Friday, January 6, 2023
Westside Economic Alliance turns 25!

As we kick off 2023, WEA begins a year-long celebration of our 25th Anniversary.

Throughout this year we will be taking time to look back at how our region has grown and changed over the last quarter century, while continuing to provide information and advocacy opportunities as we look ahead to the next 25 years.

Stay tuned for a calendar of special events and exciting celebrations.
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January Events
WEA is excited to announce our first in-person Legislative Reception since 2020. Join us to engage in this annual event featuring a lively conversation about how we work together to continue to create a vibrant economy on Portland's Westside.

Executive Director Elizabeth Mazzara Myers will moderate a conversation with state lawmakers covering key issues that matter to you and to our region. Plan to engage around the current business climate, what it takes to create a well-trained, well-paid workforce and what it looks like to live in a healthy community.

Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
McMenamin's Old Church & Pub, Wilsonville

Complimentary for WEA Members. Open to non-members for the first time. Non-member registration is $50.
Presenting Sponsor: Legacy Health

Thank you to Legacy Health for their commitment to the Westside Economic Alliance and a vibrant and healthy westside.
FORUM: Overview of the Westside's Real Estate Environment

Gain insights and perspective on the Westside’s real estate market with top producers and developers. Moderated by Blake Hering with Gantry, the panel will share the latest in the office, industrial, retail and multi-family sales sectors.
Thursday, January 26 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
Embassy Suites Tigard - Washington Square

Registration required. Member Registration $50. Non-Member registration $65.Register Today!
Apt. & Senior Housing
Kira Cador
Evan Bernstein
Pacific NW Properties
Jennifer Medak
Coming in February: Update on the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program

Featuring Transporation Committee Co-Chair Rep. Susan McLain, House District 29 (West Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove) and IBR Program Administrator, Greg Johnson.

Program details and registration coming soon.

Interested in sponsoring this forum? Contact Dani, WEA's Director of Membership and Events.
News & Notes
Westside electeds sworn in
Local governments across the Westside swore in newly elected officials this week. Congratulations to many of our public partners who won election, and re-election, this past fall. Among them were three of WEA's Board of Directors, Mayor Frank Bubenik of Tualatin, Mayor Heidi Lueb of Tigard and Metro Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez.
Frank Bubenik is sworn in for a second term as Mayor of Tualatin. Bubenik has served on the City Council since 2010.
Heidi Lueb is sworn in as first woman Mayor of Tigard.
This week she gaveled in the most diverse council in Tigard's history.
Metro Councilors Lewis and Gonzalez watch as Justice Adrienne Nelson oversees Councilor Huang's oath signing.
Committee Updates
2023 Committee Meeting Schedules

As we begin a new year, we are also launching a new schedule for our Transportation and Land Use & Housing Committees.

Land Use & Housing Committee will meet every other month starting in January, with a hold on the alternating months for emergent issues. The committee will continue to meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 12 - 1:30 p.m. and will meet ONLINE ONLY unless otherwise noted. Click here to request a calendar invite.

The Transportation Committee will meet every other month starting in February, with the same hold on alternating months. The committee will continue to meet the second Wednesday of the month, 7:30 - 9 a.m. and will hold HYBRID MEETINGS unless otherwise noted. Click here to request a calendar invite.

Government Relations will continue to meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:30 - 9 am. Click here to request a calendar invite.

WEA MEMBERS: Want to stay in the loop on our committee conversations and recommendations? Want to begin attending one or more of our committees? Contact [email protected] to find out more or to get connected to a Committee Chair.
Upcoming Committee & Board meetings

Land Use and Housing: Wed., Jan. 18, 12 - 1:30 pm. Online only.
Topic: The Journey Home: The campaign to build a center for homeless women & children with Union Gospel Mission's Ron Smicker.

Government Relations: Thu. Jan. 19, 7:30 - 9am. Location TBD.
Topic: Info on the May "Eviction Representation for All" ballot measure and what the Westside should expect in the '23 legislative session.

Board of Directors: Wed. Jan. 25, 7:30 - 9am. Online only.

For more information contact: [email protected] 
Member News
"Engage Hillsboro" is the theme of Mayor Steve Callaway and the Hillsboro City Council's 2023 State of the City event on Tuesday Jan. 31. Reception begins at 5 p.m. and live program begins at 6 p.m. Click to sign up for email updates on City of Hillsboro news and announcements.

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Looking to get more involved with WEA?

There are lots 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. Reach out to Dani to get connected with Transportation, Government Relations or Land Use & Housing committees. Love golf? Help with next year's Westside Scramble or help build our ever-growing membership.