Charleston Coast and Ocean Center


In March of 2008, Governor Kulongoski formally designated the "Charleston Coast and Ocean Center" as an Oregon Solutions project. Many of the project partners and both conveners signed the Declaration of Cooperation on February 3rd, 2009.  Upon completion, the facilities in Charleston will provide workspace, meeting rooms, and classroom space for a number of local public and non-profit marine-related agencies, research facilities, and information services.

A Project Management Team has been formed to oversee the project, and will use this website to provide updated information on project documents, meetings, and outreach.

Project Documents:

Overview: Charleston Coastal and Ocean Center

Upcoming Meetings:

Charleston Oregon Solutions Project Collaborators


  • Senator Joanne Verger

  • Representative Arnie Roblan

 Project Partners:

  • Oregon International Port of Coos Bay

  • South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

  • Coos Watershed Association

  • University of Oregon/ Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

  • Oregon State University Extension/ Sea Grant

 Community Stakeholders:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

  • Coos Bay Power Squadron

  • U. S. Coast Guard

  • Charleston Merchants Association

  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

  • U. S. Bureau of Land Management

  • Charleston Community Enhancement Corporation

  • Coos County

  • South Coast Development Corporation

 Other Project Team Participants:

  • Governor's Economic Revitalization Team - Jeff Griffin

  • U of O Federal Affairs Director - Betsy Boyd

  • Office of Congressman Peter DeFazio - Ron Kreskey

  • Citizen Representative - Ann Donnelly

 Oregon Solutions Project Manager:

  • Steve Bryant