Director Whitman presented Oregon’s Land Use Program to the National Selection Committee, chaired by Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Public Service David Gergen. The event took place at the JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard Kennedy School. A recording of the event is available here.
The Innovations in American Government Awards Program is a significant force in recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. Through its annual awards competition, the Program provides concrete evidence that government can work to improve the quality of life for citizens and that it deserves greater public trust. By highlighting exemplary models of governments’ innovative performance, the Program serves as a catalyst for continued progress in addressing the nation’s most pressing public concerns.
Oregon is no stranger to the Innovations Award. Over the last twenty years Oregon state and local governments have been award finalists and a three-time award winner for:
  • Oregon Health Plan, 1996
  • Oregon Benchmarks, 1994
  • Vendor Information Program, 1993
The Ford Foundation created the Innovations in American Government Awards in 1985 in response to widespread pessimism and distrust in government’s effectiveness.
The winner of the competition will be announced in early 2012.

Ocean Policy Advisory Council Work Group Planning Session
April 18, 2011
Ocean Policy Advisory Council Work Group Planning Session
Coos Bay, Oregon – On April 21st, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council’s (OPAC) Territorial Sea Plan Work Group will be conducting the first in a series of public work sessions to develop recommendations for amending Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan. 
The State of Oregon, with the assistance of OPAC and a wide range of citizens, communities, and other organizations, is amending its Territorial Sea Plan to identify the appropriate sites for renewable energy development.  After several years of effort that process is at a crucial stage that requires even greater informed feedback from the public.  The purpose of the work session is to present information and maps of important marine resources and uses that must be considered by the work group as it investigates where marine renewable energy should be sited. 
The meeting will be held at the Mill Casino, from 12:30 to 4:30 in the East Salmon room, and the public is invited to attend, learn, and participate by providing their feedback and comments to the work group.

Governor taps DLCD's Richard Whitman; LCDC appoints Jerry Lidz
March 15, 2011
Governor taps DLCD’s Richard Whitman; LCDC appoints Jerry Lidz as acting director of DLCD
Governor Kitzhaber appointed DLCD’s director Richard Whitman to serve as his interim Natural Resources Advisor.  “I am excited that Richard will be joining my team as my Natural Resources Advisor,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Richard’s expertise and experience are unmatched.  I can’t think of a better person to ensure stewardship of Oregon’s natural wealth is a cornerstone of our effort to build a more prosperous state.”
The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has appointed Jerry Lidz acting director of DLCD. Jerry will be in the acting director role effective Monday, March 7 through June 2011.  “DLCD is at the hub of so many efforts to maintain and enhance Oregon’s best qualities,” Jerry commented. “I’m excited by the opportunity to work with dedicated people on so many important and innovative projects.”
Jerry Lidz comes to DLCD with substantial experience in both state and local government.  He held several positions in the Department of Justice, including Attorney-in-Charge of the Natural Resources Section.  In 2009-10, he served as Solicitor General, head of the Appellate Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.  For more than 13 years, he also worked as a city attorney for cities ranging in size from 1500 to 150,000, most recently in the Eugene City Attorney’s office. He is a past president of the Oregon City Attorneys Association.

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