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In her first year in office, Governor Kotek kept her promise to visit every county in the state. The goal of these visits was to build strong, working partnerships across our state. Governor Kotek focused on listening to communities to talk about their hopes, challenges, and how the state can be a partner on housing and homelessness, behavioral health, education, and the issues unique to each county.Use the map below to see highlights from the Governor’s visit to each county.
The Governor traveled to Seaside and Astoria. She toured Hyak Maritime
at Tongue Point and Liberty Theatre, walked in downtown Astoria
featuring a stop at Raintown Vintage Collective, and participated in a
roundtable at CareOregon.
Governor Kotek traveled to Vernonia and St. Helens for community
conversations on education, mental health and recovery, and housing
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Portland and Gresham for
discussions on housing, homelessness, and community violence
prevention. They then attended a ground blessing for the future
permanent home for Latino Network and the New Year in the Park
Governor Kotek traveled to Hood River. She led a discussion with child
care providers about early learning and heard from providers about
behavioral health services in the region after touring the
Mid-Columbia Center for Living.
Governor Kotek traveled to Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Roy, and
Beaverton. She toured the semiconductor fabrication plant at Intel,
visited Adelante Mujeres and Duyck Family Farm, and met with local
Governor Kotek traveled to Tillamook where she held a childcare
roundtable with providers, local elected officials, and business
leaders at Tillamook Creamery. The Governor also toured Victor Dairy
for an in-depth look at one of Tillamook’s dairy farms.
Prior to the inauguration, the Governor-elect and First Lady
participated in three small group conversations on mental health and
addiction care, early learning, and housing and homelessness.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to Estacada, Oregon City,
Gladstone, and Milwaukie to discuss community development, housing,
supporting survivors of domestic violence, transportation, childcare
needs, among other topics.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Smith Farms, a family-owned
wheat farm, and then toured Sherman County School.
Governor Kotek traveled to The Dalles. She discussed housing and
homelessness at the Columbia Gorge Food Bank and toured Pacific Coast
Producers to learn about the history of cherries in the region.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Condon and Arlington. They
visited some stores on Main Street and then participated in a
roundtable conversation about early childhood education. They also
toured the Columbia Ridge Landfill, the largest landfill in the
Northwest and the largest employer in the county.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to Boardman to meet with
students and early childhood educators, and discuss the need to
recruit and retain more teachers. They then held a listening session
with residents who have been impacted by water contamination in the
Lower Umatilla Basin.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to Echo, Hermiston, and
Pendleton. Their trip focused on issues facing the Latino/a community
in the region, flooding from the Umatilla River, affordable housing
and homeless services in the area.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to La Grande and Elgin for
conversations on early literacy, educator preparation, affordable
housing, and more.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to Enterprise and Joseph to
discuss behavioral healthcare in rural communities, community needs
for workforce housing, and visit Wallowa Lake State Park.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to Toledo, Newport, and
Lincoln City for community discussions on behavioral health,
education, housing, and more.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to Philomath and Corvallis
to discuss career and technical education, advanced manufacturing and
the CHIPS Act, and behavioral health and housing.
Governor Kotek traveled to Dallas, Monmouth, and Independence for
community conversations on housing and homelessness, behavioral
health, and economic development, including a ride on the new MI
Governor Kotek traveled to Aumsville, Detroit, Silverton, and
Woodburn. She met with local leaders to discuss housing and
homelessness, wildfire recovery, and agriculture and natural
The Governor traveled to Albany, Tangent, Shedd, Sweet Home, and
Lebanon. She held a roundtable discussion on housing, visited the
community carousel in Albany, met with local leaders in Tangent,
toured a grass seed farm and low-barrier shelter, and wrapped up the
day touring a veterans retirement home.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Culver and Madras. They
visited Macy Farms, a carrot seed farm. They also met with Jefferson
County leaders and visited the Madras Campus of Central Oregon
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Redmond and Bend. They
participated in a Latino Community Engagement meeting, visited the
Redmond farmers market, and toured the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Prineville for a round table
discussion on behavioral health, met with city and county leaders, and
shared dinner at House Republican Leader Vikki Breese Iverson's
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Mitchell and Fossil. They
visited John Day Fossil Beds National Monument where they discussed
the unique research and educational value of the monument. In Fossil,
they sat down with community leaders at Asher Community Health Care to
learn about the health care, emergency response, elder care, and
workforce housing needs in the area.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Prairie City and John Day. The
Governor signed Senate Bill 955, the AgriStress Suicide Hotline Bill,
held a conversation about tourism development, discussed regional
issues with local leaders.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Baker City. They visited the
Powder River Correctional Facility, toured Baker Technical Institute
to learn more about their workforce development program, and visited
Betty's Books in downtown Baker City. They also stopped in at
Sweet Wife Baker and met owner Jenny Moew, a former professional WNBA
and Oregon Ducks basketball player.
The Governor and First Lady visited Springfield, the McKenzie River
Valley, Cottage Grove, Veneta, and Eugene. They had discussions on
success for underserved youth, wildfire recovery, housing and
homelessness, and met with local leaders on other regional topics.
Governor Kotek and the First Lady traveled to Yoncalla and Roseburg to
speak with local community members about education and early learning;
mental health and recovery; and housing and homelessness.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Bandon and Coos Bay. They met
with the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance and their partners, hosted an
early education roundtable, and joined a homelessness resources
roundtable at The Devereux Center.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Gold Beach and Port Orford.
They met with U.S. Forest Service and Coos Forest Protective
Association representatives, visit to Gold Beach Book and Art Gallery,
and stopped at Port Orford Sustainable Seafood.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Grants Pass. They toured
Options for Southern Oregon's crisis resolution center, visited
Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, and went to
Redwood Terrace Assisted Living Community and a discussion with local
leaders who serve older Oregonians.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Medford, Ashland, Talent, and
Central Point. They met with local leaders, held a roundtable with
wildfire survivors and organizations, and toured Rogue Creamery.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Bly and Klamath Falls. They
toured Klamath Falls Head Start and held a discussion on early
education, met with tribal leaders, and discussed key issues with
local elected officials.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Christmas Valley, where they
discussed economic development and renewable energy. In Lakeview, they
met with local leaders, held a routable discussion on behavioral
health, and viewed the Dark Sky sanctuary being proposed for parts of
Lake, Harney, and Malheur counties.
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Hines and Burns for a
roundtable discussion with the High Desert Partnership, breakfast with
representatives from the Burns Paiute Tribe, and a meeting with local
The Governor and First Lady traveled to Ontario, where they met with
local elected officials, participated in a conversation about housing
and education, and held a roundtable discussion at Treasure Valley
Community College on economic development.
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