OACES Newsletter for January 11, 2023
Next OACES Meeting
January 26, 2023
Happy New Year: Upcoming OACES Meetings and Programs!
With the new year comes the new OACES programming and meeting schedule! All OACES regular meetings will continue virtually on the fourth Thursday of the month starting at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

OACES special events and conferences include the Chip Seal Workshop, March 21-22, the Spring Conference, May 22-24, and the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) campus visit, September 22. For the full 2023 OACES meeting schedule visit or-oaces.org/conferences-meetings.

Counties are also encouraged to apply or nominate fellow OACES members for the Education & Leadership Scholarship Program.
AOC Prepares for 2023 Legislative Session
The Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Legislative Committee approved seven policy priorities for the 2023 Oregon State Legislative Session. While the AOC Legislative Affairs Team will engage on scores of bills during the session, these priorities reflect the most pressing issues impacting county services, budgets, and functions statewide. Organized by portfolio AOC’s 2023 legislative priorities are Community Development - Systemic solutions to statewide ...[Read More]
AOC and OACES Provide County Safety Corridor Pilot Program Report to the Legislature
The County Safety Corridor Advisory Group presented to the Joint Interim Committee on Transportation. The County Safety Corridor Pilot Program, which was established by HB 3213 (2019), is designed to reduce fatal and serious injury through focused engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency services, and gives participating counties the ability to impose doubled fines on challenging stretches of road.

AOC County Road Program Director Brian Worley, Washington County Principal Engineer and Advisory Group Chair Stacy Shetler, Marion County Engineer Lani Radtke, and Lane County Senior Transportation Planner Becky Taylor presented the county perspective and fielded questions from the committee on county road department funding and safety needs.

The pilot program is seeking three more counties, especially from rural, central, eastern, and southern Oregon to include all perspectives. More information about the County Safety Corridor Pilot Program and how to get involved is available [here].
ODOT Condition and Mileage Reporting Due February 1, 2023
All counties and cities in Oregon must submit road and bridge condition information, as required by House Bill 2017 (2017), and public road inventory mileage to ODOT. 
County and city reports are due to ODOT by February 1, 2023, or ODOT is statutorily required to withhold your State Highway Fund payments. You will need to gather information about the condition of your paved federal-aid roads. ...[Read More]
USDOT Announces Upcoming Funding Opportunities; $1.5 Billion 2023 RAISE Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has published a list of anticipated dates for upcoming Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) for key programs within the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Current Open NOFOs Include:

Technical Assistance Resources:

Please contact AOC County Road Program Director Brian Worley with any questions about USDOT grant funding opportunities.
OACES Chipseal Workshop, March 21-22, 2023
OACES will be providing another in its series of chip seal workshops. This is a continuation of the OACES series of workshops previously hosted by Marion and Linn Counties in 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2019.

March 21-22, 2023

Although some vendors will be invited to offer a presentation, the primary goal of these workshops is to allow county road departments to share best practice. Please consider providing a presentation on what your agency is doing with its chip seal program. To sign up to present or participate on a panel, visit [HERE].

More information is available [HERE], and registration and agendas will be posted when available.
Join NACE 2023 in Orange Beach, AL, April 16-19
Join your colleagues nationwide at the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Conference and Annual Meeting in Orange Beach, Alabama, on April 16-19!

[Register HERE]. Early-Bird discount on all delegate registrations ends March 8, 2023.

OACES hopes to have a strong Oregon delegation attending NACE this year. If you or your county need financial support to attend you are encouraged to apply or nominate fellow OACES members for the Education & Leadership Scholarship Program.
Oregon Technology Transfer Center Training
The mission of the Oregon Technology Transfer Center (T2) is to foster a safe and efficient transportation system in the state of Oregon by offering training, technical assistance and technology transfer to local transportation agencies.

For more information on T2 programming, Roads Scholar classes, training calendar, publications, and lending library videos, visit the Oregon T2 Center website here.
County Engineering, Road Department, and Surveyor Jobs
The AOC job posting page provides counties and other government organizations with a method to advertise job opportunities while also providing a resource for job seekers looking for a new challenge.

Current engineering, road department, and surveyor postings include:

Find out more specifics for each position and how to apply on the AOC jobs postings page. If you have an open job listing to post for your county contact [email protected].
Jackson County is Hiring Engineers!
Jackson County is simultaneously recruiting for three similar engineering positions at the same time within the Road Department, Engineering Associate I, II, and III.

Please visit the Jackson County Road website for minimum requirements and additional information.
In The News
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Transportation Policy Analyst
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IT Director