Friday, March 12, 2021
News & Notes
High praise for the region's healthcare providers & its collaboration
   During yesterday's WEA Government Relations Committee (GRC), members expressed gratitude for the collaboration of the region's healthcare providers, who also happen to be WEA members.
   Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence have partnered in a regional effort called "All4Oregon" to establish a mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center.
   The four providers have pooled vaccine supplies and staffing from its hospitals to make the site run as efficiently as possible.
   It's operational five days a week and seeing more than 5,200 people a day.
   According to the Oregon Health Authority, 160,000 vaccines have been administered at the Oregon Convention Center since the end of January.
   The site is said to be ready to handle more vaccinations once more supply is available.
   WEA Members at yesterday's GRC meeting credited Legacy Health for its help in leading and getting the site's scheduling process operating at a smooth level.
   Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue has also been helping to vaccinate people as well.
   They started with first responders and volunteers, who help with emergency response, and now the agency is helping Clackamas County administer the vaccine.
   TVF&R's Cassandra Ulven said the agency has provided more than 20,000 vaccines, and she expressed her gratitude to Nike and others who have helped provide space for the vaccination clinics.
Nike releases its impact report, looking towards cleaner energy at its facilities
   A brand of hope and inspiration - this is how Nike CEO John Donahoe described his company this week as it released FY20, Nike, Inc. Impact Report.
   Donahoe recognized Nike's unique position and its ability to make positive changes in the world.
   He said, "In the face of our society’s most pressing challenges, we embrace Nike’s unique opportunity to lead the way." 
   Nike has launched its Supplier Action Climate Program. which brings carbon reduction to manufacturing of its products.
   The company reports 100% renewable energy use at its owned or operated facilities in both the U.S. and Canada.
   Plus, its textile dyeing and finishing suppliers are using 30% less freshwater, and 99.9% of manufacturing waste from the company's Tier 1 finished goods footwear suppliers was diverted from the landfill.
   The Impact Report also addresses other issues such as actions the company has taken on equity and racial equality.
   Donahoe said, "We are also focused on building a diverse, inclusive team and culture, one in which all voices are welcomed and heard."
   The Impact Report provides a summary of the company's progress in meeting its goals, and it lists the targets it's reaching for by 2025.
   To see the full 125 page report, click here, or to see the 14 page Executive Summary, click here.
Transportation Committee gets an update on Washington County's MSTIP
   Members of the WEA Transportation Committee met virtually this week with Washington County's Stephen Roberts and Chris Deffebach to talk about the MSTIP (Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program).
   Roberts explained some of the history behind MSTIP, which started as a levy in 1986 and was rolled into the county's property taxes permanently in 1997.
   It is a unique program that is envied by other jurisdictions.
   The program has provided a funding mechanism to help pay for infrastructure as the county has grown.
   Planning for the MSTIP runs in five year cycles, and its nearing the end of its current cycle.
   Deffebach said she anticipates a list of possible projects for the next cycle will be available to see later this year.
   Roberts also shared how the County is wanting to incorporate more equity into the MSTIP planning process.
   Right now the funding goes to projects spread across the county geographically, but the County recognizes the need to look at projects using an equity lens.
   The program generates $35 million per year in funding revenue, totaling $175 million in a five year cycle.
   In its current cycle, the program is providing $160 million for 23 projects; $7 million for rural bridges; and $500,000 for the County's ITS (intelligent Transportation System) for technology enhancements that help alleviate congestion.
   It also helps to leverage funds by providing money that is matched by other programs.
   To see the slide deck from the presentation, click here.
Clackamas County, Beaverton, & North Plains share the state of their jurisdictions
Clackamas County
   With the pandemic, "State of the City" and "State of the County" addresses have been a bit later on the calendar than normal, but there is no doubt jurisdictions have been responding to their residents' needs.
   Clackamas County hosted its "State of the County" last week, incorporating all of its commissioners in the virtual event.
   County leaders talked about the Business Recovery Center and other pandemic related services.
   There was also talk about the County's priorities and the progress being made to achieve more in those areas.
   Click this link to view Clackamas County's State of the County.

