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The Challenge Day mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.

HomeTown Competitiveness


The 2014 Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, Change, Connect, Commit, Community, was held on Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario, Oregon. 4RHC provided marketing and administrative support for the bi-annual event thru paid staff and volunteer hours. This year's event featured more than 20 non-profit focused workshops and several guest speakers from Oregon and beyond.



The Institute's primary method for achieving community vitality is through a series of training classes called the Ford Institute Leadership Program. The program is based on the belief that vital rural communities develop from a broad base of knowledgeable, skilled and motivated leaders, a diversity of effective organizations, and productive collaborations among organizations.

The Ford Institute Leadership Program for rural communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, was first offered in 2003. The Institute selects four new communities to enter the program each spring and each fall. The series of trainings typically unfold in this sequence:

Year 1: Leadership Development (class 1)
Year 2: Effective Organizations
Year 3: Leadership Development (class 2)
Year 4: Community Collaborations
Year 5: Leadership Development (class 3)


The Economic Vitality Summit met to discuss the economics of the Western Treasure Valley. Approximately 125 people attended at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. Speakers Peter Crabb, Maury Forman and Milan Well presented an evaluation of the economics and some ideas on how to improve the economic condition of our area.


Over lunch, participants took part in a break-out session to discuss Industrial Lands, Healthcare, Rural Clues to Economic Success, Rural Economic Development, Youth and Economic Development, Technology, Faith and Energy. These discussions help engage the community to think about the how all those factors effect our success.

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