Community training opportunity: Make a difference for housing, transit, water, agriculture, climate, and more. 

Right now, across Central Oregon, important decisions are being made that impact all of us. These decisions are often made with little community input, creating a mismatch between decisions made and the real and growing needs of our community for things like affordable, accessible housing, public transportation, access to locally produced healthy foods, and a stable climate.

Since 2012 the 1000 Friends of Oregon‘s leadership training program (LULI) has trained emerging community leaders on Oregon’s land use system and how it shapes the most-pressing land development issues such as housing and transportation. LULI works to prepare participants to be effective stakeholders in local and state decisions about issues that matter to them. This year 1000 Friends of Oregon, AARP Oregon, Central Oregon Landwatch, and the Transportation and Growth Management Program at DLCD are excited to co-sponsor a Central Oregon program focused on local issues.

2022 Central Oregon Program
The 2022 LULI Program will consist of nine training sessions from October through March. Each session will focus in-depth on one specific issue to provide participants with a deeper understanding of land use advocacy.

Topics include: Land Use 101, Urban Growth Boundaries, Housing, Transportation and Public Transit, Water, and other local issues.

Logistics: Meetings will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Transportation and childcare subsidies available, just check the box when you apply. The full list of dates are on the attached flyer and in the application.

We would really like to meet in-person, and if we are able to we will rotate between Prineville, Sisters, Redmond, and Bend locations. But will only do so if we are confident that we can meet in a way that is safe and healthy and follows public health guidance to prevent the spread of Covid-19. If we cannot meet in person, we will hold sessions as scheduled remotely with multiple options for participation. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we all navigate this together.

How to apply: We want to get applications in as quickly as possible so that we have time to review them and notify the 20-24 folks we have space for well ahead of the October 24th starting session. We are hoping to have applications in by Monday September 26th, but please let me know if you anticipate needing an extension. Thanks to our many sponsors there is no charge to participate. If you would like a paper application or need assistance filling out the application, contact Michelle at or (541) 292-8201.

Click the link here to apply!