Principal Planner, Jacob Callister, specializes in land use and natural resource planning, interagency facilitation, telecommunications management, and special projects. Jacob joined the LCOG staff in 2007 and has worked closely with citizens, businesses, staff, and elected officials in both small and large communities on a wide variety of projects in well over a decade of public service with LCOG.
Highlights from the project work that Jacob has led at LCOG include:
- Project manager for an EPA funded, multi-agency effort to create, and maximize benefit from, the Wetland Assessment for Planning in Oregon (WAPO). WAPO is Oregon Department of State Land’s newest wetland assessment tool for addressing wetland resources in local planning efforts. (2016 to Present)
- Project manager for the Lowell Downtown Master Plan (2018 to 2019).
- Manager/facilitator of the River Districts Collaboration. Facilitating interagency cooperation and communication on economic development opportunities and projects in districts surrounding the Willamette River between Glenwood and Downtown Eugene. Partners include UO, City of Springfield, City of Eugene, Lane County and the Lane Transit District. (2016 to Present)
- Manager of LCOG’s Willamette Internet Exchange, a regional colocation facility that hosts public and private networks and has grown to become a connective heart of telecommunication within the region. (2017 to Present)
- Lead staff to the Regional Fiber Consortium (numerous municipalities that share ownership of hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable in southwestern Oregon). (2017 to Present)
- LCOG lead on the EUGNet project, coordinating the construction of a nationally recognized, publicly owned, open access high speed fiber network serving businesses in downtown Eugene. (2017 to Present)
- Managing the design and construction of an expansion of LCOG’s telecommunications carrier neutral hotel. (2018 to Present)
- Project lead for the Lane Livability Consortium. With HUD funding, numerous public agencies in the Eugene-Springfield area undertook a massive three year project to improve livability. Coordinated communications, facilitated working groups, and presented final products for this nationally recognized effort. (2012 to 2014)
- Lead staff for a nationally recognized natural resource planning project that completed and adopted local wetland inventories for eight small cities in Lane, Linn and Benton Counties. (2010 to 2014)
- Project lead on a UGB Expansion Study for the City of Coburg in 2010. The study included a Buildable Lands Inventory, Housing Needs Analysis, Economic Opportunities Analysis, and Expansion Alternatives Analysis. (2009 to 2010)
Jacob holds a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from Utah State University and an M.A. in Community and Regional Planning from University of Oregon. Jacob has biannually taught an introductory Geographic Information Systems course at the University of Oregon since 2009.