The Roseburg City Council is meeting at 6 tonight to discuss providing further financial support for the development of the allied and mental health college in Roseburg.

City staff recommend "to develop a letter of support relating financial support for the Allied and Mental Health College Economic project development and support ORH (Oregonians for Rural Health) raising balance of the remaining money to develop the project in Roseburg," according to a special meeting agenda released by city administration Tuesday evening.

The city has been working with ORH and other local organizations to establish the college.

"At a minimum, we have been requested to participate to the level of the development fees identified for one of the site options," reads the agenda. "Our SDC (site development cost) fees would be in the neighborhood of $400,000."

A memorandum of understanding was signed between ORH and George Fox University in late February to explore building the college in Roseburg. 

City staff has been working with ORH, Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, State Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, and other local and regional governments to determine the necessary financial support necessary. Legislators want the information from the city as soon as possible to prepare their legislative ask for the project.

Roseburg has also been asked to support or participate in potential grant processes with partners.

City council funded the project with $30,000 in early concept stage development work and authorized an additional $25,000 to support funding for an economic study to assess the viability and need for the college in March.

"Helping with the funding of the study demonstrates the City's commitment to the future college and positive affects it could have on our community's economy," according to Wednesday's agenda item summary.

Representatives from ORH and George Fox identified properties in the area of Stewart Parkway, Renann Street and Edenbower Boulevard to build the college to be close to medical facilities as well as the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

ORH raised money in addition to the $25,000 provided by the city to pay for the economic study.

Although the staff recommendation is to "give support for this endeavor and direct staff to write a letter of support," city councilors could also opt to ask for additional information or not authorize the approval.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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