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Rating Gov. Kulongoski's visit to Sylvania as a success

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Gov. Ted Kulongoski, center, speaks during the first meeting of his new Oregon Way advisory panel, which will help the governor pick environmentally friendly projects seeking federal funds from the stimulus bill. To his left is Wally Van Valkenburg, co-chair of the committee and an attorney with Stoel Rives. In the foreground is Victor Merced, director of Oregon Housing and Community Services (Photo by James G. Hill)

Well, from the feedback we received, yesterday’s visit by Gov. Ted Kulogoski and his new advisory panel was a hit. The panel members seemed to enjoy their time on the Sylvania Campus.

(Of course, Sylvania students, staff and faculty didn’t dig losing an entire parking lot yesterday, but hey…it was just for one day.)

The advisory panel will be looking at environmental projects that are seeking federal dollars from the stimulus bill passed by Congress. Among the pitches was our own President Preston Pulliams, who brought to the panel a project that would use bond money, private-sector money and federal money to retrofit the Sylvania Campus to meet LEED standards for being environmentally friendly. Should this come to pass, we would be the only campus — in the nation! — to accomplish such a thing.

I’ll keep you up to speed on how this project is going.


About Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes, joined PCC in 2007 as the manager of the Office of Public Affairs, directing the college's media and government relations. Haynes spent the previous 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for Oregon newspapers, including ... more »