Chamber CEO Testifies at City Council on Charter Review - urges community engagement

January 30th, 2020

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Good evening Mayor, City Councilors – thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak this evening.

My name is Lorraine Clarno, I serve as the President/CEO of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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We have been following the Charter Review process embarked on earlier this past fall and have done our best to stay up to speed the past few months on your discussions and ultimately, the recommended Charter changes being presented today in this second public hearing.

Beaverton has changed a great deal since the adopted Charter in 1980 and even since the Urban Renewal Charter Amendment in November of 2008 1박2일 시즌1 다운로드. Beaverton as a community, prides itself on being pro-active and current. Successful business operates in a constant world of change and must be evolving and innovating regularly to remain relevant, efficient and ready for the future. To that end we thank you for doing your research and applaud your study to determine what form of government will be best for Beaverton going forward 다운로드.

I have talked with many of our members and partners personally over the past weeks and we recently called for a special meeting of our Business Advocacy Council on this topic resulting in some great discussions. At this time we have more questions than answers and are not here tonight to advocate for or against the recommended City Manager/Strong Council form of government 다운로드. In fact, without naming names here this evening, I was shocked at the number of very engaged business owners and operators that had no knowledge of this work being done.

Beaverton spent 5+ years collecting input and having dialogue with more than 10,000 citizens to develop the Community Visioning plan which has served us so well yum 패키지. When working on the Charter Amendment in 2007 to allow for Urban Renewal I can personally recall a tremendous amount of community outreach and informational sessions many of us participated in to ensure its successful passage. What’s before you this evening is a complete Charter/Constitutional overhaul and this is the second public hearing.

Being fully transparent with you this evening, many of those we’ve spoken with agree that it is time to consider a professional city manager model for Beaverton 다운로드. What started as a language clean up and look at moving to a PT ceremonial mayor/city manager model has resulted in what is a complex hybrid model of Fulltime Mayor/Strong Council. The timing and rush concerns them. There are significant budgetary implications in the Charter draft if passed and yet no discussion around what that is or could be 다운로드.

If your intention this evening is to move this forward for the May ballot, we would ask you to reconsider and look at the November 2020 election ballot. It would give more time for us to understand why this is good for business – our primary focus. It would give more time to get voters up to speed and understand any needs for change 다운로드. And, finally, November would allow for more inclusive conversations and you would have a much more diverse electorate deciding on what is best for Beaverton’s future.

We are here tonight as a partner, to ask for more time to engage the community, get questions answered, and ultimately see a successful campaign that passes the first time to lay the foundation for Beaverton’s future.    

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What are the benefits to the citizens of Beaverton in making this change 해수체 다운로드?

Will this streamline or make it more difficult for businesses to build businesses and create livable wage jobs for the citizens of Beaverton?

How will this change impact the collaboration required of our Beaverton City Leadership with the various special districts, Washington County, Metro, etc. 스틱파이터 다운로드?

If approved, how would the transition truly work given that we have candidates filed to run for positions that may actually change before they are even elected or take their seat.

What are the costs of this change to the taxpayers? The current version of the City Charter being proposed includes the addition of a new City Councilor, a new City Manager, undefined numbers of support staff as needed for the mayor and the Council while not addressing the compensation expenses directly of all of the moving parts other than to give the Council full authority to set the pay levels of all of the above. 

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Pay Equity Guide for Members

December 10th, 2018

The Bureau of Oregon Labor & Industries released their final rules for employers and employees on Oregon’s groundbreaking Equal Pay Act, passed by the 2017 Oregon legislature 영화 더콜 다운로드.

The new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2019 requires that employees be paid equally for comparable work regardless of gender or any of Oregon’s ten other protected classes 스타1 캠페인 다운로드.

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Chamber Announces Business @ the Speed of Change

September 16th, 2018

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Lorraine Clarno, 503.350.2006
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Dianne Danowski Smith, 503.201.7019

 

BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF CHANGE: B2B EVENT EXPLORES THE NEW

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Beaverton Business Summit date and content is announced Sunday morning download. Check social at @BeavBiz2018

 

(Beaverton, Ore.)  — “Businesses set up for success are those that adapt at an increasing rate of change,” said Steve Smelley, Chief Operating Officer at PayneWest Insurance, the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Beaverton Business Summit 다운로드.

 

PayneWest is partnering with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce to roll out the annual Beaverton business event, set for Thursday, November 8 다운로드.

 

“Content at the Summit comprises key business-to-business topics designed to be immediately relevant and showcase networking opportunities, so firms can be local, stay local and grow locally,” said Chamber President Lorraine Clarno 다운로드. “This is a key event illuminating how the chamber works to promote every aspect of our local economy.”

 

Morning keynoter Victoria Trabosh, a TEDx presenter who espouses a leadership-built-on-wisdom style, will present ‘Leading Change and Facing the Storm,’ about best practices of how businesses of all sizes and shapes must learn to manage change windows 7 iso 한글. The afternoon keynote by Bill Tracy, vice president at Structured Communications Systems, homes in on the ‘New User Economy’ to show businesses how to adapt and compete using trends set by large companies 델타포스 블랙호크다운 다운로드.

 

Content and topics will feature sessions including, “The New Language of Business for Young Professionals,” “3 Proven Steps to Eliminate Abrasive Behaviors (and Harassment) in the Workplace,” “What’s Up Beaverton: Up Close with Beaverton’s Community and Economic Development Experts,” and “Local Electeds: Sharing Oncoming Priorities,” as well as emerging intel on diversity and inclusion, tax law updates, health/wellness in the workplace, social media trends, and small business resources 다운로드.

 

“We are also excited to announce the event will also feature the Summit Biz Exch@nge, a local marketplace designed for companies and professionals to interface and network among attendees,” said Rhonda Reister, manager of Beaverton’s E-Suites, and  chair of the Beaverton Business Summit 2018 아빠는딸 다운로드.

