Community and Economic Development
The vitality of our communities relies on economic opportunities and strong local services. The Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE, formerly the Community Service Center) works to enhance this vitality by engaging communities, businesses, trade associations, and nonprofit partners in planning for vibrant, sustainable local economies.
Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces
Public recreational spaces provide opportunities for people to develop more active lifestyles and gain access to healthier environments. IPRE partners with communities and park districts across the state to develop parks and open space plans that will best serve local residents and visitors.
Natural Hazards and Community Resilience
Communities are threatened by numerous hazards, from chronic floods and storms to potentially catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis. IPRE helps local governments plan ahead for such events, reducing their impact and speeding recovery.
Engaging people in planning and public policy is central to the democratic process. IPRE assists communities in developing appropriate strategies to engage community members in planning and public policy issues.
As technology, policy, and resources shift, so must our strategies for transporting people and goods. IPRE develops plans to expand and enhance transportation systems to include more sustainable options.
Food is an essential need for all communities, and the systems that generate and distribute that food are becoming increasingly complicated. IPRE brings expertise to planning for innovative food systems that serve the needs of local communities sustainably.
Oregon’s unique natural resources are important for local economies and quality of life. IPRE works with communities to develop strategies for sustainable use and conservation of natural resources.
Equity and Human Rights
Communities are responsible for serving all residents equitably. IPRE designs projects to incorporate public input and address human rights issues directly.