Friday, December 16, 2022
As 2022 comes to a close, we have much to celebrate as we look ahead to 2023.

A special thanks to our Board of Directors and Executive Committee who have shown an extraordinary level of commitment to WEA throughout the leadership transition of 2022. Members will be hearing more from me in the coming weeks as we develop a read out of this past week's Board meeting and retreat.

A special thanks to our 2022 forum presenting sponsor, Legacy Health. Legacy, along with forum sponsors Kaiser, NW Natural, Comcast, and PGE helped us bring topics and speakers of interest to our members and our community.

And, while we continue to look ahead to exciting programming and convening opportunities in 2023, we also want to take a moment to thank those who came before us. As you may know, WEA lost two of our founding board members and longtime community leaders this year -- Wayne Atteberry and Frank Angelo. In honor of Wayne's long-time service to the WEA, we ask you to consider a contribution in Wayne's honor to the national Alzheimer’s Disease Research center at the Brite Focus Foundation.

Our successes and progress are the result of the dedication and collaboration of our amazing members. This will be our last newsletter of 2022, we'll be back on Friday, Jan. 6 with schedules for forums, committees and member only networking opportunities.

Happy holidays,
Annual Meeting, Officer and Director Elections
WEA honors Eder, Orchard for long-time service
This week WEA honored founding Board members Norm Eder and Jack Orchard. Both Norm and Jack were involved in the Sunset Corridor Association, which pre-dated WEA. Norm served as WEA's Board President for many years with Jack serving in various leadership positions over the years. We thank them for their decades of service to WEA and the westside region.

Additionally, the Board elected a new slate of Officers at their annual meeting earlier this week. Congratulations to: Nina Carlson (NW Natural), President; Gina Cole (Legacy Health), Vice President;
Randy Ealy (PGE), Secretary.

A special thanks to our most recent past President, Randy Ealy, who continues his service to WEA as the 2023 Secretary.

Additionally, we want to thank outgoing Tigard Mayor Jason Snider for his work as a Board member. We will miss his thoughtful additions to our deliberations.
WEA Government Relations Committee Chair Ed Trompke laughs with Norm Eder during a presentation honoring Norm's service to WEA.
Welcome new Directors

We are pleased to welcome John Howorth of 3J Consulting, Jesse Levin of The Standard and Tigard Mayor-Elect Heidi Lueb to our Board of Directors. Howorth also serves as Chair of the Transportation Committee.
John Howorth, 3J Consulting
Mayor-Elect Heidi Lueb
City of Tigard
Jesse Levin, The Standard
Welcome New Members
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News & Notes
Ava Roasteria breaks ground in downtown Tigard

A former brownfield site along Tigard's Main Street will soon become the four-story mixed-use Ava Roasteria Building. It will be the new home for the Washington County-based coffee company, with 22 apartments above.

The site was cleaned up with a $400,000 Brownfield grant awarded by the US EPA. The project has been years in the making and is a partnership between Tigard's Town Center Development Agency and Ava Roasteria.
Celebrating Together
Thanks to all who attended our WEA Winter Celebration. These gatherings are so important as we continue to create connections that will help our community move forward. Thanks to Jordan Ramis, PC for hosting the event.

And congratulations to the unofficial winner of our absolutely unofficial holiday spirit contest, King City Mayor Jaimie Fender.
Mayors Fender (King City) & Callaway (Hillsboro) with Commissioner Roy Rogers
Czarina Boyce (NW Family Services) enjoys the holiday spirit with Mayor Fender.
Incoming WEA President Nina Carlson (NW Natural) grabbing a selfie with Fender.
Upcoming Events
Washington County's only synagogue is bringing the Jewish Festival of Lights to Beaverton and Hillsboro next week in the early days of Hanukkah. The Chabad Jewish Center of Hillsboro will host a public menorah lighting at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Beaverton City Park. The Hillsboro event will be held at the Orenco Station Plaza from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
Member News
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This week, PGE CEO Maria Pope joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Climate Policy Office and Office of Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation for #ElectrificationSummit to explore how electrification can help the U.S. meet its climate and equity goals. Watch forum here.

Industrial development in the City of Hillsboro remains active, including data center firms expanding. WEA member Pamplin Media Group digs into the story of industrial land being annexed by the city.