Greater Applegate Community Development Corporation (GACDC) is now doing business as A Greater Applegate. A Greater Applegate’s new, broader focus builds upon the community engagement work GACDC initiated from fall 2016 to summer 2017 through the Applegate Economic Vitality Roadmap in collaboration with Rural Development Initiatives, which 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 expanding the capacity of GACDC to fulfill its mission beyond the focus on Cantrall Buckley Park. The new Park Enhancement Committee works closely with A Greater Applegate’s Board of Directors to improve the park with community support in alignment with AGA’s mission.
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.