Blumenauer Secures Funding for Oregon Priorities House Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act 2011

December 11, 2009
Press Release

Local projects of note include:

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•    Oregon Partnership Crisis Line for Oregon Military Families --$300,000—Funding will support a dedicated 24-hour crisis line in Oregon for returning soldiers and their families dealing with mental health, suicide, and alcohol and drug problems.

•    Clackamas County’s Methamphetamine Initiative--$550,000—This project has received national recognition as achieving significant results in combating methamphetamine.

•    West Coast Governor’s Agreement--$500,000-- Funding will support this proactive, regional collaboration to protect and manage ocean and coastal resources along the West Coast.

•    Portland Community College Sustainable Careers for Green Economic Recovery--$350,000-- Funding will help Portland Community College implement green job training programs.

•    Sellwood Bridge Replacement Project--$1,266,200—Project will reduce traffic and enhance safety on the 80 year old bridge.

•    Self Enhancement, Inc’s Youth Development Initiative--$525,000-- Funding will support an organization dedicated to helping underserved youth realize their full potential through comprehensive year-round academic, enrichment, and family involvement programs.

Bill

Requester

Project Name

Description

Final Amount

CJS

Clackamas County

Clackamas County Methamphetamine Initiative

Clackamas County’s Adult Initiative and Juvenile Initiative have been nationally recognized as achieving significant results combating methamphetamine. Funding will support the centerpiece of the Adult Initiative: he Clackamas County Inter-Agency Task Force (CCITF), which seeks to identify, investigate and prosecute repeat offenders across the region, crosses traditional jurisdictional boundaries, and bridges barriers between agencies that typically hinder prosecution.

$550,000

CJS

Multnomah County

Department of Community Justice Re-entry Services, Elder Abuse

The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) is the county agency responsible for adult probation, parole supervision, and juvenile justice services for Oregon’s largest county. This funding request would support services designed to break cycles of addiction, criminality, and homeless that cost Oregon communities millions in criminal justice costs. Additionally, these transition services are geared towards getting former offenders back to work.

$500,000

CJS

Oregon Health & Science University

The Multidisciplinary Institute for Neuropsychiatric Diagnostic (MIND)

Funding would support the development of more advanced criteria for diagnosing and classifying the psychiatric disorders that may underlie or result from methamphetamine abuse.

$200,000

CJS

State of Oregon

West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health

Funding will support this proactive, regional collaboration to protect and manage ocean and coastal resources along the West Coast. Launched in 2006 by the Governors of Oregon, Washington, and California, the Agreement advances regional ocean governance. Federal funds will support the priorities of the associate Action plan, including addressing climate change, polluted run-off, marine debris, spartina eradication, integrated ecosystem assessments, sustainable ocean energy development, education, and regional sediment management. They will be distributed through a competitive grant program. Dozens of jobs are expected to be created by the implementation of this program, including research positions, habitat restoration experts, and coastal jobs supporting green ports and clean marinas.

$500,000

LaborHHS

Oregon Health & Science University

OHSU: Oregon Translational Genomics

The Oregon Center for Translational Genomics at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) will develop new, individualized avenues for diagnosing disease, finding new treatments, and analyzing responses to treatments. The Center will be a shared resource for Oregon’s scientists, focusing on finding specific genetic markers that predict disease risk and treatment response.  Diseases such as cancer, type II diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, alcohol and substance abuse and rarer diseases will be an initial focus.  OHSU will soon be acquiring through private support a state-of-the-art instrument designed to sequence genes at significantly high rates of speed.  Federal appropriations would be used for computer hardware to manage the additional data generated by this advanced instrumentation and additional scientists with expertise in bioinformatics, biostatistics, and molecular genetics.

$200,000

LaborHHS

Oregon Partnership

Preventing Suicide Among Oregon Soldiers and Providing Support to Military Families

This project request would create a dedicated 24-hour crisis line in Oregon for returning soldiers and their families dealing with mental health, suicide, and alcohol and drug problems.

$300,000

LaborHHS

Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus

Sustainable Careers for Green Economic Recovery

Funding will help Portland Community College implement green job training programs. Green job opportunities, such as solar heating panel installation and other hybrid engine mechanical support, continue to grow even in this economic climate.  Portland Community College will work with local businesses and students to ensure that these programs prepare students for the 21st century workforce.

$350,000

LaborHHS

Self Enhancement, Inc.

Youth Development Initiative

This funding would support an organization dedicated to helping underserved youth realize their full potential through comprehensive year-round academic, enrichment, and family involvement programs. Funds would support programming and increase the number of students served. Self Enhancement Inc has a 98% high school graduation rate for their students.

$525,000

MilCon/VA

Oregon Military Department

Camp Withycombe Infrastructure (Storm Sewer)

Funds would be used to repair and replace existing storm water lines in necessary preparation for building the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe.

$1,226,000

THUD

Multnomah County

Sellwood Bridge Replacement Project

The current 80-year old Sellwood Bridge is both functionally and structurally obsolete.  This project will reduce congestion at each of the bridge heads as well as enhance safety by reducing the hazard of head-on collisions between vehicles traveling on the narrow lanes.

$1,266,200

THUD

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Columbia River Crossing

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River and its approaches cause the worst traffic congestion in the Portland/Vancouver metro region and are one of the key bottlenecks on the I-5 trade corridor.  This funding, if secured, will be used for preliminary engineering to support any of the bridge options currently under consideration by the region.

$1,000,000

 

THUD

Tri-Met

South Corridor I-205/Portland Mall Light Rail Project

This project would fund the 8.3 mile TriMet light rail extension from downtown Portland to the Clackamas Regional Center. The project is authorized in SAFETEA-LU and is included in the President’s fiscal year 2009 budget.  Since the decision to build light rail in the Portland
region, nearly $3 billion of development has occurred within walking distance of MAX. The
project supports implementation of the region’s 2040 plan, which focuses on regional and town centers, all served by TriMet’s high capacity transit system. The Final Environmental Impact Statement published in November 2004 reflects 2,760 direct jobs, 1,780 indirect jobs and 3,040 induced jobs giving a total of 7,580 jobs.

$74,229,000

 

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