Archive of Past Editions

Fall 2016

Issue Theme(s):

Economic development

Incentive-based business attraction strategies like the ones employed by the Central Oregon region to attract Facebook data centers are a favorite economic development tool for...  View Issue

Spring 2016

Issue Theme(s):

Umpqua Community College

Oct. 1, 2015, was a day that rocked our world and broke our hearts. The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College was so personal, so local, so much about us. The kind of tragedy...  View Issue

Fall 2015

Issue Theme(s):

Community-Based Change

In July, Ford Institute Director Roque Barros and Associate Director Max Gimbel met with a community action team in Ontario. The group had identified 10 priorities after a Ford...  View Issue

A photo of new home construction is superimposed over a scene of devastation caused by a fire.

Spring 2015

Issue Theme(s):

Disaster Resilience

On the morning of Sept. 15, 2014, people in the northern California community of Weed were enjoying a sunny fall day. Children were settling into their week at school. The Weed...  View Issue

Fall 2014

Issue Theme(s):

Early Childhood Development

What happens in early childhood matters. Those of us who have dedicated our careers to early childhood issues know that the early years of life are crucial not only for individual...  View Issue

Tsunami warning sign along the Oregon Coast

Spring 2014

Issue Theme(s):

Disaster Resilience

No one likes to think that he or she will ever experience a catastrophic event — a natural or manmade disaster that puts lives and communities at risk. Yet we’ve seen it happen...  View Issue

Fall 2013

Issue Theme(s):

Men as Leaders

When I was a younger mother (a long time ago), I was worried about my 15-year-old son. He was defiant. He was a marginal performer at school and lacked motivation. I kept thinking...  View Issue

Stick of red lipstick next to word "Leader" written with lipstick

Spring 2013

Issue Theme(s):

Women as Leaders

For the past few years, I have been privileged to volunteer as a board member for a large, local nonprofit organization. The organization is complex and provides services that are...  View Issue

Fall 2012

Issue Theme(s):

Economic development

For many years, my family has taken camping trips with several other families. It’s a lot of fun, but it also was a lot of work. The process would start in midwinter, as we...  View Issue

Spring 2012

Issue Theme(s):

Making a difference

The Ford Institute for Community Building has been conducting leadership classes in rural communities throughout Oregon and northern California for the last nine years. The...  View Issue

Fall 2011

Issue Theme(s):

A century of rural

It is hard for me to reconcile that at age 65 I’ve lived about one third of Oregon’s history since Lewis and Clark visited our north coast in 1805. Yet, it is rather easy to look...  View Issue

Sheeps graze in a meadow

Spring 2011

Issue Theme(s):

Food systems

Oregon rancher Connie Hatfield often visits urban grocery stores in her role as co-founder of the Country Natural Beef cooperative. When she tells customers that she is from a...  View Issue

Fall 2010

Issue Theme(s):

Shared vision

It’s almost impossible to read the news and not find a story about a community in trouble. We hear about high unemployment rates and low graduation percentages, empty storefronts...  View Issue

Spring 2010

Issue Theme(s):

Food systems

In the tiny town of Dayville (pop. 138), the general store does a lot more than sell groceries. It’s a feed store, a liquor store, a variety store and—like many rural mercantiles—...  View Issue