The Community Service Center (CSC) of Oregon is an interdisciplinary organization that assists Oregon communities by providing planning and technical assistance to help solve local issues and improve the quality of life for Oregon residents. The CSC is housed at the University of Oregon. The role of the CSC is to link the skills, expertise and innovation of higher education with the economic development and environmental needs of communities and regions in the State of Oregon, thereby providing service to Oregon and learning opportunities to the students involved.

Through the service-learning programs provided by the CSC, student participants gain important service and professional experience by helping to solve community and regional issues.

Through its programs, the CSC works to establish relationships and strengthen the partnerships between faculty and students on Oregon University System (OUS) campuses and community representatives, state and local agencies and non-profit organizations. The CSC provides eight interrelated services.

  • Community service coordination
  • Community problem solving
  • Connections with state and federal agencies
  • Annual conference
  • Technical assistance
  • Community short courses
  • Training for communities
  • Applied research

The CSC is currently administering four programs designed to serve the needs of rural communities in Oregon, and provide UO students with experiential, issue-focused service learning opportunities.

  1. Community Planning Workshop (CPW) is a campus-based, two-term required course in which teams of University of Oregon Community and Regional Planning graduate students work under the direction of CSC staff members performing contract research for client groups in Oregon.
  2. Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) trains and places graduate level students in communities where they live and work for a year helping to improve economic and environmental conditions in rural Oregon.
  3. Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR) assists communities by addressing natural hazards through the application of land-use and environmental planning techniques, research, public education and community capacity building; and offering educational opportunities in applied natural hazard mitigation activities to students.
  4. Housing and Urban Development Fellows (HUD Fellows) supports minority and economically disadvantaged graduate students through financial aid and work experience. HUD fellows are placed in local government or non-profit work organizations.

For more information on the Center and its programs visit the Community Service Center's web site.

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Recent Submissions

  • EWEB McKenzie Basin Agriculture Producer Survey 

    Parker, Robert; MacFarland, Kate (2011-01)
    The Eugene Water and Electric board is interested in learning about perceptions of agricultural producers—farmers, ranchers, and other growers—in the McKenzie Watershed. The University of Oregon' ...
  • 2010 Silverton Community Survey 

    Unknown author (2010-08)
    This survey is to gather information from Silverton residents regarding their thoughts and feelings on the quality of life in Silverton, job creation and economic development, city services and local government, parks ...
  • Mt. Hood Territory Website Evaluation 

    West, Amanda; Tosuntikool, Neil; Kribs, Tracy; Berumen, Daniel (2010-07)
    An evaluation of current CCTACA website through the eyes of potential visitors, partners and staff of the organization
  • Douglas County Economic Development Forum Summary Report 

    Unknown author (2010-12)
    This report is an analysis of Douglas County’s current economic development efforts. The project includes the following elements: (1) an inventory and evaluation of economic plans in Douglas County; (2) a list of ...
  • Pivotal Leaders Network Formative Evaluation 

    Parker, Ro; Malone, Erin; Otwell, Claire (2010-09)
    The Pivotal Leaders Network engaged the University of Oregon’s Economic Development Center to conduct a formative evaluation of the Network. Members of the Pivotal Leaders network have been recognized by their peers as ...
  • Latino Small Businesses and Downtown Development 

