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GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS (GEAC)
Business Advocacy 
 
  

 

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   GEAC Advocate Sponsor

 

 

It is critical that the business community at large have an advocate to represent business concerns and questions. The Government & Economic Affairs Committee (GEAC) serves that purpose in the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce. This team, comprised of Oregon City Chamber members, representatives from city, county and other organizations, meets monthly to discuss matters as they pertain to the community and specifically business. Topics are determined by immediacy of the issue and value to business including: Worksource, transportation, Willamette Falls Legacy Project or Beavercreek Employment area.

 

Meeting Schedule
GEAC meets the 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.

 

 

Team Requirements: Members Only
Oregon City Chamber members in good standing discuss and vote on current topics. Voting privileges established at one vote per Member must be earned by attendance at three consecutive meetings. 

GEAC Platform

This statement identifies the 2018 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 Oregon City Chamber’s Mission: Working together to build a vibrant economy and enhance the 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 – 2017 study of 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 of Oregon
As state issues develop, we reserve the right to support or oppose as each affects Oregon City area businesses.

 

 

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Governor Kate Brown visits the falls to help launch the Legacy Project.

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Inside one of the building to be renovated.

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Chamber Board members and staff tour the site.

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Oregon City West Linn bridge from water.

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Close up of the rugged Willamette Falls.