The Board of Directors of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments is proud to present a series of Convening Sessions. These convening sessions are subject specific and are intended to enable the elected officials of the member govern­ments to jointly identify issues and needs that are regional in scope; achieve concurrence for cooperative actions; plan and recommend governmen­tal action in areas of intergov­ernmental concern such as health, safety, welfare, and growth. (MWVCOG 190 Agreement)

Willamette Valley Commuter Rail Project Convening

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On October 25th, the MWVCOG hosted a convening of over 60 people representing a variety of local governments and agencies to discuss the possibility of Commuter Rail connecting the Portland metropolitan area with the Salem/Keizer metropolitan area. Hosted at the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce by Woodburn Mayor Frank Lonergan, ODOT State Rail Planner Robert Melbo shared information on a study that ODOT had done regarding commuter rail in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Representative Kevin Mannix discussed a bill that is being prepared for the 2024 Legislative session to study the extension of the Westside Express Service (WES) line to Salem. The route would use the existing Portland & Western Railroad line that runs from Wilsonville through Donald, Woodburn, Keizer, and into Salem. Recording of the October 25, 2023 Convening may be found here. Passcode: 6x+HUbTv