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An Interveiw with Gov. John Kitzhaber 

Gov. Kitzhaber is the keynote speaker at Tuesdays SuperForum at the Tower Theatre.
  • Gov. Kitzhaber is the keynote speaker at Tuesday's SuperForum at the Tower Theatre.


Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber is coming to Bend early next week to address how Central Oregon can balance growth with livability. He'll be presenting at SuperForum at the Tower Theatre 7pm Tuesday, Jan. 21. The event is sold out, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on governmental insight. The following is from our conversation with the Oregon governor.

the Source Weekly: Portland, with its high-density, light rail and hundreds of miles of bikes lanes, has been heralded as a shining example of smart growth. What can Bend learn from the Rose City?
Gov. John Kitzhaber: Cities and counties all across Oregon have had to figure out how to do more with less. Over the past three years, I’ve worked with legislative leaders to invest in the kind of transportation and economic development projects that can grow with Oregon—programs like alternative fuels infrastructure, through which we’re developing charging stations across the west coast and promoting alternative-fuel vehicles, or investment in the Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center, which supports research into new technologies and products in the green building and renewable energy sectors. With limited budgets, especially when it comes to transportation infrastructure, we’re focused on strategies that support the dual goals of being good for Oregon’s economy and Oregon’s environment.

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