Prineville resident and life-long Oregonian, Jason Carr, announced Thursday that he’ll be seeking a seat on the Prineville City Council this fall.

Carr has been the economic development director for Crook County since 2007, and will soon be taking over as executive director of the Partnership to End Poverty.

Carr will emphasize jobs and the economy as a councilor, and will work to ensure the city’s continued financial health. Carr successfully managed the local economic development program, which attracted Facebook and Apple to Prineville and assisted local businesses.

“I’ve dedicated the last five years advocating for jobs and a friendly business environment. I’m proud to say that despite the difficulties of the recession, Prineville is on the path to economic diversification,” said Carr.

Carr spent 10 years as a journalist working for KTVZ-TV in Bend, and KEZI-TV in Eugene, before moving to Prineville. Carr’s media and economic development experience provides him with a unique combination of skills to be an effective leader at a time when jobs are at the center of every public policy discussion.

“Prineville is a community just bursting with potential. Aside from data centers, the Prineville Airport and Freight Depot offer the ability to support future job creation,” said Carr. “I believe my experience, knowledge, and relationships with key leaders in Central Oregon and across the state, will bring a unique perspective to the council.”

Carr has served on the City of Prineville’s Budget Committee, the Highway 126 Corridor Planning Committee, and the committee updating the city’s Transportation System Plan. Carr also serves on the boards of the Prineville Hospital Foundation and the Crook County Education Council that oversees the OSU Open Campus. Carr has been married to his wife Gwen since 1998 and their two children attend Crooked River Elementary School.

Carr noted, “I love Prineville. My family enjoys living here, contributing to the community and attending church in this community. We have no plans to move, and I think a seat on the Council is a perfect way for me to ensure that my children and someday even my grandchildren have reasons to want to live here, too.”