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Small Cities Program

Cities in Oregon range in size from a population of two to over 600,000, with small cities comprising more than 70% of all Oregon cities.

Beginning in the early 2000s, the LOC’s Small Cities program was created to provide city officials from cities with a population under 5,000 the opportunity to meet, network, and discuss issues or solutions that were most relevant to small cities in their regions. Over time, the program has evolved to include a structured agenda and representatives from partner organizations in addition to the lunchtime conversation.

Today’s Small Cities program encourages elected and appointed officials from cities with populations of 7,500 or less to attend quarterly meetings in their region. The meeting location rotates each quarter to different cities who host the meeting.

Each meeting is scheduled for two hours and includes a presentation, lunch and a roundtable discussion. The last thing on every agenda is to discuss and identify a topic for the next meeting. Recent topics include legislative updates, tours of local facilities, funding opportunities, youth advisory councils, and more.

While the meetings are intended for small cities, all city officials are welcome to attend. In addition, guests from state agencies, regional and county governments, non-profits and consultancy firms are also welcome. We ask that these individuals do not participate in the roundtable discussion or in the selection of topics for future meetings.

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Small City Regions

The state is divided into 12 regions designed to minimize driving distances for cities within the regions as much as possible. Each city is assigned to a region, but we encourage you to attend meetings in any region. While the meeting location rotates each quarter from city to city, the meeting itself is always scheduled for the same day and time.

North Coast (Region 1)

  • Friday, February 2, 2024
  • Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Friday, August 2, 2024
  • Friday, November 1, 2024

Portland Metro (Region 2)

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2024
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2024

North Willamette Valley (Region 3)

  • Thursday, February 8, 2024
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024
  • Thursday, August 8, 2024
  • Thursday, November 7, 2024

South Willamette Valley (Region 4)

  • Friday, February 9, 2024
  • Friday, May 10, 2024
  • Friday, August 9, 2024
  • Friday, November 8, 2024

Central Coast (Region 5)

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024
  • Wednesday November 20, 2024

South Coast (Region 6)

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • Thursday, August 22, 2024
  • Thursday, November 21, 2024

Southern Valley (Region 7)

  • Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024
  • Thursday, September 12, 2024
  • Thursday, December 12, 2024

Columbia Gorge (Region 8)

  • Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Thursday, June 20, 2024
  • Thursday, September 19, 2024
  • Thursday, December 19, 2024

Central Oregon (Region 9)

  • Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Friday, June 21, 2024
  • Friday, September 20, 2024
  • Friday, December 20, 2024

South Central Oregon (Region 10)

  • Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Friday, June 14, 2024
  • Friday, September 13, 2024
  • Friday, December 13, 2024

Northeast Oregon (Region 11)

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Thursday, July 25, 2024
  • Thursday, October 24, 2024

Eastern Oregon (Region 12)

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2024

* The LOC is inviting all cities regardless of population, to attend a President’s Regional Meeting during a regular Small Cities Meeting in the first or second quarter of 2023. 

Small Cities Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the Meetings Cost Money to Attend?
No! These meetings are free of cost. We do, however, ask that you register so we know how many people to expect for lunch.

How Formal are the Meetings?
The meetings are typically structured but informal, and attendees choose to wear casual attire. As many of the meetings feature an invited speaker, we do ask that you plan to arrive on time as much as possible so as not to interrupt the program.

I’d like to Host a Meeting in My City - What Should I Do?
Hosts are typically determined in person at each meeting – sometimes for multiple meetings in advance – so please feel free to volunteer yourself then. If you are unable to make a meeting, but would still like to volunteer, please contact LOC staff.

What are Host Cities Responsible For?
Host cities are responsible for providing meeting space (typically a room that can fit 20 – 25 people in classroom seating) and lunch for the group. Lunch can be catered in by a local restaurant, picked up at a local grocery store, or prepared by city officials. At this time, we are unable to  accommodate special dietary needs for each meeting.