To build community by sustaining and enhancing local connections that promote
the environmental, economic, and social vitality of the Applegate Valley.


A Greater Applegate is engaged with people across the Applegate watershed to envision and create our community’s future. A Greater Applegate’s Board of Directors, committee members, and volunteers are working together to make a stronger, more connected, and greater Applegate. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Expanding our role from Park Stewards to Community Builders as A Greater Applegate (AGA), formerly known as Greater Applegate Community Development Corporation. A Greater Applegate is supported by a Community Builder Partnership Grant from The Ford Family Foundation to create and manage community networks and a community visioning process.
  • Launching Applegate Valley Connect, a free community website in partnership with The Applegater. Applegate Valley Connect features a calendar, local business and organization directory, volunteer opportunity portal, media access, and much more.  Connect to it at applegateconnect.org.
  • Creating the Applegate Valley Nonprofit Network to provide a space for our local nonprofit organizations to learn from each other, pursue collective interests, and increase our impact through community building.
  • Enhancing Cantrall Buckley Park by focusing on new park improvements, such as solar education, integrated art, and increased engagement with schools and families.

A Greater Applegate is strategically developing essential internal organizational capacity while outreaching to the community, actively listening to learn, and planning together to create change.



A Greater Applegate (AGA) is launching Neighborhood Connections across the Applegate watershed to identify your priorities neighborhood by neighborhood.  Neighborhood Listening Sessions are the first step in the 20/20 Community Vision, our effort to build community by sustaining and enhancing local connections that promote the environmental, economic, and social vitality of the Applegate Valley.

We will share the information you and your neighbors provide us at Applegate Valley convenings next fall as well as to regional and state leaders, funders, and others wanting to know what Applegaters want for their community and their watersheds. We hope that this process will also inspire local Action Teams and collaboration to help move projects and ideas forward.

AGA will provide light snacks and refreshments at all gatherings.


  • Little Applegate/ Yale Creek/ Griffin Lane Neighborhood:  October 17, 6-8 pm, 724 Yale Creek Road in the “Shiny Barn”
  • Upper Applegate / McKee Bridge (November 21, remaining details TBD).  If you have a location for a gathering of approximately 30 people, please let us know at ryan@agreaterapplegate.org.

The amount of work that has already been accomplished and its positive impact on the community is noteworthy. The continued support from The Ford Family Foundation to expand areas of community engagement is exciting, if not daunting. I could not help but come away from the meeting impressed by the bold visions for the future and the significance of the strategic roadmap as you define an even broader set of goals and areas of impact. None of this is possible without the corresponding level of commitment and dedication of the board.

I believe it is just this collaborative spirit, this unbounded enthusiasm and passion for this community that makes AGA such an important organization. I continue to be impressed by the wide range of groups so actively involved in making this community a special place and the generosity of the donor community in keeping these projects viable.”

Cathy Rodgers/Applegate Oregon resident and new AGA Board Chairperson