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Celebrate WEA's 25th Anniversary

Register today

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

NW Natural - 250 SW Taylor Street

Help us celebrate WEA's 25th Anniversary and take a look back at the work we've done while honoring those who helped along the way.


We will be presenting our first-ever Visionary Awards to honor work on the federal and state CHIPS Act - ensuring we have the opportunity to grow our regional economy by creating, expanding and preserving semiconductor and advanced manufacturing in Oregon.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Janeen Sollman

Representative Janelle Bynum

The continued onshoring of this work to our region will have generational impacts on our economy.


We will also honor Intel for their corporate vision to invest in the Westside and expand their operations.


Through the years, WEA has had influential leaders steer WEA's Westside vision and we will honor their contributions and commitment.

David Bennett

Lois Ditmars

Norm Eder

Jack Orchard


Join us for this celebratory cocktail reception. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and hosted beer and wine included with your ticket.

Interested in Sponsorship?

Reach out to Dani - [email protected]

News & Notes

Westside Transportation: Time to weigh in

The Westside Multimodal Improvement Study is looking at how people travel in and through the westside corridor today and in the next 20 years. Building off of past studies, ODOT and Metro, in partnership with local agencies and other stakeholders have been working to understand how people travel by bus, on foot, or with wheels, also known as multimodal options.

This study will end with recommendations for potential plans, projects, strategies, and technologies that will address the needs of our community and travelers. This level of preliminary planning provides an opportunity to contribute to the community's vision for transportation.

The Steering Committee for the Westside Multimodal Improvement Study will hold its fifth meeting on November 2 from 2:30PM to 5PM. The purpose of the meeting is to present findings from recent analysis work with the Steering Committee to begin to narrow and prioritize investment options. The public comment period is on the agenda for 4:40PM. Verbal public comments in the meeting should be under 3 minutes. Comments in writing are always welcome and will be shared with the Steering Committee at a future meeting. Send written comments to: [email protected].

The meeting will be held in person with a virtual option. To attend Steering Committee online, please register at this link. The in-person meeting will be held at Washington County Public Service Building, Board Work Session Room 120D, 155 N 1st Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

If you are a WEA member, the Transportation Committee will be taking up the recommendations in the coming months.

Contact [email protected] to get engaged.

Washington County releases Supportive Housing

Services Report

Washington County issued their annual Supportive Housing Services Report this week.

This report details programs funded by the voter-approved Supportive Housing Services measure for the Washington County Homeless Services Division from July 2022 through June 2023. The report highlights “stories of hope” from service provider partners, newly housed program participants, and shelter guests across our community. They demonstrate the life-changing impact that stable, affordable housing can have on lives.

Over the last year, Washington County served 2,522 individuals with housing placement, case management services, rent assistance and/ or eviction prevention. In other words, we helped 2,500+ individuals exit homelessness to move into their own apartments or stabilize in their current housing. At the same time, shelter has proved an invaluable steppingstone to housing and allowed us to reduce unsheltered homelessness across our community. Last year, we added 220 beds/rooms to our shelter program – doubling access to shelter in just one year. Today, Washington County operates more than 400 rooms/beds to serve adults, families, youth, veterans, and medically fragile individuals, with more shelter options in the pipeline.

Housing Director Molly Rogers reflected, “With the groundwork in place, I look forward to making even more progress to address the regional housing and homelessness crises over the next year.” Click here to read the full report.

Tualatin Residents, this survey is for you.

Every few years, the city of Tualatin contracts with the National Research Center to conduct the National Community Survey. The National Community Survey is a statistically valid survey of resident opinion that asks questions on topics ranging from public safety to utilities, and from access to information to civic participation.

This will be the fifth survey we have completed since 2010. The National Community Survey provides robust benchmark comparisons across 350 jurisdictions in 46 different states. In fact, due to our survey results in 2020, Tualatin received the 2021 Voice of the People Award for Excellence in Utilities.

The City of Tualatin is asking all residents to complete the online survey between now and November 10. If you are a resident of Tualatin, you can click here to complete the survey.

CARES Northwest Announces Plans to Expand Services in Washington County by 2026

CARES Northwest is expanding services in Washington County with the relocation of its existing clinic to the Family Peace Center of Washington County. The Family Justice Center of Washington County recently purchased a 64,000-square-foot building located at 1100 NE Compton Drive in Hillsboro to house the new Family Peace Center, where CARES NW will offer expanded child abuse evaluation and support services in 2026 once building renovations are complete.  

By co-locating with other leading non-profits providing services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, CARES NW will make it easier for families impacted by child abuse to get the care and treatment they need closer to home. The new Family Peace Center will be a first in the State of Oregon by offering services to survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault in a single location.

CARES NW will join domestic violence and sexual abuse non-profits, including the Sexual Assault Resource Center and the Domestic Violence Resource Center, along with other non-profit organizations.

CARES NW provides a safe, child-friendly environment for the assessment of children for whom there are concerns of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence. Medical care and developmentally appropriate interviews are conducted in a comfortable environment to help children feel safe. Children receive a medical evaluation, family support, and mental health services, including trauma therapy and other support services designed for children recovering from abuse.

CARES NW is operated in partnership by WEA members. Congratulations to:

Legacy Health

Kaiser Permanente

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Providence Children’s Health

Family Peace Center Team from left to right: Leocadia Montero Hainley (FJC board member), Dezarae

Boyd-France (Family Skill Builders), Leanne Hartman (Family skill builders), Jenny Gilmore-Robinson (CARES Northwest), Danielle Fage (FJC board member), Erin Calvert (FJC board member), Rachel Schutz (FJC executive director), Carolyn Ortman (FJC board member), Kevin Barton (Washington County District Attorney), Judy Willey (FJC Board President), JoAnn Lumaco (FJC board member), Mary Gruss (FJC board member), Caprice Massey (Washington Country Sheriff’s Office), Kristan Rinell (detective Tigard PD, DVRC board member), Nina Dikova (Safety Compass), Dayana Paz (FJC staff), Alma Ramirez (Community Action)

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