City of Beaverton
   The City of Beaverton also hosted its virtual "State of the City" last week, which was Mayor Lacey Beaty's first address.
   Beaty talked about the City's response to the pandemic, and other City Councilors were also featured in sharing how the city is working with businesses and landlords to help them weather the choppy economic waters.
   REACH Community Development's Alma Flores also spoke on video about the City's plans for more equitable housing.
   Beaty also talked about the city's efforts in helping the homeless find shelter and the efforts being made to move people into more stable housing.
   Kaiser Permanente's Annie Herbert was also part of the virtual event and was able to talk about the regional healthcare providers' efforts to partner in getting people vaccinated for COVID-19, including being part of a Mayor's task force to locate a mass vaccination site in Washington County.
   To see the Beaverton "State of the City," see the video link below

North Plains
   North Plains met virtually with its residents this week, and Mayor Teri Lenahan provided her "State of the City" address.   She also spoke about her community's pandemic response and expressed her gratitude in how residents have been taking care of one another.
   Lenahan spoke about the City's plans for the future, including capital improvements, creating emergency response plans, enhancing the downtown, making improvements to transportation infrastructure, anticipating the development of homes, and planning for a possible urban growth expansion.
   Video of the event will be available soon, and WEA will share it when it does.
   To learn more about the City of North Plains, click here.
Golf Committee working on sponsorships & planning of the August 26 fundraiser
   Members of WEA's Golf Committee are in the early planning phases of the annual fundraiser, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 26 at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha.
   Companies that sponsored last year are being given the first opportunity to sponsor, also known as "the first right of refusal."
   Those who sponsored the 2020 tournament can secure the same sponsorship by responding to the Friday, April 2 deadline.
   After that date, all the sponsorship will be open.
   This annual fundraiser raises about 12% of WEA's budget revenue and helps to cover expenses, so it is a vital event for the organization.
   Sponsorships range from $150 (tee sign) to $2,000 (Gold sponsorship).
   If you'd like to learn more, please contact Teresa Dunham.
   WEA wants to thank KG Investment Properties, Nike, PGE, Robinson Construction, MBS, The Standard, Hathaway Larson, Kaiser Permanente, Felton Properties, Pacific Landscape Management, CBRE, Lumen, and the City of Forest Grove for its support.
Odds & Ends
  • WEA sent out a Member Survey earlier this week to use in shaping its strategy for the future. The deadline to complete the survey is next Friday (March 19). If you have questions about the survey, contact Teresa Dunham.

  • The City of Beaverton is looking for feedback in its hiring of a city manager. Click here to learn more.

  • National racial justice speaker Carol Anderson, who wrote "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" is speaking at a Beaverton Library virtual event on Saturday, March 20 at 6pm. To learn more, visit the Beaverton Library website.

  • The City of Wilsonville has created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and is looking for volunteers to serve on it. To apply, click here.

  • TriMet is building a new website and is looking for beta testers. Click here to experience it for yourself.

  • Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) is collecting feedback on a proposed bike and pedestrian bridge over Highway 26. The bridge would help to connect the Westside trail over the highway. To read more, click here.

  • Need some tips for helping to transition into Daylight Savings Time, which begins this weekend? Hillsboro has some ideas that you can start incorporating tonight. Visit Hillsboro's website to learn more.
Events coming up
Sun. 3/14 - Daylight Savings Time begins. Don't forget to spring your clocks ahead one hour. This is also a good time to check and/or replace your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

Wed. 3/17 at 12:00 p.m. - The Land Use & Housing Committee will meet virtually. All members are welcome. For more information, contact KC Reinhart.

Wed. 3/24 at 7:30 a.m. - WEA Board of Directors is canceled.

Fri. 4/2 at 12:00 p.m. the Golf/Fundraising Committee will meet virtually. This committee is working on the sponsorship phase for the annual Westside Golf Scramble, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 26. Please contact Teresa Dunham for more information on how to join.

Th. 4/8 at 7:30 a.m. - The Government Relations Committee will meet virtually. All members are welcome.

Mon. 4/12 at 12:00 p.m. - A Virtual Forum with Riahana Ansary, John Southgate, and John Tapogna, talking about the current economy and the economic development outlook as we go into economic recovery mode. Click here to register.

Wed. 4/14 at 7:30 a.m. - The Transportation Committee will meet virtually. All members are welcome.