Region 2 Meetings (Cycle 2)

The Population Research Center (PRC) at Portland State University will be holding a series of public meetings relating to the Oregon Population Forecast Program.  Feedback from affected government entities, as well as the general public, is critical to the success of the program.

At the meetings there will be a presentation describing the Forecast Program, the procedures and data sources used, and historical population trends for local areas. The meeting will provide an opportunity for forecast team members to answer questions about the Forecast Program and for local government staff and members of the community to share information about their regions.

Web Conference or Call-in Instructions

The connection information and meeting ID is the same for all four meetings. You will be connected to the meeting that is in progress when you call or log in (see schedules below).

To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:  click here.

  • Or: iPhone one-tap : US: +14086380968,,7304748492#  or +16468769923,,7304748492#
  • Or: Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
           US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833 

Meeting ID: 730 474 8492
International numbers available:

Lane County

Oct 22, 2018 10:00 am to 11:15 am
Web conference only.
Lane County introductory presentation (.pdf)

Baker City, Oregon
October 24, 2018 - 10:00 am to 2:15  pm
City Hall Council Chamber
1655 First Street, Baker City, OR      

Meeting Schedule
Baker Co.  10:00 am - 11:15 am
(Baker City, Greenhorn, Haines, Halfway, Huntington, Richland, Sumpter, Unity)
Baker Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Malheur Co.  11:30 am - 12:45 pm 
(Adrian, Jordan Valley, Nyssa, Ontario, Vale)
Malheur Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Grant  Co. 1:00 pm-2:15 pm
(Canyon City, Dayville, Granite, John Day, Long Creek, Monument, Mt. Vernon, Prairie City, Seneca)
Grant Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

La Grande, Oregon
Oct. 25, 2018  10:00 am - 2:15 pm
Eastern Oregon University
Integrated Services Building
1607 Gekeler Lane
La Grande, OR 97850

Meeting Schedule
Union  Co. 10:00 am - 11:15 am
(Cove, Elgin, Imbler, Island City, La Grande, North Powder, Summerville, Union)
Union Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Umatilla  Co. 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
(Adams, Athena, Echo, Helix, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Pilot Rock, Stanfield, Ukiah, Umatilla, Weston)
Umatilla Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Wallowa Co.1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
(Enterprise, Joseph, Lostine, Wallowa)
Wallowa Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Boardman, Oregon
Oct. 26, 2018  9:30 am - 3:15 pm
Workforce Training Center
251 Olson Road
Boardman, OR 97818

Meeting Schedule
Morrow Co. 9:30 am - 10:45 am
(Boardman, Heppner, Ione, Irrigon, Lexington)
Morrow Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Gilliam Co. 11:00 am- 12:15 pm
(Arlington, Condon, Lonerock)
Gilliam Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Sherman Co. 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
(Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, Wasco)
Sherman Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

Wheeler Co. 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
(Fossill, Mitchell, Spray)
Wheeler Co. introductory presentation (.pdf)

What are these meetings about?

Beginning in 1973 with the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 100, Oregon’s growth management system has relied on population forecasts as the primary tool for determining Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansions, as well as for crafting planning policy. By estimating future populations based on historic and current trends, as well as assuming the likelihood of future events, population forecasts provide necessary information to help planners, public officials, private firms, and developers better understand the short and long-term implications of population growth in local areas.  

In the recent past, Oregon law required that counties prepare coordinated population forecasts according to "generally accepted" demographic methods, which yielded forecasts produced with a highly diverse set of methods. Equally important, the prohibitive cost of forecasting meant that not all communities could update their forecasts on a regular basis.  Recognizing the need to be more responsive to accounting for current population trends by preparing population forecasts on a more regular basis, and with a consistent forecast methodology for communities across the state, the Oregon House of Representatives and Senate approved legislation in 2013 assigning coordinated population forecasting to the Population Research Center (PRC) at Portland State University (PSU).