Oregon Statutes - Chapter 285A - Economic Development I - Section 285A.486 - Technical assistance; leadership training.

(1) Rural communities participating in the rural revitalization program established by ORS 285A.483 to 285A.495 shall be provided with technical assistance to:

(a) Assess their economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats;

(b) Develop short term and long term strategic plans based on the assessment;

(c) Assist the communities in developing organizational structures and other activities needed to implement and sustain their strategic plans; and

(d) Resolve problems that may arise in communities as they work to implement their strategic development plans.

(2) The program of leadership training carried on under ORS 285A.483 to 285A.495 shall develop the skills of individuals enrolled in the program by:

(a) Exposing program participants to a broad range of regional, national and international issues affecting rural areas.

(b) Teaching participants about effective management techniques, group problem solving methods and consensus building processes.

(c) Providing participants with training to improve their technical and analytical skills.

(d) Educating participants about the functions of local, state and national governments and the state legislative process.

(e) Teaching participants about the elements of effective leadership.

(f) Providing participants with opportunities to apply leadership skills to community development work.

(3) The Economic and Community Development Department shall ensure that the community development and leadership training efforts carried out under the rural revitalization program are coordinated with existing state and local community development and leadership training programs in a manner that contributes to the quality and effectiveness of the programs established by ORS 285A.483 to 285A.495, maximizes the use of available resources and expands development and training opportunities for communities and rural residents. The department shall coordinate programs under ORS 285A.483 to 285A.495 with other programs including, but not limited to, federal programs, the regional investment program established under ORS 285B.230 to 285B.269, the special public works program established under ORS 285B.410 to 285B.482, state workforce and job training programs, programs offered by the Oregon State University Extension Service and leadership training programs offered by local chambers of commerce. [Formerly 285.674; 1999 c.509 §58; 2005 c.835 §28]

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