Lane County Community Collaborative

The Lane County Community Collaborative is a group of economic development stakeholders from across Lane County that come together with the goal to better align efforts and resources to effectively meet the needs of our communities and have a positive ripple effect across our region. These meeting are designed for rich conversation, relationship building and collaboration.

Key functions of this group:

  • Regional coordination – Efforts & Resources
  • Knowledge Share
  • Relationship Building


Lane County Community Collaborative Members

  • Ashley Espinoza, Executive Director, Lane Workforce Partnership
  • Cindy Perry, Director of Workforce Programs, Lane Workforce Partnership
  • Lyle Lang, Senior Project Coordinator, Lane Workforce Partnership
  • Sarah Altemus-Pope, South Willamette Solutions (SWS), Executive Director and Coordinator
  • Sally Bell, VP & Executive Director SWV, Technology Association of Oregon
  • Jeremy Caudle, City Administrator, Lowell
  • James M. Cleavenger, City Administrator, City of Oakridge
  • Daniel Collins, Director, Lane Small Business Development Center
  • Jaime Covarrubias, Latino Business Resource Navigator, Huerto de la Familia/Centro Latino Americano/Downtown Languages
  • Jenna Cusimano, Community & Economic Development Management Analyst, Lane County
  • Julie Davidson, Area Manager, Oregon Employment Department
  • Nicole Desch, Business Support Manager, Onward Eugene
  • Micah Elconin, Director, Eugene’s Table & Season to Taste
  • Henry Fields, Workforce Analyst/Economist, Oregon Employment Department
  • Anne Fifield, Economic Development Manager, City of Eugene
  • Robert Fittin, RISP Employment Support Specialist, Catholic Community Services of Lane County
  • Mitra Gruwell, Viking Textile Maker Hub & Creative Sector Lead
  • Bettina Hannigan, CEO, Florence Chamber of Commerce
  • Grace Kaplowitz, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Oakridge
  • Aqsa Khan, Venture Catalyst, Oregon RAIN
  • Heidi Larwick, Director, Connected Lane County
  • Jeff Malik, Destination Development Manager, Travel Lane County
  • Holly Mar, Child Care Sector Strategist, Onward Eugene
  • Grant Matthews, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lane Community College
  • Vonnie Mikklesen, CEO, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ellyn Mole, South Lane Venture Catalyst, Oregon RAIN
  • Melissa Murphy, Regional Rep, Business Oregon: Benton, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn counties
  • Russ Pierson, Dean, LCC Florence Center at Lane Community College
  • Jared Pruch, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Lane County
  • Brittany Quick-Warner, President & CEO, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Stacey Ray, Executive Director, Lane Arts Council
  • Erin Reynolds, City Manager, City of Florence
  • Fernando Rivas, Administrative Support Specialist, Lane Small Business Development Center
  • Brett Rowlett, Director of Public Affairs, Lane Community College
  • Matt Sayre, Director, Onward Eugene
  • Paige Sharp, Director of Development and Talent, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Susie Stucky, Business and Employment Specialist, WorkSource Lane
  • Caitlin Vargas, Startup Community Director, Onward Eugene
  • Andy Vobora, VP of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
  • Kelli Weese, City Recorder/Economic Development, City of Florence
  • Kari Westlund, President & CEO, Eugene, Cascades & Coast -Travel Lane County
  • Steve Yamamori, Director, Reveille Foundation

The Lane County Community Collaborative Partners Include:

Lane Workforce Partnership,  Business Oregon, Catholic Community Services of Lane County, Centro Latino Americano, City of Eugene, City of Florence, City of Lowell, City of Oakridge, City of Springfield, Connected Lane County, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Eugene’s Table, Florence Chamber of Commerce, Lane Arts Council, Lane Community College, Lane County, Lane Small Business Development Center, Onward Eugene, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Oregon RAIN, Reveille Foundation, South Willamette Solutions, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Technology Association of Oregon, Travel Lane County, Viking Textile Maker Hub, United Way of Lane County, WorkSource Lane.