OREGON CITY - Oregon City is re-imagining the site of the
former Blue Heron Paper Mill for the future. Thousands of area
residents have taken part in discussions and surveys about the
future of the site, which served for many years as the industrial
center of the region.
Clackamas Community College, a key resource for education and
training in the community, is an important voice in shaping the
future of the college district. CCC and the mill have been linked
through decades of history and will continue as the site is
re-imagined for future generations.
CCC will present a forum and discussion on the Willamette Falls
Legacy Project (WFLP) on Tuesday, April 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the
McLoughlin Auditorium. The WFLP will be the featured topic in the
college's spring Inservice gathering. The presentation was
originally scheduled for February but was canceled due to a
CCC President Joanne Truesdell will make opening remarks,
followed by an overview of the WFLP by Tony Konkol of the city of
Oregon City. Mark Garber, president of by the Portland Tribune and
Community Newspapers, will facilitate a panel discussion about the
Participants in the panel include Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley,
Jim Desmond of Metro, Clackamas County Commissioner Martha
Schrader, Executive Director Amber Holveck of the Oregon City
Chamber of Commerce, and Sandy Carter of the Willamette Falls
Heritage Foundation. CCC instructors Jackie Flowers and Andy Mingo
will talk about their work documenting the stories of the Blue
Heron Paper Mill.
When Blue Heron closed in 2011, CCC played a prominent role in
assisting the mill workers who lost their jobs, many of whom spent
their entire working lives at the mill. CCC responded with
workforce advising, emergency vehicle repairs, transportation
assistance, emergency medical assistance and child care. Workforce
Services at CCC provided support and training to prepare the former
mill workers for new careers in fields that include health care,
manufacturing, automotive and production.
The program is open to the public. For more information, contact
Janet Paulson at 503-594-3162.