Shaping the future of East Metrothrough economic advocacy.
The Urban Renewal Area is being considered in Fairview for two key purposes. First: to incentivize development of the area. Second: to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the transportation network along Halsey, Sandy and NE 223rd. Urban Renewal provides necessary funds for the City to pursue improvement projects and potential partnerships. In addition, Urban Renewal importantly creates incentives for developers to invest in the community. The Open House will provide an opportunity to learn more about the details of urban renewal as a community development tool and the specific projects being considered by the advisory committee for the Urban Renewal Area.
Municipal Broadband in East Multnomah County
Multnomah County has set plans to lead a study to evaluate the prospect of building a massive fiber network to provide broadband internet service. It would be, by far, the nation's largest municipal broadband system. East Metro Cities (Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village) have either agreed to or are considering being a part of and partially funding this study. This webinar will discuss the potential impact of municipal broadband in our region and allow you to hear directly from local technology expert and municipal broadband advocate Michael Hanna. Set you calendar to not miss the great presentation from the comforts of your own desk.
About Michael Hanna
Michael Hanna is the data architect for the Enterprise Data & Analytics Team (EDAT) within the Information Technology Division at Multnomah County government. He has been a database administrator and software developer for his entire adult career, and has been working to improve the lives of residents and employees of Multnomah County since 2001. When not being a data geek, he spends his time as a resilient cities, municipal broadband and post-carbon energy advocate—and is passionate about being out in nature as much as possible.
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Please join us for the
East Metro Economic Candidates Forum
September 20, 2018 7:30 am - 9:00 am
The East Metro Economic Alliance is excited to host the 2018 East Metro Candidates Forum for State Offices. There are five contested races between the State Senate (District 26) and State House (Districts 48, 49, 51, and 52) . We have invited all candidates including: Sen. Chuck Thomsen, Chrissy Reitz, Rep. Jeff Reardon, Sonny Yellott, Rep. Chris Gorsek, Justin Hwang, Rep. Janelle S. Bynum, Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Rep. Jeff Helfrich, and Anna K. Williams.
Our focus will be to see how each plans to support economic development in our state and specifically our region. We will provide you an opportunity to interact with the candidates both formally and informally. This is an opportunity to ask them the questions that you, your business, your organization and the community want answers to.
Housing and the Metro Housing Bond
The Housing Choices Task Force for the East Metro Economic Alliance will host its first event entitled, "Housing and the Housing Bond". This will be an in depth, roundtable discussion on the housing crisis in our area and some of the remedy being used to address it. We will have speakers on hand from Metro and Home Forward to discuss the Metro Bond, a speaker from Multnomah County to provide some background on the housing need, and a home builder to discuss the business of home building. Participants will be ale to interact, ask questions and help weigh in the the actions to be taken by the task force. Register today as this will be a very exciting event that will be informative and interactive.
Our featured speakers include:
Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, Metro District 1
Marc Jolin, Director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services for Multnomah County
Justin Wood, Owner of Fish Construction NW
Amanda Saul, Asst. Director for General Obligation Bond Development for Home Forward
About Councilor Craddick
Shirley served as lead Metro Councilor for the East Metro Connections plan, where she helped her district prioritize a set of transportation projects that will contribute to each jurisdiction's economic and community development goals. She will also be working on the continued development of the Intertwine, the region's integrated network of natural areas, parks and trails. In her capacity as Metro Councilor she serves on the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT), the Oregon Zoo Foundation Board, Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants selection committee, the Travel Portland board, Levee Ready Columbia and several other committees. Craddick served as a Gresham city councilor from 2004 to 2010. She is a retired registered dietitian and health researcher, serving at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research for almost 33 years. During her tenure she was involved in the design and implementation of multi-site behavioral clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is an author and co-author of scientific articles and books regarding the relationship of diet and cardiovascular disease
About Justin Wood
Justin Wood is one of the owners of Fish Construction NW, Inc. He has been building infill housing in Portland for almost 20 years, specializing in first time buyer homes, utilizing City of Portland programs to encourage homeownership for families making less then the area median family income (MFI). He is currently on the Board for the National Association of Homebuilders, the Homebuilders Association of Metro Portland, as well as the incoming 2019 President for the Oregon Home Builders Association. Justin spent 4 years on staff as the Director of Government Affairs for the HBA of Metro Portland, working on housing issues with all the area jurisdictions as well as Metro. Currently he serves as the chair for the Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC).
We are excited to focus on education for our October meeting. We will be hosting the 2018 East Metro Superintendents Panel. We have invited school district superintendents to participate as well as our new Mt. Hood Community College President. The panel will focus on providing updates from each on the school districts and informing businesses how they can be directly involved. There will also be updates on recently passed bonds and future bond requests, as well as a discussion on Career Technical Education and Dropout Reduction. As education is important to the economic vitality and livability of our region, this is a meeting you definitely want to attend. We will also be discussing how businesses can further engage with both the schools and students.
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East Metro Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 422, Gresham, OR 97030