Monroe Oregon is located in South-East Benton County and nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range. Strategically positioned in the mid-Willamette Valley, the City of Monroe is between Corvallis and Oregon State University to the north and Eugene with the University of Oregon to the south. This unique location offers very diverse opportunities including hiking and mountain biking, fishing on the Alsea River, Division I sports at both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, or wine tasting at local wineries. Monroe’s beautiful natural surroundings offers an attractive site for business and tourist development.
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, twenty-one participants attended the Strategic Doing Workshop at the Monroe Community Library. Representatives from regional organizations such as the Oregon West Cascades Council of Governments and The Long Tom Watershed Council were in attendance and have committed to supporting the initiative going forward. The workshop was a collaboration between the City of Monroe and the University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program. The workshop was led by Taylor Evans, City of Monroe’s Community Development Coordinator, and facilitated by Aniko Drlik-Muehleck and Titus Tomlinson, from the University of Oregon’s (RARE) AmeriCorps Program.