The organization is inviting fishermen and crews to join in a meaningful discussion

Coos and Curry County, OR (March 11, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to announce its latest event:  Dockside Discussions. Dockside Discussions is an opportunity for local fishermen and crews to learn and talk about opportunities for the South Coast fishing industry. At these three sessions, participants will learn about Dream$avers, Selling to Schools, Seafood Throwdown Events, Business Assistance, and more! In addition to NeighborWorks Umpqua staff, MIT students will be on hand visiting the area to research and propose creative opportunities for improving livelihoods in the seafood sector. All interested fishermen and crews are highly encouraged to attend these sessions.

“We are excited to be hosting Dockside Discussions again,” explains Michelle Martin, Director of Community and Economic Development with NeighborWorks Umpqua. “Last time we hosted these sessions, we received valuable feedback and we are hoping for a continuation with the upcoming sessions. Everyone has a story to tell, especially our local fishermen and crews. Dockside Discussions is an important opportunity for these individuals to come out and share their ideas for how we can improve conditions for everyone. We know that when we work together, our communities win!”

The three sessions are spread through the South Coast. The first session is in Gold Beach on March 19 at 10 am at the Curry Public Library. The next session is in Port Orford on March 19 at 2 pm at the Port Orford Library. The last session will be in Charleston on March 21 at 2 pm at the Charleston RV Marina. Any fishermen or crews interested in improving their community and learning about local economic development resources need to attend. For more information, reach out to Food Systems Coordinator, Daniella Williams at dwilliams@nwumpqua.org or call 541-622-3382.