Greater Applegate Community Development Corporation (GACDC) is now doing business as A Greater Applegate, with a broader focus on the community engagement work GACDC initiated from fall 2016 to summer 2017 through the Applegate Economic Vitality Roadmap in collaboration with Rural Development Initiatives. This aligns with the original vision for GACDC more than two decades ago. The Applegate Roadmap successfully engaged over 200 people from the entire Applegate Valley watershed. Initiatives launched based on community input from the Applegate Roadmap included building a community website, applegateconnect.org, and encouraging AGA to take on more of a community capacity-building role.
The Applegate Valley is defined by the Applegate River, which flows from its headwaters in the Siskiyou Mountains of Jackson County to its confluence with the Rogue River in Josephine County. The river has numerous tributary streams, including Little Applegate River, China Gulch Creek, Forest Creek, Humbug Creek, Sterling Creek, Thompson Creek, Williams Creek, and others. Neighborhoods along each of these tributaries are both distinct and part of the larger Applegate Valley community.