What We Do

The LOC provides advocacy, training and information to empower Oregon cities to build vibrant, resilient communities.

Advocacy

The LOC speaks with one voice for all cities in Oregon to preserve home rule.

The LOC advocates for Oregon's 242 cities and keeps LOC members apprised of the activities of the Oregon Legislature, state boards, commissions and agencies.  We also monitor key issues at the federal level and file amicus briefs to ensure city perspectives are represented in state and federal courts.

Learn more about LOC's legislative advocacy:

Learn more about LOC's legal advocacy.

Training

Sharing our knowledge to strengthen our cities

The LOC provides training to both elected city officials and city staff on a variety of core and specialized topics. Workshops and conferences are scheduled throughout the year in a variety of locations across the state and many are free of charge to LOC members.

  • Training opportunities on a broad range of municipal topics
  • LOC Annual Conference is the largest municipal gathering each year in Oregon, bringing city officials together to network and learn about emerging issues from leading experts
  • Small Cities Program includes quarterly meetings in 12 regions around the state 

Information

The LOC is your first stop for all things city

We offer a wide variety of resources to help municipal officials, both elected and appointed, support their cities effectively and legally.

  • Reference Library includes model ordinances, guidebooks, FAQs and white papers 
  • Legal and technical assistance on municipal matters ranging from city operations to policy development
  • Municipal research and reports focusing on current issues and trends facing local government
  • City Directory of contact information for city halls, including city officials (mayors, councilors, city managers and department heads) 
  • Local Focus magazine is published quarterly and includes articles on topics and trends important to cities.
  • The LOC Bulletin is weekly e-newsletter includes the latest legislative happenings, training opportunities and more.
  • City Focus podcast features discussions on policy, legal issues and advocacy matters in a relaxed, conversational style designed to inform and educate.

Become an Associate Member

For public bodies that are not cities or counties - special districts, municipal corporations, etc. - Associate Membership allows participation in CIS insurance.  

Learn more about Associate Membership