    Parker, Robert; Steiner, Bethany; Steckler, Becky; López, Monique; Bates, Kal; Buzby, April; Hagerman, Casey; Herrera, Roanel; Stewart, Jessie (University of Oregon, 2012-12)
    In January 2010, the City of Woodburn updated its Downtown Development Plan. This report builds upon some of the strategies and action items in the Woodburn Downtown Development Plan, however, it focuses upon the Latino ...
  • Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership 2013-2018 Strategic Plan 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Parker, Bob; Steckler, Becky; Foster, Ian; Philips, Madeleine (University of Oregon, 2013-05)
    This report, the Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Partnership 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, identifies the key issues facing the organization, and suggests goals, strategies, and actions to address those issues.
  • Business Incentives and Economic Development in Lane County 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Parker, Robert; San Filippo, Angela; Forsell, Erik; Michael, Leigh Anne (University of Oregon, 2013-10)
    Lane County Economic Development is reviewing its practices related to business incentives. This report presents research on the purpose of business incentives, what kinds of business incentives are common practice for ...
  • Programmatic Recommendations for EWEB's Voluntary Incentive Program 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Parker, Robert; Rafuse, Steve; Breslow, Jay; Forsell, Erik; Louw, Andrew; Philibosian, Scarlett (University of Oregon, 2013-09)
    In 2001, the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) established a Water Source Protection Program to evaluate and mitigate risks to water quality. As part of its Source Water Protection Program, EWEB is exploring the possibility ...
  • City of Sisters Parks Master Plan 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Parker, Robert; West, Amanda; Stevenson, Patty; Parcell, Serena; Patricolo, Francesca (University of Oregon, 2011-08)
    The Sisters Parks Master Plan is intended to guide development of the municipal parks system for the period between 2011 and 2030. This Plan is an update to the 2000 Sisters Oregon Parks Master Plan. It identifies ...
  • Salem Target Industry Analysis 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Parker, Robert; Becker, Brie; Barnes, Emma; Braseth, Mark; Gonzalez, Kim; Hayes, Brian (University of Oregon, 2011-06)
    This report presents the results of a focused analysis of selected target industries for the City of Salem. The Community Planning Workshop (CPW) evaluated four industries in this analysis: food processing, metal manufacturing, ...
  • Warrenton Parks Master Plan 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Parker, Robert; Gatz, Casey; Patricolo, Francesca; Scafa, Stephanie (University of Oregon, 2010-10)
    This is Warrenton’s first Parks Master Plan and it is designed to guide development of the City parks system over the next 20 years (from 2011 until 2030). Through this plan, the City of Warrenton will continue improving ...
  • Rexius Redevelopment Plan 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Parker, Robert; Stevenson, Patty; Beierle, Heidi (University of Oregon, 2010-08)
    Rexius contacted the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop (CPW) to conduct a site review, identify key planning and development issues, and to develop concept plans identifying redevelopment strategies for ...
  • Data collaboration at the City of Eugene: current practices and recommendations 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Witzig, Monica; Lopez, Monique G. (University of Oregon, 2011-08-31)
    Neighborhood Services, part of the City Manager’s office, contracted with the University of Oregon Community Planning Workshop (CPW) to (1) conduct a data and mapping needs assessment with designated City departments and ...
  • Arena Monitoring Report 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Steiner, Bethany; Bloomfield, Jessica; Dong, Baofeng; Hickson, Patricia; Meyer, Cody; Neighbor, Patricia (University of Oregon, 2011-07)
    The Matthew Knight Arena (Arena) is the new home of the University of Oregon’s basketball program. In winter 2011, the University contracted with the Community Planning Workshop (CPW) to monitor Arena operations and determine ...
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center Lane County Pilot Site Formative Evaluation 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop (University of Oregon, 2009-12)
    The Community Planning Workshop (CPW) at the University of Oregon was contracted to conduct a formative evaluation of the ADRC. Formative evaluation is used to modify or improve products, programs, or activities, and is ...
  • Pre‐Disaster Planning for Post‐Disaster Recovery: Case Studies 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop (University of Oregon, 2010-03)
    In coordination with a consultant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop (CPW) researched four post‐disaster recovery plans (PDRPs) developed by select ...
  • Lane County Local Food Market Analysis 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop; Macfarland, Kate; Becker, Brie; Bryant, Hannah; Garcia, Nicolas; Hobson, Benjamin; Mizejewski, Sarah; Schuler, Warren; Richey, David; Parker, Robert (University of Oregon, 2010-09)
    This report presents a market analysis of the local food system in Lane County with the core objective of identifying the opportunities to expand local markets for locally produced food.
  • Canby Community Center Market Assessment and Feasibility Analysis 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop (University of Oregon, 2010-07)
    Recognizing the need for detailed market information, the City of Canby contracted the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop (CPW) to conduct a market analysis and preliminary feasibility assessment for the ...
  • Results of the TGM Homebuilders Survey 

    University of Oregon. Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Community Planning Workshop (University of Oregon, 2005-06)
    The purpose of the survey was to gather information to gain a better understanding of developer perceptions of smart development projects. Specifically, the survey focused on why some developers and not others were embarking ...

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