Jeff Cogen

Multnomah County Board encourages people to take cancer-preventing steps

Multnomah County Cancer Awareness Prevention Week

The Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday proclaimed Thursday, April 5 as Cancer Awareness Prevention Day.

Prepared remarks for 2012 State of the County speech

The following are prepared remarks for Chair Jeff Cogen's State of the County speech to the Portland City Club on Friday, March 23, 2012:


It’s great to be back at City Club to talk about the state of our County.

Since my first State of the County speech last year, I’ve experienced a lot …

From the Chair: Reflecting upon 2011

As we head into 2012, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the entire workforce of Multnomah County for working together to deal with the challenges of 2011.

For the 11th consecutive year, budget cuts have dealt our organization difficult blows during a time of ongoing economic uncertainty. Unfortunately, the same tough economy that prompted these budget cuts, has simultaneously increased demand for the support services we provide to our community.

From the Board: County holiday donation drive starts this week

During the cold-weather months many of us want to reach out and lend a helping hand to people who need help. Last year, we sponsored a donation drive for the holidays and county employees responded overwhelmingly. This year, we are adding new drop-off locations for employees to pick up gift tags representing people in need, and extending the drive an additional week. The donation drive begins today and will run through Monday, Dec. 19.

We have identified five areas where you can help: 

Multnomah County celebrates school efforts to prevent youth obesity [video]

Multnomah County spread a $7.5 million Centers for Disease Control obesity prevention grant to more than 30 partners, including schools, that allows youth to plant gardens, have access to drinking water and increase exercise. Watch a video about these programs. 

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen solicits constituents for questions to ask House District 46 finalists

Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and the Board of Commissioners will select from three finalists to fill the House District 46 seat at their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Citizens can now apply to serve on the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council

Nominations are now being accepted for citizens to serve on the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council and address food access and health issues.

Members will provide policy advice to local governments on food-related matters that impact land use, health, the environment and jobs. 

Multnomah County Board of Commissioners spends from general fund, reserves in response to state cuts

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved budget modifications Thursday in response to state cuts while preserving critical services for residents.

The board, which in June approved the annual budget for fiscal year 2011-12, voted 5-0 to address a $12 million shortfall created by recently announced state reductions.

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