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Friday, July 7, 2023
HEADS UP! Beginning the night of Friday, July 21 through Monday, July 31, ODOT crews will reduce a section of northbound 217 to one lane, starting at the I-5 interchange and ending near the 99W interchange. 
News & Notes from WEA
End of session wrap up a success
On Tuesday June 27, the Westside Economic Alliance and the Clackamas County Business Association hosted the 2023 Legislative Wrap Up, where legislators across the region reflected back on a challenging legislative session and looked ahead to the important work that needs to happen before the 2024 session.

Senate Majority Leader Kate Lieber expressed optimism about Oregon's economic development following the passage of Senate Bill 4 and House Bill 2009, which included research and development tax credits. She emphasized the significance of bipartisan relationships and the local impact of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Senator Janeen Sollman highlighted that Oregon is now innovation-ready due to the passage of Senate Bill 4 and House Bill 2009. Eleven companies have shown interest in utilizing new land use and funding opportunities.

Senator Aaron Woods, representing Transportation, expressed optimism about Oregon's future prospects, citing investments in broadband, cybersecurity, and the establishment of the Oregon Cybersecurity Center for Excellence through House Bill 2049. The Transportation subcommittee on tolling is seeking community feedback to inform decision-making.

Representative Susan McLain played a key role in securing funding for the Interstate Bridge Replacement. With financing in place, Oregon and Washington can submit grant requests to the Federal government while focusing on planning, transit modalities, safety, and reliability. She also expressed enthusiasm for funding semiconductor work, business mobility, and upcoming projects like the Rose Quarter and Albina. Additionally, she highlighted ongoing efforts in tolling types, diversion management, and building relationships with affected communities.

Representative Courtney Neron emphasized the need for a stable and redesigned child care system to support Oregon's growth. She expressed cautious optimism about the state's future and a commitment to aligning housing, business needs, and child care. She stressed the importance of including the voices of the most impacted local communities in tolling decisions.

In the interim, WEA will keep an eye on: CHIPS, Inflation Reduction Act workgroups, tolling and land use/supply updates.
What's YOUR one word?
If you've attended any of our events where we have the opportunity to speak directly with our electeds, you know we like to end by asking a "one word" question. With the final gavel haven fallen in Salem, it seemed a good time to reflect back on how our state and local electeds have been feeling throughout 2023.

At January's Legislative Reception when asked about the state of the State of Oregon we heard "Great Opportunity" from Senator Lieber and "Innovative" from Senator Sollman -- when asked the same question during our end of session wrap-up we heard "Economic Engine" and "Innovation-Ready" from each of them respectively. With both bringing high energy and positivity to their answers.

When asked about the state of the Westside during that same January legislative reception here is what we heard other legislators: "Capable" from Representative Helm, "Families" from Representative Reynolds, "Diverse" from Representative Pham and "The Best" from Representative Bowman.

At the May 25 Mayors forum, we asked each Mayor for one word to describe the Westside, here is what we heard.

Beaty (Beaverton) "Rad"
Bialostosky (West Linn) "Awesome"
Bubenik (Tualatin) "Connected"
Callaway (Hillsboro) "Well Positioned"
Dalin (Cornelius) "Diverse"
Fender (King City) "Vibrant"
Jones (Banks) "Growing"
Lenahan (North Plains) "Diverse"
Lueb (Tigard) "Community"
Rosener (Sherwood) "Engine"
Wenzl (Forest Grove) "Perfect"

We want to keep the dialog going...we want to know what is YOUR ONE WORD?

Click here and let us know what you think about the state of the State of Oregon and the state of the Westside.

All participants will be entered in a drawing for a Starbucks gift card.

NOTICES: Opportunities to get engaged & be heard
The Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program documents how greater Portland communities will invest federal transportation money from 2024 to 2027. The Metro Council will accept testimony at a public hearing at 10:30 July 20, 2023, when they will also consider adoption. Click here to learn how to provide testimony to Metro.

A 45-day public comment period for the public review draft Regional Transportation Plan and High Capacity Transit Strategy will open July 10, 2023. The 2023 Regional Transportation Plan provides the opportunity to update the investments the greater Portland region will make in roads, sidewalks, bikeways, transit and freight routes to support communities today and in the future. This update defines a path toward creating a safe, reliable, affordable and climate-friendly transportation system for the next 25 years. Starting July 10 you can CLICK HERE to complete an online survey, a comment form and to find out other ways to provide comment.

Want to find out more about Tolling?
Here are some upcoming events on the Westside:
  • July 8 – Hillsboro Farmer's Market
  • July 12 – West Linn Adult Community Center
  • July 15 – Oregon City Farmer's Market
Are you a WEA Member? Do you want to get a message out about an important program or project? Contact [email protected].
Westside Scramble News and Volunteer Registration
Thursday, July 27, 2023
12:30 pm start | North Course
The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club

Join us for the 37th Annual Westside Scramble. The scramble format tournament (par is your friend) is a fun afternoon with 144 players and sponsors with some of the greatest games, competitions and prizes. Enjoy lots of food, drinks and camaraderie throughout the day.

For those of you who want to take it to the next level...the 2023 theme is: Dress like it is 1986 to celebrate the 37 years of the tournament. Decorate your cart, design your outfits and win prizes for your creativity.
Want to Volunteer?
Would you like to volunteer?
Do you have a team at your office who would like to volunteer?
Sponsorships Still Available.
Interested in a Westside Scramble sponsorship? We have hole sponsorships and other promotional sponsorships available.
We have a waitlist to play.
Reach out to Dani if you would like to be added to the waitlist. The Foursome includes lunch, dinner, and two carts per team
- and a ton of fun.
Reach out to Dani for Sponsorship, Volunteering and the Waitlist!
Mark your calendar
Save the Date for The Westside Scramble’s
Meet and Beat Your Westside City Leaders - A Putt Off

Bring your putter for some healthy competition against Westside electeds and senior staffers in the 1st Westside Scramble putting contest. You will putt against three elected officials or senior staffers and have three challenging putts to sink. Lunch is included.

Our rules officials, fomer Mayor Pete Truax and Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers, will emcee the contest from 11 am – 1:15 pm. Stay tuned for more information on how to sign up for your 15 minute session.

Not a player? Join the gallery to watch, mingle and enjoy lunch.

Already on a team? –  sign up to putt $50
Lunch Registration and A Putt                  $75
Mix and Mingle with Lunch                        $50
Elected Officials and Senior Staff             Complimentary

*Stay tuned for registration details or reach out to Dani at [email protected]    

WEA is turning 25. Come celebrate with us.
On November 7 Westside Economic Alliance will celebrate our first 25 years.

Mark your calendar and join us as we take a look back 5o honor our past and those that helped build WEA into the regional voice we are today.

Sponsorship, registration and program details coming soon. Or reach out to [email protected].