The Oregon Coastal Caucus (CC) announces that the 7th Annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit (OCCES) will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, August 22-23, at Chinook Winds Casino and Resort in Lincoln City.
This year’s Summit is presented in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz. This series of important meetings will bring together congressional, state, local and tribal leaders, public policy advocates, academics and private partners to discuss a wide range of issues that reflect the unique economic diversity and needs of our coastal and rural communities.
The theme of this year’s Summit is “Education and The Sequestration of Carbon: A Collaborative Approach to Cap, Invest and Green Energy Job Growth.”
Various panel discussions will focus on strategies for leveraging the Coast's natural resources by addressing the promotion of carbon capture - a potentially major contribution to the removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
The OCCES will also provide a platform for consideration of the findings of the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s 2017 Forest Carbon Task Force (data provided by the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University) and an exploration of the possibilities of Oregon advancing innovative storage technologies for carbon reduction.
“This Summit will provide a forum for conversations needed to support the success of policies that impact our region and our way of life,” Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, said.
Johnson chairs the Coastal Caucus.
“We must give small businesses and natural resource industries in our rural and coastal areas the tools they need to survive and flourish,” she said.
As a long-time leader in the field of education, Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, in cooperation with his colleagues, will discuss the work of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Student Success and its efforts to identify the supports needed to prepare children for pre-kindergarten, strategies for addressing chronic school absenteeism and the opportunities of student re-engagement to increase high school graduation rates.
Roblan, a key organizer of the Summit, said the Coastal Caucus has put together an exciting event filled with opportunities for informative discussions between stakeholders from across our coastal and rural regions.
“The insights, experience and investment of time and energy from everyone at the Summit will play a critical role in helping to advance coastal and rural economic development,” Roblan said.
Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, is Vice Chair of the Oregon Coastal Caucus and serves as Vice Chair of the Legislature’s bicameral and bipartisan Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction.
“Any carbon policy in Oregon must take into consideration the contribution of our rural Oregon natural resources that provide significant carbon capture and storage,” Smith said. “As we move forward, our coastal-rural regions are poised to contribute the resources to bridge the gap that spans the urban-rural divide. Data-driven research will help facilitate the Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit carbon storage discussion while we look to grow our coastal and rural economies.”