OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU to teach community groups to assess their economic impact

01/07/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service will offer a two-day online workshop to help community groups and agencies show how they contribute to the economy as they gear up to ask elected officials for funding.

The first part will be offered Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second half will take place Feb. 1, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bruce Sorte, a community economist for the OSU Extension Service and OSU's rural studies program, will teach the sessions, which will feature interactive activities and group projects. The classes will be delivered live via Adobe Connect web conferencing software, allowing people to participate from their home computers. For a more interactive group experience, people can also participate by using computers at eight Extension Service offices throughout the state (listed below).

Participants will learn to tell their organization’s story to community constituents and elected officials as well as calculate their organization’s value and financial worth to its local community and the state.

To learn more, register and reserve a spot at a community computer lab, go to ecampus.oregonstate.edu/pse. The course costs $50. Group discounts are available upon inquiry.

The following locations will have a computer lab available to participants:

Coos County Extension Office
Ohlsen Baxter Building
631 Alder St.
Myrtle Point
541-572-5263

Crook County Open Campus
498 S.E. Lynn Blvd. (OSU Extension Office)
Prineville
541-447-6228

Lake County Extension Office
103 S.E. St.
Lakeview
541-947-6054

Tillamook County Open Campus
2204 Fourth St.
Tillamook
503-842-8222 ext. 1870

Umatilla County Extension Conference Room
Umatilla Hall Room 100
2411 N.W. Carden
Pendleton
541-278-5403

Union County Extension Office
10507 N. McAlister Rd., Room 9
La Grande
541-963-1010

Wallowa County Extension Office
668 N.W. First St.
Enterprise
541-426-3143

Wasco County Extension Office
400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 2.278
The Dalles
541-296-5494