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Friday, June 23, 2023
A note from your Executive Director
What better way to kick off summer than with Juneteenth celebrations last weekend and Pride festivities throughout the month? I hope you are taking advantage of the long days and getting out into our beautiful Oregon summer.

But even with all the fun, there is no doubt that most eyes are focused on the State Capital as legislators rush to pass critical budget and policy bills before the final gavel falls no later than Sunday June 25. Join us for our ONLINE ONLY legislative update to get up to speed on what passed, what died, and what it means to have the longest walkout in Oregon history (42 days).

A few important scheduling reminders:
  • Our Quarterly Member reception is around the corner. Click here to get info or sign up.
  • Committees do not meet in July.
  • July 27 is the Westside Scramble. Call is out for volunteers - see sign up info below.
And as we make our way through summer, we here at WEA HQ are already looking out to the fall and beyond to 2024 to ensure we have substantive programming to support our forum series and that we create opportunities for you to connect in meaningful ways with our federal, state and regional electeds. All with the goal of providing a space where we can collaboratively create the conditions needed for to realize vibrant, prosperous, and diverse communities on the Westside of the Portland Metro region. WEA recently refreshed our Vision, Mission & Strategy Statements. Click here to find out more about what drives us.

My door is always open, literally and figuratively. Drop me a line with input and ideas. I am available for zoom chats or phone calls or a coffee. Let's work together to make sure WEA is working for you.
News & Notes from WEA
Economic Incentive package heads to Oregon Senate
Earlier this week, the Oregon House passed House Bill 2009, which created the critical research and development credits needed to make Oregon nationally competitive for federal CHIPS and Science Act grants. This is one of the most important pieces of legislation this session.

Earlier this session, the Legislature delivered a $210 million investment in the Oregon semiconductor industry through Oregon CHIPS (Senate Bill 4), which positions Oregon businesses to compete for this time-sensitive federal funding. The 2023-2025 Economic Incentive Modernization Budget package (House Bill 2009) will set companies up to apply for this funding.

Join WEA on Tuesday evening when Senator Janeen Sollman (District 15 - Forest Grove, Cornelius, Hillsboro, Rock Creek) will provide us an update on this critical piece of legislation, which also addressed Enterprise Zones and the Strategic Investment Program, or SIP. See registration info for the online event below.
City of Wilsonville adopts plan, invests in transit
At the June 19, 2023, meeting of the Wilsonville City Council, on first reading, the Council adopted a new Transit Master Plan, which details a work plan to guide South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) operations. The plan guides future goals and strategies to help the City of Wilsonville improve transit services and maintain a sustainable public transit system.

The Council also approved a $850,000 contract with PIVOT Architecture to design SMART’s facility expansion, which is to provide additional fleet parking, a reconfigured drive aisle, security gate, automated bus wash facility, and to underground electric utilities for battery-electric bus charging. Final design and construction is to be funded with Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) formula and local transit tax funding. 

The next regular meeting of the City Council is to be held on Monday, July 17, at 7 pm; a pre-meeting work session is scheduled at 5 pm. Community members can watch all City Council meetings on cable (Xfinity Ch. 30, Ziply Ch. 32) or on the City’s YouTube channel:
Yoder selected as Willamette Valley Region President for Legacy Health
WEA welcomes Joe Yoder to the Legacy Health leadership team as president of the Willamette Valley Region. In this role, Joe will lead Legacy Meridian Park and Legacy Silverton Medical Centers, two hospitals that serve the mid-Willamette Valley south of Portland and Marion County. Yoder brings almost two decades of health care leadership experience to his new role, where he will focus on the community's health needs and improve patients' overall health care experience across a vast array of services. You can learn more about Joe here.

Please welcome Joe the next time you see him at an event. 
Are you a WEA Member? Do you want to get a message out about an important program or project? Contact [email protected].
Upcoming WEA Meetings & Events
End of session wrap up
Join Westside Economic Alliance as we partner with Clackamas County Business Alliance to provide an end of session Legislative Wrap Up.

Get up to speed on everything that did, and didn't, get done during the historic 2023 Legislature.

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Senator Janeen Sollman: Oregon CHIPS (SB4) and 2023-2025 Economic Incentive Modernization Budget package (HB2009)
  • Representative Susan McLain: Transportation and I-5 Bridge Update
  • Senator Aaron Woods & Representative Courtney Neron: Tolling

No registration fee for members
of either WEA or CCBA.
$15 for non-members.
WEA Member Reception
Join us for our upcoming Member Reception.

Wednesday June 28 at Nebulous Taproom in Beaverton.

This is a great chance to get to meet your Board of Directors, mix and mingle with other members, and enjoy some beautiful Oregon summer sun.
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!