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The Oregon Way

April 21st, 2009

On February 11, 2009, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski issued an executive order (link opens as a PDF) creating a new public/private partnership to advance Oregon’s recovery. Peggy Fowler (OSU/College of Science Parent), Catherine Mater (Political Science ’75; M.S., Civil Engineering ’84), and Jim Walls (Wildlife Science ’75) have been appointed to the group which will coordinate federal stimulus money coming to Oregon.

The new partnership, called The Oregon Way Advisory Group, will use Oregon’s green advantage to compete and win grant dollars included in theĀ American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Barack Obama. The Act includes $37 billion in competitive grants. For specific information on these grant dollars, please visit www.staterecovery.org/federal-assistance.

The group will advise and assist state agencies and other partners seeking federal competitive grants by developing innovative proposals that create immediate jobs and promote renewable energy, reduce carbon, encourage greater energy efficiency or sustainable development.

Ms Fowler recently retired from Portland General Electric as CEO and President. Mrs. Mater is president of the Corvallis engineering firm Mater Engineering, Ltd., and director of Sustainability Programs at OSU. Mr. Walls is executive director for the Lake County Resources Initiative, a nonprofit in Lakeview, Oregon working on natural resource projects.

For more information, visit the website at Oregon.gov.

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