Friday, Feb. 25, 2022
News & Notes
WEA and VAN to host Legislative Session Recap
   WEA's Government Relations Committee and Vision Action Network (VAN) are partnering on a legislative recap event on Wednesday, March 16.
   Oregon's short session ends on March 7, and our organizations have asked Westside legislators to join us for an engaging conversation.
   The Legislature has been working on funding for childcare, education, housing, homeless services, support for those in the nursing profession, and other issues.
   Together we'll find out what bills gained traction and what the legislators see as needing more work in 2023.
   To register, please click here.
Metro appoints new councilor for District 6
   While county commissions were busy last month appointing new state senators and representatives before the beginning of the short legislative session, Metro was appointing a new councilor for District 6.
   Duncan Hwang was appointed to finish the first half of Bob Stacey's term.
   Voters will decide later this year who will finish out the second half (two years) of the term for District 6.
   Hwang is co-executive director of APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) and a housing advocate.
   His district includes a part of Washington County.
   To read more about his appointment, visit Metro's website.
Legacy Health is awarded a $2.2 million grant
   As many of us know, the pandemic has drained workers' mental health, especially for those working in health care.
   Legacy Health is getting some assistance with this in the form of a federal three-year $2.2 million grant.
   The grant will help enhance or develop new programs to retain workers, reduce their stress levels, and improve employee wellness.
   “Now more than ever, it is important to support the mental and physical health of our staff to build resilience and alleviate moral distress among our workforce,” said Kathryn Correia, Legacy Health’s president and chief executive officer. “The last two years have taken an enormous toll on us all, particularly those delivering care in the most challenging of circumstances. We are honored to be one of only a few organizations nationally to receive this grant award.”
   Legacy was the only health care organization in the Northwest, and one of 10 in the nation, to be awarded this grant from a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
   To read more, visit Legacy Health's website.
Perlo expands its ownership, invests internally
   In an effort to keep their company's ownership local, the owners of Perlo Construction, Gayland Looney and Jeff Perala, have invited their executive team to be owners.
   This expanded ownership and executive team includes:

  • President Jeff Fisher,
  • Senior VP of Operations Chris Gregg,
  • VP of Preconstruction Services Chris McLaughlin,
  • VP of Construction Services Devin Koopman,
  • VP of Business Development Todd Duwe, who is also on WEA's Golf/Fundraising Committee.

   Perala said, "“This transition is an exciting path to the future. We knew that bringing our executive leaders onto the ownership team was an important step for preserving what Gayland and I treasure most about what we’ve built.”
   To read more, visit Perlo's website.
Odds & Ends
  • On Monday, it will be two years since Oregon's first COVID-19 case was announced, and this week Governor Kate Brown announced the state's mask mandate will be lifted by March 19 thanks to declining hospitalizations. Turn to Pamplin Media to learn more.

  • The long awaited opening of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts happens next month. Visit its website to learn more about the events planned for its opening season.

  • In honor and celebration of Black History month, WEA would like to share some noteworthy articles.

  • Oregon has made strides in Black employment, but there's still work to do according to the state's Employment Department. To see the latest labor market demographics for Black workers, visit the Oregon Employment Department's website.

  • The Portland Business Journal has recognized local Black leaders as part of its "Celebrating Black Leadership," including some WEA members from Intel, Kaiser Permanente, OHSU, Otak, and the Port of Portland.

  • Seven local businesses competed in a sold out PitchBlack event last night, and the $40,000 grand prize went to Adre, a real estate development company. The Shark Tank type event, provided an opportunity for Black entrepreneurs to showcase their companies to investors. To read more, turn to the Portland Business Journal.

  • WEA members NW Natural, The Standard, and Umpqua Bank have sponsored the second season of "Expressions in Black" on KGW, featuring Tigard High School student Bobbi Mackenzie. These stories provide perspective, inspiration, and education.
Events coming up
Mon. 2/28 at 12:00 p.m. - The cities of Cornelius and Forest Grove will host its annual "State of the City" addresses at the Prime Time Restaurant & Sports Bar. For more information, contact the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber.

Wed. 3/2 at 6:00 p.m. - "Late Night in Tigard" will be broadcasted virtually. This is Tigard's entertaining version of its "State of the City" address. For more information, visit Tigard's website.

Fri. 3/4 at 12:00 p.m. - The Golf/Fundraising Committee will meet virtually. If you sponsored last year and would like to secure the same sponsorship, please let the WEA staff know by 3/1.

Wed. 3/9 at 7:30 a.m. - The Transportation Committee will meet virtually. For more information, contact KC Reinhart.

Wed. 3/16 at 8:00 a.m. - The Government Relations Committee will meet virtually with Vision Action Network for a Legislative Recap. All members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Gail Greenman.

Wed. 3/16 at 12:00 p.m. - The Land Use & Housing Committee will meet virtually. All members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact KC Reinhart.

Wed. 3/23 at 7:30 a.m. - The WEA Board of Directors will meet virtually.