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FOCUS 2020: East Metro Commercial & Mixed-use Development

  • January 31, 2020
  • 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 200 East Columbia River Hwy.,Troutdale, OR 97060 - Discovery Block



FOCUS 2020: East Metro Commercial & Mixed-use Development


What is FOCUS?

FOCUS is the annual? East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) event that tackles timely and compelling regional issues. The East Metro communities of Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village are a dynamic and rapidly changing part of the Portland Metro Region. Committed to advocating for East Metro’s economic vitality, EMEA presents FOCUS, bringing together industry leaders and city officials to engage and “FOCUS” on a topic. Through a variety of informative interactions, participants discuss and collaborate on solutions to creatively address the development needs of our communities. The goals of this event are to:


Share:  Who are we and what are we doing?

Gather:  What do we have and what are you looking for?

Collaborate:  How can we overlay and leverage resources for joint success?


Who should attend:

Developers, builders, realtors, architects, landowners, construction leaders, city, county and state leaders, policy makers, community leaders, and nonprofit leaders.


Who will be speaking?

  • Chris Cummings - Business Oregon
  • Matt Miller - Interim President & CEO of Greater Portland, Inc.
  • Ben Kaiser - Kaiser Group & Path Architecture
  •  Jay Fetherston - SVP, Retail North, Harsch Investment Properties
  •  Michael Nagy – Managing Director, Wood Partners
  • Matthew M. Brown – Principal, YBA Architects
  • Homer Williams
  • Mike Bremick
  • City Presentations
  • And more


What will be discussed?

  • City presentations on available lands, commercial and mixed use needs and program offerings
  • Incentives and barriers to development
  •  Placemaking
  •  Creativity in public spaces
  • Mixed use development
  • Flexible zoning
  • Walkability and walking areas
  • Entertainment Zones
  • Enterprise Zones?
  • Retail changes
  • Millennial Attraction
  •  Anchor Tenants


About East Metro Economic Alliance

The East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) is a 501(c)6, Oregon Mutual Benefit, non-profit organization comprised of businesses, chambers of commerce, school districts, nonprofits, municipalities and public agencies working together to shape the future of East Metro through economic advocacy. We each understand the unique needs of a region often unprioritized by others. We live here. We work here. We play here. We are invested in the long-term viability of this region for both this and future generations. We not only represent East Metro to the world, we live East Metro every day. We Are East Metro.

Call or Fax Us

Office: (503) 292-8881
Fax: (503)-292-8237


PO Box 422
Gresham, OR 97030

East Metro Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 422, Gresham, OR 97030

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