 

Key partners underwriting the event include PayneWest Insurance; Nike; Portland General Electric; Kaiser Permanente; Aliat; Tektronix; Metro West Ambulance; Madden Industrial Craftsmen; Moomaw Mesirow & Godfrey, LLP; Willamette HVAC; Publix Northwest Public Relations and Public Affairs; and the City of Beaverton 다운로드. Registration is now open:

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https://beaverton.org/events/calendar/#cid=135&id=842&wid=1601&refid=18531055 공제신고서.  Participation is open and not limited to Chamber members.

 

Find out more at the Chamber’s Website https://beaverton.org/events/beaverton-business-summit/, and on the social feeds @BeavBiz2018 on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

 

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Metro's Regional Affordable Housing Bond is a NO

August 7th, 2018

No one can deny we have a crisis when it comes to affordable housing in our area.

But what is the right solution 서유기전 다운로드? How do we tackle the issue straight on and ensure accountability in the results?

Last Thursday we CONVENED leaders, stakeholders and partners to learn about the Metro Affordable Housing Bond and the companion proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot 다운로드.

Your Chamber supports the constitutional amendment (Measure 102) put forth to allow for public-private partnerships and ownership to be one part of the solution, but does not support the Metro Regional Affordable Housing Bond Eps download.

This was not an easy decision, and in my tenure, probably one of the heaviest decisions cast by our Business Advocacy Council and board members present 쿠로코의 농구 1기 다운로드. Our board knows we have a huge crisis on our hands and it is impacting our community and our businesses negatively .

The challenges with the $652.8 Million 20-year Bond include:

Metro does not have experience in affordable housing projects and the bond calls for a 7% administrative fee off the top 세종대 다운로드. Washington County, since 1970, has the Housing Authority of Washington County in place (now called the Department of Housing Services) with almost 50 years of track record in the arena 셀럽알람 다운로드. This bond, if passed, would be adding an additional governmental layer and costs.

The details and levels of specificity needed to have the confidence that Beaverton and Washington County would receive its fair share of the resources are not in place in totality at this time 스나이퍼 고스트 워리어 다운로드.

The Metro bond, when retired at 20 years, will have actually cost property owners close to $1 billion dollars and meet, per Metro, only somewhere between 5 – 7% of the actual need in our area 다운로드. 3,900 units and that is if the Constitutional Amendment passes, 2,400 if not.

The population served and eligible for this housing need wrap around services to be successful in housing and employment 이지 트랜스 다운로드. There is nothing built in to the bond measure for such services.

Ultimately, this bond measure is an attempt to do something…anything. But throwing money at something without addressing its root causes is not in our best interest as the Beaverton community 다운로드. We have to demand efficiency, accountability and results. To get beyond 5-7% of our area’s need for affordable housing, we must look at land supply, system development charges, and find ways to improve education and workforce training. Our community and residents deserve that.

We are hopeful that the constitutional amendment will pass and enable public-private partnerships for affordable housing to be a larger part of the solution for affordable housing projects going forward.

The Chamber leadership will work with our City, County and other stakeholders to make systemic changes and be part of a solution that will make long-term and effective changes for our residents and community. We can do better.

Lorraine Clarno, ACE
President/CEO

 

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Convening Labor & Leadership to talk Grass Root Understanding and Solutions

May 31st, 2018

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July 29, 2018 the leadership of labor, business and public education met to discuss the future of education, the state budget crisis and how together…we may craft potential ideas and come to understand one another’s lenses, beliefs and values 다운로드.

We are in this together for Beaverton and Oregon as parents, sons, daughters, husbands, wives and tax payers. The premise – we all have to be a part of the solution and part of a shared compromise 아파치 톰캣 다운로드.

I am happy to report it was a very successful initial meeting where our one overriding goal was to meet each other and determine if we felt we could move forward with what we all know will be tougher conversations 다운로드. YES! We have collectively decided there is great value in going further together. We have data points to collect and are working on our next agenda and meeting 다운로드. This is an organic and fluid process that I am confident will bring our community closer, improve communication and develop a greater respect and potential for all of us.

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Yes for Beaverton Schools!

May 9th, 2018

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2018 Candidate Endorsements for May Announced

January 31st, 2018

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Press Release – Chamber Announces Endorsements for May 2018


Lacey Beaty, Beaverton City Council Position 1

Laura Mitchell, Beaverton City Council Position 2

Marc San Soucie, Beaverton City Council Position 5

Pam Treece, Washington County District 2

Ryan Deckert, Washington County Chair

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Metro Seat 4

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Welcome to 2018!

December 28th, 2017

Amy Saberiyan Takes the Helm of the Chamber

Mom, Owner of Ava Roasteria, PhD, Engineer, Developer and more.

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I have seen my Ava’s on 2nd and Hall and at Progress Ridge turn into the second offices for so many of my fellow Chamber partners 다운로드. It warms my heart to see my dream and vision a part of this wonderful community.

I am committed to using my post to make a difference for all businesses 다운로드. My voice will champion your issues and causes in the upcoming year. The Chamber will continue to offer a wealth of connecting and networking opportunities as well as some new educational tools to help us all succeed 무비 메이커 한글판 무료 다운로드. Take advantage of them. Never stop learning. Never fail to ask for help – we can in all likelihood direct you to a life line of support.

Cheers to a successful and fulfilling 2o18!

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OregonSaves Rolls Out - Offer a retirement plan for employees? If not...You better get up to speed.

July 11th, 2017

The Oregon State Treasury is launching a new program called OregonSaves that may impact your business, clients, and members.

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2017 Action Plan

January 18th, 2017

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What are we going to do for you in 2017?

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