Strategic Plan


Oregon’s Illinois Valley: Living with Nature

The beautiful Illinois Valley is a supportive, safe community of independent and creative minded people. We cherish our accessible small town amenities, open rural lifestyle, clean natural environment, and neighborhood connections. As a community for all ages and abilities, we collaborate to grow a happy, healthy valley.

The Illinois Valley is a gateway to Southern Oregon, the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, the Wild and Scenic Illinois River, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, and the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. The valley is part of one of the most unique and biologically diverse natural ecosystems on Earth and we value our responsibility to this natural world.

By achieving a sustainable healthy relationship with this special place, we improve community well-being and individual prosperity. Our unique environment creates opportunities for a resilient economy, vibrant local business, meaningful employment, creative expression, and personal fulfillment.

The Illinois Valley is a great place to live, work, play, raise a family, and retire.

Focus Areas and Strategies

The Illinois Valley 20/20 Community Plan:

  • Engages teams of stakeholders called Action Collaboratives
  • Includes specific strategies and actions advancing eighteen priority areas in the categories of People, Place and Prosperity
  • Acts as a “living document” that undergoes periodic reviews and updates every 6 to 12 months
  • Inspires new partnerships, collaborations and increasing community cooperation
  •  Attracts the support of partners and foundations

Facilitated by Rural Development Initiatives and developed by hundreds of residents in multiple meetings over six months in order to articulate a shared vision for our community and outline a roadmap to get there.

Supporting Project Partners

USDA-Rural Development • The Ford Family Foundation • Josephine County • RCC’s Small Business Development Center • National Park Service
City of Cave Junction • Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce

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