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Mayors from around the state convene in Florence

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 31st, 2012

Mayors from around the state, a number of representatives from state agencies and other organizations converged in Florence last week and through the weekend for the annual Oregon Mayors Conference.

City representatives and their guests and most scheduled events were based at the Driftwood Shores Resort, and Florence Mayor Phil Brubaker was the primary host.

Brad Avakian, commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, delivered the keynote address on Thursday, July 28. His speech focused on the need for quality after-school care and activities for young people.

Brubaker said that Avakian spoke about how mayors and city councils can work with schools and have a role in ensuring their communities have development programs for youth.

The local mayor pointed out how Florence might be considered the “poster child” for cities that support organizations with school-age youth services, thanks to the Western Lane Boys and Girls Club.

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, among the approximately 80 mayors who attended, also appreciated the BOLI summit.

“We have to use everything at our disposal to be sure our kids are on the pathway to job opportunities and success in their lives,” said Piercy in an email interview Monday.

“We talked about how mayors can be supportive of these programs and their alignment with the regular school programs. With our schools facing so many challenges, these programs can offer additional academic help, music, art, exercise and much more that we have lost so much of in our regular school program. And they can do that without jeopardizing basic school financing. … Communities thrive when their children and families thrive,” she said.

For the complete article see the 08-01-2012 issue.

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