Congressman Earl Blumenauer recognizes October as National Community Planning Month

October 3, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Earl Blumenauer recognized October as National Community Planning Month and urged his colleagues to do the same. 

This year’s theme, “Civic Engagement,” acknowledges that thoughtful local planning cannot happen without meaningful community involvement. Recognizing National Community Planning Month provides an opportunity to highlight the essential role that planning plays in creating communities of lasting value.

“In my home state of Oregon, our commitment to planning became an official part of our state policy structure in 1973 with the passage of Senate Bill 100,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “We developed a strong planning program with nineteen Statewide Planning Goals, including promoting citizen involvement, stimulating economic development, and preserving ocean resources. Over forty years later, the ‘Oregon Story’ of economic growth, sustainability, and deliberate development is as compelling as ever.”

As founder of the Congressional Livable Communities Task Force and Co-Chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus, Congressman Blumenauer has sought to rebuild and renew America’s infrastructure, protect our natural and urban resources, and support programs that enhance public health. Our country’s planners are instrumental in this effort.