Oregon has a history of ingenuity, innovation and independence. Our state’s natural beauty, open spaces and resources -- from the rugged coastline to Steens Mountains, from lush farmland to high desert, from the mighty Columbia to the wild Rogue -- have nurtured and inspired us for generations.
We have worked hard to come together and to build communities and the public systems -- roads, schools, cities and towns -- that sustain us. Today, we face a defining moment. We have new challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Our systems need an upgrade and we see that past choices have opened the door to opportunity for some but not for all.
We have the tools to create a better future and to open doors for all Oregonians. We can harness our innovative spirit, our talent and our energy. We can invest in people and create a better future for the next generation. We can ensure that every person, every family and every community in Oregon can prosper.