Building Community

Sustaining and enhancing local connections that promote the environmental, economic, and social vitality of the Applegate Valley.

A Greater Applegate (AGA) is the community-building organization serving the Applegate Valley. AGA’s work is guided by local residents who are encouraged to voice their needs, resources and perspectives through a variety of means: surveys, listening sessions, and outreach events. We like to say that A Greater Applegate is a place where community values, community vision, and community voices lead to community action.

The Applegate Valley is defined geographically by the Applegate River. The river’s headwaters flow from the Siskiyou Mountains of Jackson County to its confluence with the Rogue River in Josephine County. Numerous tributaries define the various Applegate Valley “neighborhoods” — including Little Applegate, Upper Applegate, North Applegate, Carberry Creek, Humbug Creek, Sterling Creek, Thompson Creek, Provolt, Williams, Wilderville, and others. Neighborhoods along each of these tributaries are both distinct and part of the larger Applegate Valley community.

Check out Applegate Valley Connect for all that’s happening around Applegate Valley! Add your business, event, news story or job posting to help increase information sharing and access in our community.

The AGA Board of Directors meets the 4th Monday of every month, except December, from 3:30 to 5:30. Community members and groups are welcome to observe a meeting or make a short presentation with advance notice. Please contact Seth at if you are interested in attending.

A Greater Applegate is eager to recruit new board members interested in helping us implement the Applegate Valley Vision and steer the organization into an exciting future. If you want to know more about becoming a board member with A Greater Applegate, contact Seth Kaplan at

Latest News

A Greater Applegate (AGA) is hiring for a Co-Executive Director of Operations. Applications are requested and strongly encouraged by January 17th, 2023 but will remain open until the roles are filled.

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The Co-Executive Director of Operations is a part-time (0.6- 0.75 FTE) position that will lead the operational and financial aspects of the organization while sharing responsibilities for board relations, representing AGA to the community, and supporting the Co-Executive Director of Programming (and other staff) in their work.

Co-Executive Directors are responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the organization; implementing policies established by the Board of Directors; providing leadership, direction, and guidance for AGA’s activities; analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of all organizational operations; developing and maintaining organizational structure; and representing AGA to regulatory bodies, elected officials, public agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the general public.

You can view the full job announcement and position description online.

Please reach out to if you have any questions.

Artist Working Group Meeting Tuesday, November 28th 10-11:30am. Hybrid- at the AGA office and via zoom.  Email for details.

You’re Invited: AGA Network Holiday Party at Vista222 on Thursday, December 15th from 5-8pm. Suggested Donation: $10.  Reserve your ticket today!

Join A Greater Applegate for an evening of celebration, community and networking at our second annual Holiday Network Party. Representatives from local businesses, nonprofits and more are invited. Please bring your business cards to share with each other! Light bites and childcare will be provided. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Suggested Donation: $10 or more. Help us reach our fundraising goal and support AGA’s work!

Innovation Grant Winners To be Announced end of November. AGA will be awarding $10,000 through our Innovation Grant (formerly Momentum Grants) program this year to recognize projects that further the Applegate Valley Vision, which is now live on our website!

Applegate Valley Vision: A Greater Applegate is excited to announce the release of the Applegate Valley Vision– a community-driven initiative that enlists a values- and asset-based approach to enhance this beautiful valley for years to come. This living document is comprised of five major focus areas, 25 goals, 90 strategies, and more than 500 ideas for action that have been developed by you, the residents of the Applegate. You can download the entire plan or scroll through the pieces of the Vision Plan online.

Thank you so much for your love and commitment to the Applegate community! I'm super impressed with the integrity and character of the AGA team. Standing ovation for 14 neighborhood listening sessions!! Give yourselves big pats on the back for all the important work done thus far! You are appreciated!

Leigha Perry

It’s very rewarding to unite good people in a community. The effort to keep people focused on the end goal and the ensuing benefits of working together is a big job. I wish you all the best and I’m proud to be a member of this fine organization.

Mark L. Taylor

A Greater Applegate is fast becoming essential glue for this community.

Audrey Eldridge

You are doing a fine community job in the Applegate. Keep your hearts and heads strong.

Steve Dee

AGA is doing so much to support nonprofit, businesses and residents of the Applegate. Thank you for your dedication to this very special valley!

Brooke Nuckles Gentekos

Thank you guys for all that you do for the Applegate!

Sue Owens

AGA has its finger on the pulse of AV; we trust its judgment.

Stacie Brink

I really appreciate what this organization is doing for our rural community; they have so much to offer for rural businesses.

Jeanne Schattler

AGA is bringing the Applegate together!

Jeff & Carol Martin

My husband I want to support the excellent work that A Greater Applegate does for the community.

Deborah and Drummond Rennie

A Greater Applegate recognizes that the Applegate Valley consists of unique layers of diversity, culture, history, life experiences, generations, socio-economic statuses and differing access to resources.  Our community represents a wide spectrum of opinions, thoughts and beliefs.  We acknowledge that the work of rural community building encompasses more than any one of these viewpoints.  

We commit to accessible, inclusive programs, engagement and outreach that serves our community and supports the livability of our environment.  The AGA Board and Staff is committed to annually revisiting, renewing and reintegrating the current realities in this living statement.