Friday, October 7, 2022
News & Notes
Oct. 10 Gubernatorial Forum -- It's not too late to register!
We're just days away from the Regional Growth Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Monday, Oct. 10 from 6-7 p.m. Forum topics include Business, Workforce, Transportation and Housing.

  • Register here for the online event.

  • Got a question for the candidates? Please submit them in advance of the event, as no live questions are allowed. Send questions to [email protected].

For more information, contact Elizabeth Mazzara Myers: [email protected].
For questions about registration, contact KC Reinhart: [email protected].
Remembering Wayne Atteberry
Our friend Wayne Atteberry died on Sept. 28 at the age of 83. Wayne, and his wife Betty, helped found the Sunset Corridor Association, which later merged with another organization to become the Westside Economic Alliance in 1998. His commitment to our community was instrumental in making our region an economic leader. We send our best wishes to Betty and the Atteberry family. Please see Wayne's full obituary and memorial service details here.

Transportation Committee: MSTIP Equity Index
The Wed., Oct. 12 Transportation committee will feature a presentation on Washington County's MSTIP Equity Index. The County is utilizing an “Equity Index” to inform prioritization of MSTIP 23-28 projects in terms of benefits for historically transportation-disadvantaged populations.
Johnell Bell, Founder/President of Espousal Strategies, along with Index author, Espousal's Jake Warr and Community Engagement lead Fabiola Casas, will participate in the discussion.
The meeting will be held at 3J Consulting in Beaverton, 9600 SW Nimbus Ave, Suite 100, Wednesday Oct. 12 from 7:30-9 a.m. Virtual attendance is also available. All members are welcome.
For more information or to register, contact KC Reinhart: [email protected]
Land Use and Housing Committee: Future of Mass Timber Industry

The Wed., Oct. 19 Land Use and Housing Committee will highlight the $41 million federal grant awarded to the Mass Timber Industry Coalition and future economic opportunities. Ken Anderton from the Port of Portland's Business Properties & Development program will discuss how the Port has embraced mass timber and future plans to mass-produce affordable housing.

The meeting will be held online only Wednesday October 19 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.mAll members are welcome.

For more information or to register, contact KC Reinhart: [email protected]
Increase your engagement with WEA

Are you looking for ways to get more involved with WEA? There are a lot of opportunities to engage. In addition to our regular Breakfast Forums, any member can join a committee. Come to every meeting, or just pop in for the topics of interest. Contact KC for more information on how to get connected with Transportation, Government Relations or Land Use & Housing. Love golf and want to help with next year's Westside Scramble or want to help build our ever-growing membership? Reach out to Elizabeth for more information.

Are you thinking about a leadership position with WEA? Contact Elizabeth to find out more about our Board of Directors and whether there might be a seat for you. Board elections will be held on December 14.

Member News – New Feature!
We've launched a new section in the Newsletter to highlight member news and updates. If you have content to share, send it to [email protected].

  • Join Centro Cultural on Wed., Oct. 12 for a special networking event with business and civic leaders. Centro's Economic Symposium - Latinos in Oregon: Corazón de la Economía is a chance to support Centro’s 50-year anniversary campaign and a vision that moves this business community forward. Together we'll explore how Latinos have evolved the economic landscape in Oregon and across our region. Details and registration here.
  • Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Legacy Health. National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the histories, cultures and contributions Hispanic and Latino people have made in the United States. The festivities begin Sept. 15 and end Oct. 15, lining up with the dates when several Latin American countries gained independence. Legacy Health observes Hispanic Heritage Month to honor, serve and celebrate its patients, employees and communities. From a healthcare perspective, this month is a time to shed light on the health disparities of our Hispanic communities. To help decrease the equity gap in health care, Legacy is working with interpreters to reduce language barriers and providing culturally sensitive counsel for patients. Click here to read the featured article on the WEA website.
Upcoming Events
Senator Wyden Featured Guest at Oct. 14 Breakfast Forum
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden joins us for a special Friday, Oct. 14 Breakfast Forum. Sen. Wyden has played a critical role to successfully pass key legislation on behalf of our region and the entire state.

Join us on Oct. 14 Breakfast Forum from 7:30-9 a.m. at Tigard Embassy Suites (9000 SW Washington Sq. Rd).

Register here.
For more information, contact KC Reinhart: [email protected].

Thanks to our Forum Series Sponsor Legacy Health and the presenter for this forum Kaiser Permanente.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici headlines Oct. 27 Breakfast Forum
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is our featured guest at the Thursday, Oct. 27 Breakfast Forum.

Rep. Bonamici has supported important legislation that's helping businesses, seniors, young people, women and more.

Join us as she highlights the 2022 legislative session with an overview of the top bills that were signed into law and talks about what's to come in the 2023 legislative session.

The Oct. 27 Breakfast Forum will be held at the Tigard Embassy Suites (9000 SW Washington Sq. Rd) from 7:00 - 9:30am. Registration will open on Thursday Oct. 13.

For more information or to register, contact KC Reinhart: [email protected].
SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE. Contact: [email protected]
Committee & Board Meeting Schedule

Wed. 10/12: Transportation Committee
Wed. 10/19: Land Use and Housing Committee
Wed. 10/26: WEA Board of Directors

For more information or to register, contact KC Reinhart: [email protected].
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

  • The City of Tigard is presenting El Tigre Fest on Oct. 15. The event will culminate a month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Food, arts & crafts, music and more at Dirksen Nature Park from 11:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

  • Join the Small Business Administration on Monday, Oct. 10 to meet impactful Hispanic-focused resource partners and hear Hispanic business owners share their successes. Virtual event from 9-11:00 a.m. Hosted by the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce. Event details here.

  • City of Hillsboro celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Proclamation. From September 15 to October 15 — and all year long — Hillsboro recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latine Americans who have inspired others to achieve success. The celebration continues as the City honors these champions through local art, classes, books, cuisine, performances, and more. Click here to find out how to get involved.

  • Looking for other ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out City of Tualatin's website that provides a great list of books, movies and educational materials.

  • Have a community event or news item you want to feature in the Newsletter? Contact us at [email protected].