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ODDA Resource Team Program Evaluation prepared by Michael A. Cerbone, Graduate Student, University of Oregon, PPPM
Rural Development Initiatives
Mike Cerbone Mike Cerbone, a grad student in the community and regional planning program at the University of Oregon, is on the fast track to success.In 2001 he was a RARE intern working as an assistant planner with the City of Waldport and a contract planner with an independent firm.
heard about upcoming RFF training, he
jumped at the opportunity. Mike
gained valuable experience through the training.Far younger than the other RFF participants, he
found himself rubbing elbows with mayors, planning directors and other rural decision makers."It was great being exposed to community leaders and a variety of rural projects," Mike recalls.Specific skills he
learned include dealing effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, grant writing, and dispute resolution.Today, he's
putting those skills to use in his
new role as a field services representative with the Oregon Downtown Development Association
was a great experience," Mike
Staff and Board Members of ODDA
Mike CerboneField Services Rep
Mailing Address: PO Box 2912 Salem OR 97308 Site Address: 161 High St SE #236
Rogue River, Oregon - Visitor and Relocation information
Gold Hill has many great qualities to capitalize on, said ODDA representative Mike Cerbone, whose resource team took pictures and investigated all aspects of the city, including its history.Location close to Interstate 5 and along the Rogue River, plus the fact hundreds of people drive through town on their way to the Crater Lake National Park "have tremendous potential to attract tourist dollars," he said.
Ideas included promoting connections between points of interest which would encourage people to walk instead of drive, Cerbone
Historically, Gold Hill's main street was Fourth Avenue."Revitalizing Fourth Avenue would improve economic development," said Cerbone
.There were many "missing teeth" along that street which could be filled in with buildings with similar facades to the ones still remaining, he
said."New buildings also could bring the focus back to the unique history of the area."
By connecting back to its past, Gold Hill could form a link to its gold mining history.One idea would be a gold mining interpretive center at the Sports Park
, said Cerbone
. The Sports Park
is a valuable resource, he
said.Possibilities for expanded use would be a bicycle motocross (BMX) track or skate park to give middle school age students something to do in town.Bike paths could also be extended and trails established to connect community interest points.
The city could capitalize on its close proximity to the Rogue River by improving access to the beach area, said Cerbone
."Second Avenue is only a block away from the river," he
The ideas presented at the meeting were only for consideration by residents, Cerbone
said."It's up to the people who live here to decide what they want."
The ODDA meetings were sponsored by the Gold Hill City Council
, the Gold Hill Planning Commission
and the Gold Hill Community Development Organization
Having so many people give their time for city improvement is just one more thing which makes Gold Hill unique, said Cerbone