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Government & Economic Affairs Committee (GEAC)... Advocacy arm of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce
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Meeting Schedule
GEAC meets every first Thursday of the month from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
Meetings are typically held in the Conference Room located at the Oregon City Chamber office, 2895 S. Beavercreek Rd.
Requirements
Oregon City Chamber members in good standing may send one or more representatives on their behalf. Voting privileges belong to the Member, thus only one vote per Member. Voting privileges must be earned by attendance at three consecutive meetings.

2017 Government & Economic Affairs Committee (GEAC) Platform


This statement identifies the 2017 priorities of the Government & Economic Affairs Committee (GEAC), and serves as the advocacy arm for the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce. We represent 275 businesses, organizations and individual members. These efforts give a voice to the local businesses and organizations who employ others, serve others, grow our local economy and invest in Oregon City’s future.

We continue to value and uphold the Chamber’s Mission: Working together to build economic vitality and quality of life for the Oregon City community. GEAC is further guided by the Principles of Economic Competition, Cooperation & Public Policy.

Oregon City
  1. Willamette Falls Legacy Project (Riverwalk Design) – Support and monitor partner efforts toward the Willamette Falls Legacy Project and development of the riverwalk.
  2. Tourism Development – monitor local progress including the Willamette Falls Heritage Area and support as needed.
  3. Economic Development Strategies (EDS) – Support development of economic strategies and as well as adoption by city commission, to include Workforce Development and Hotel Development.
  4. Public Safety Center (new police department) – Support another bond measure; provide input in crafting next version and communicate benefits to business.
  5. System Development Charges (SDC’s) – Continued engagement and leadership/collaboration for the update and reform of Oregon City SDC’s.
  6. Beavercreek Employment Area and Beavercreek Road Concept Plan – Participate in and identify the developable readiness of industrial lands while collaborating with City of Oregon City, Clackamas County and ODOT (as needed). Active engagement through the Adaptive Mobility Standards Community Advisory Group.
  7. Oregon City School District Bond Measure expected in 2017 – Study the school district’s efforts and their robust public engagement of long term facility planning.
  8. Public Transportation in Oregon City – Seek engagement with a variety of stakeholders to move to an improved means of meeting the needs of commuters for employment both within OC and going out of OC. [Oregon City has a massive reverse commute situation.] While affordable workforce housing may be part of a problem in our city; if our workforce cannot access reasonable public transportation then building more housing won’t necessarily fix the problem.
  9. Water and Sewer Infrastructure (Water Environment Services) – Continue to monitor and follow up with City Manager and Public Works Director, regarding impacts and progress.
  10. Influence development of friendly policies, processes and general customer service throughout city departments.
Clackamas County
  1. Water and Sewer Infrastructure (Water Environment Services) – Continue to monitor and follow up with City Manager and Public Works Director, regarding impacts and progress.
  2. Transportation and Road Maintenance – Support prioritization of upgrades and needed maintenance on local thoroughfares, including Beavercreek Road and Highway 213. [Refer to our overarching transportation statement in “Principles of Economic Competition, Cooperation & Public Policy” with specific reference to Beavercreek Road intersection.]
Metro
Public Transportation in Oregon City – Seek engagement with a variety of stakeholders to move to an improved means of meeting the needs of commuters for employment both within OC and going out of OC. [Oregon City has a massive reverse commute situation.] While affordable workforce housing may be part of a problem in our city; if our workforce cannot access reasonable public transportation then building more housing won’t necessarily fix the problem.

State
As state issues develop, we reserve the right to support or oppose as each affects Oregon City area businesses.



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