the 8th annual Oregon Coastal Caucus will bring hundreds of business leaders, elected officials, and other key community stakeholders to Florence in August. “Infrastructure Investments: A Collaborative Approach” is the theme of the two day economic summit Aug. 21 and 22 at the Three Rivers Casino and other Florence locations. The event is put on by the Oregon Legislative Coastal Caucus, a bi-cam-er-al and bipartisan group of state legislators who represent communities on the Oregon Coast. The Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit is sponsored in partnership with the Confederate Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the City of Florence – brings together business and academic leaders, government officials, and stakeholders from the public and private sectors to explore topics that can lead to positive economic development opportunities in coastal and rural communities. A wide range of keynote speakers and panel discussions will focus on planning, designing, building, and operating infrastructure projects that are socially, environmentally, and economically feasible and attractive to coastal and rural communities.
The 9TH annual Power of Florence will hit the street Saturday morning beginning with a Pancake Breakfast at 8am at the United Methodist Church. Following the breakfast charity organization and service groups will hold a series of events targeted at improving our community. The Florence Garden Club will be sprucing up Gallagher Park again this year; Delta Gamma is going to be sprucing up and barking the tennis courts on 35th street, and then the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative will be having a Scotch Broom pull at Heceta Dunes. In the Grocery Outlet Parking Lot groups will gather for a variety of fund raising events. There will also be volunteer opportunities throughout Florence for people to get involved with. Power of Florence organizer Ava Glowacki say come out with your work gloves and be read to volunteer most events will be wrapped up by two o’clock.
In preparation for Florence’s day of giving back also known as the Power of Florence Day, the city will hold it’s second annual Block Party. Originally held in 2018 as a way to mark the city’s 125th year, this year’s event will feature live music and activities for all. The city will close off the section of Bay Street from Laurel to the Siuslaw River Bridge and open the streets for activities. City Manager Erin Reynolds says the music and the party will last a little longer this year. 5 Guys Named Mo will play in old town Florence between 6 and 10pm. The block Party also celebrates Florence’s second year as a Coast Guard City. On hand will be the Coast Guard, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, Western Lane Ambulance, and the Florence Police Department.
Coastal Scam Jam Tour will bring an education fraud prevention workshop to Florence next Tuesday. The Oregon Department of Justice, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and AARP Oregon will hold the informational session Tuesday, July 23rd at the Florence Events Center from 11am to 2pm. The fraud prevention workshop is free and open to members of the public but registration is required. The online link to register can be found on Coast Radio’s website. Members of the public can register for the events here.