Secretary Jewell to Visit Oregon to Announce Initiatives to Create Jobs through Conservation, Expedited Infrastructure Permitting

Office of the Secretary

Will Announce Competitive Grants for Youth Hiring; Sign Agreement with Oregon & Washington on Infrastructure

5/22/2013


PORTLAND, OR – Sally Jewell will make her first trip to the West Coast as Secretary of the Interior with a visit to Portland, Oregon, this Thursday and Friday. Secretary Jewell will make an announcement regarding efforts to create youth employment opportunities and will sign an agreement with the states of Oregon and Washington to expedite the review and approval of major infrastructure projects.

On Thursday, May 23, in response to President Obama's call to expand opportunities for youth employment, Jewell and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will announce 22 conservation projects across the country that have been awarded funding through an innovative public-private partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) that will create youth employment opportunities. During the visit, Jewell and Hales will join members of the Northwest Youth Corps on a service project in an urban park in Portland.

On Friday, May 24, as part of President Obama's initiative to make America a magnet for jobs by building a 21st Century infrastructure, Jewell will join Governor John Kitzhaber and Director of the Center for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance Jesus Sanchez (representing Washington Governor Jay Inslee) to sign an agreement to expedite the review and permitting of energy generation, power transmission and other vital infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest.

On Friday, Jewell will also provide keynote remarks at the 76th annual Ducks Unlimited convention in Portland.

EVENT #1 – YOUTH HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT

WHO

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

NFWF Executive Director and CEO Jeff Trandahl

Wells Fargo Oregon Regional President Don Pearson

NW Youth Corps Executive Director Jeff Parker

NW Youth Corps Members

WHAT

Youth Hiring Announcement

WHEN

Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 2:00 PM PDT

WHERE

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

SE 7th Avenue & Sellwood Blvd

Portland, Oregon

MEDIA

Credentialed members of the media area encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov) no later than 10 AM PDT on Thursday, May 23.

EVENT #2 – INFRASTRUCTURE AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY

WHO

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber

Director of the Center for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance Jesus Sanchez (representing Washington Governor Jay Inslee)

WHAT

Signing Ceremony of Agreement to Expedite Infrastructure Project Permitting

WHEN

Friday, May 24, 2013, at 8:45 AM PDT

WHERE

Portland State University

College of Urban and Public Affairs - Room 212G

506 SW Mill Street

Portland, Oregon

MEDIA

Credentialed members of the media area encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov) no later than 5 PM PDT on Thursday, May 23.

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