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Mid-Valley Region​​ (Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties)
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Greg Ellis
Mid-Valley Regional Coordinator

Greg Ellis
Mid-Valley R​egion Coordinator 
971-209-8371 – Greg.Ellis@oregon.gov

Greg’s public service career began as the City Manager of Estacada, Oregon in 1995. In 2000 Greg became City Manager of Independence, Oregon where he worked for 10 years until being accepted as Canby, Oregon’s City Administrator in 2010. In March 2014 Greg was selected as the Regional Solutions Coordinator for the Mid-Willamette Valley which consists of Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.


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Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Center​
Location TBD



Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Staff

​​​Governor's Office ​–​ Greg Ellis​ OHCS –​ Karen Chase
DEQ –​ Mary Camarata OBDD (Busi​ness Development Officer) –​​ Mitchell Gee
DLCD –​​ Patrick Wingard

OBDD (Infrastructure Finance Authority) ​​ Michelle Bilberry
ODOT –​​ Tim Potter DSL ​​ Kirk Jarvie
ODOT –​​ Jae Pudewell ODFW –​ Steven Marx​
ODA –​​ Jerry Gardner OPRD Dennis Wiley



Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee
 
​​​Senator Jackie Winters
Convener – 
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Senator Jackie Winters
Convener, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Senator Winters has lived in Salem for 40 years, and has served in the Oregon Legislature since 1998 as both a Representative and a Senator.







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Chane Griggs
Philanthropic Representative  ​Read more »

Chane Griggs
Philanthropic Representative, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Ms. Griggs has held several positions with the State of Oregon, most recently as the Assistant Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, and is currently serving as the Regional Director for the Oregon Community Foundation: Northern Willamette Valley region.




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Jody Christensen
Business Representative –  Read more »

Jody Christensen
Business Representative, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Ms. Christensen is the Executive Director of the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, and served as President of the Oregon Economic Development Association.​






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Commissioner Craig Pope
AOC Representative  Read more »

Commissioner Craig Pope
AOC Representative, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Since being elected in 2012, Mr. Pope has served as a Polk County Commissioner. He also currently serves as a board member of the Association of Oregon Counties and the Association of O&C Counties, among other organizations.​




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Mayor John McArdle
LOC Representative –​ Read more »

Mayor John McArdle
LOC Representative, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

First elected to office by Independence voters in 1998, Mayor McArdle is also serving as Director of Development at Linn-Benton Community College.






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Kathryn Figley
Committee Appointment – ​Read more »


Kathryn Figley
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee










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Allen Springer
Committee Appointment –​ Read more »

Allen Springer
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee











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Commissioner Kevin Cameron
Committee Appointment –​ Read more »

Commissioner Kevin Cameron
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Kevin Cameron was appointed to the Marion County Board of Commissioners in June 2014 after serving more than nine years in the Oregon House of Representatives. Commissioner Cameron has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry as an employee, manager, entrepreneur and business owner. As a commissioner he focuses on economic development issues.



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​​Linda Norris
Committee Appointment –​ Read more »

Linda Norris
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Linda Norris is the City Manager of the City of Salem, and also serves as the Executive Director of the Salem Housing Authority and the Urban Renewal Agency​.







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​​Chad Freeman
Committee Appointment –​ Read more »

Chad Freeman
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Chad Freeman is the head of Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR), previously served as an Executive Officer with Oregon Business Development Department. Mr. Freeman earned an undergraduate degree in Finance, and a Masters in Business Administration from Colorado State University.



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Mark Weiss
Committee Appointment –​ Read more »

Mark Weiss
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Mark Weiss joined Western Oregon University in 2005, serving as president since 2011. He also serves on the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Prior to moving to Oregon, Mark served in a variety of positions with the international electronics firm of Siemens AG, including serving in the power generation sector as senior vice president-administration and finance, world-wide chief financial officer, and corporate director of U.S. based Siemens Power Corporation.​



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Julie Huckestein
Committee Appointment –​ Read more »

Julie Huckestein
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Julie Huckestein was appointed Interim President/CEO of Chemeketa Community College in July 2014. She joined Chemeketa in 2001, serving as the Vice President/CFO. She spent 14 years at Linn-Benton Community College, and worked for the Community Services Consortium and an accounting service providing accounting, tax, and business services to small businesses and non-profits.


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Kathleen Tom
Committee Appointment –​ Read more »

Kathleen Tom
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Kathleen Tom is a fourth-generation Tribal Council member. Her father served on the Restoration Tribal Council in the 1990s during the creation of Spirit Mountain Casino and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. She attended North Salem High School, Chemeketa Community College and Western Business College. Prior to her election in 2005, she had her own business as a private investigator, which was one of her most interesting and enjoyable jobs. Kathleen was elected to Tribal Council in September 2005 and re-elected in 2008. During her second term of office she served as the Tribal Council Secretary. She was re-elected to the Tribal Council in 2011 and is now serving her third term. Kathleen is proud to follow in the footsteps of her parents who were and still are strong advocates of doing what inspires your passion. She is very proud to say that she has followed in her ancestors’ footsteps for four generations. As a leader of the Grand Ronde Tribe, she takes this role as her most challenging but most rewarding.

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Julie Huckestein
Committee Appointment, Mid-Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee

Julie Huckestein was appointed Interim President/CEO of Chemeketa Community College in July 2014. She joined Chemeketa in 2001, serving as the Vice President/CFO. She spent 14 years at Linn-Benton Community College, and worked for the Community Services Consortium and an accounting service providing accounting, tax, and business services to small businesses and non-profits.


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