City of Tigard New “Advance Tigard” Program

Advance Tigard

Recruitment and hiring are extremely difficult, and it’s more challenging than ever for employers to attract quality talent. Replacing an existing employee is also incredibly costly. Between lost productivity, impacts on company morale and the true cost of recruitment, turnover expenses add up. Focusing on employee retention is the best way to avoid these unnecessary expenses. By helping entrepreneurs promote their exemplary employees, Advance Tigard a win-win for business owners and workers.

Advance Tigard is a career advancement program that helps Tigard residents working in Tigard at Tigard-based businesses. Managed by the City of Tigard’s economic development team in partnership with non-profit partner Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), this program provides a matching grant for career education/training when an employer and employee work together to develop a training and advancement plan and make a financial commitment to advancing the employee’s career.

Any Tigard resident who works for a company located in Tigard is eligible to apply. Working together, an employee and employer decide on the appropriate training and write a simple training and advancement plan. Your training and advancement plans should include the proposed training name, credential received (if applicable), preferred training provider, and the potential advancement that could result from this training. All of these elements are listed in the application.

Through the application below you can apply for a City of Tigard grant to help cover the cost of education/training that advances your career with your current employer. Employees and employers should work together to complete the application. Once the application is received and approved, a career coach provided at no cost will, if needed, guide and support the employee and employer to attain the training and advancement goals.

Apply Here

Advance Tigard Process

  1. Employee and employer use the link above to complete an application.
  2. City of Tigard staff and IRCO career coaches review application a notify applicants of training grant award amount. In most cases, payment will be made directly to the training provider.
  3. Employee and employer review and sign a training program agreement outlining the training details, program cost share, etc.
  4. Employee completes education/training and notifies City of Tigard staff/IRCO career coach upon completion.
  5. Employer/employee notifies City of Tigard/IRCO about the career advancement if/when that happens.

The City of Tigard has limited grant funding for this new workforce development program to help Tigard residents develop skills to advance their careers with their current employer. Applications will be considered as long as funding is available.

Advance Tigard Priorities

  • Incumbent Employees who are employed and have a potential career path with their current employer in the City of Tigard.
  • Education/Training for professional development/certifications or similar training that an employer recognizes as a skill advancement (not tuition for a 2-or 4-year degree).
  • Residents from low income households.
  • Small businesses without an employee training program.

City funds will be paired with employer and employee contributions for use within 12 months. The education expense must relate to a professional development/training/certification agreed to by the employee, the employer and the city/IRCO. The education experience must advance the skills of the employee in a way that qualifies them for a new higher-paying position with their current employer.

City of Tigard Drive-Thru Hiring Event

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Drive-Thru Hiring Event

When: September 15, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (set-up for employers starts at 9:00 AM)

Where: 14275 SW Milton Ct, Tigard, OR 97224

Cost: FREE

What is a Drive-Thru Hiring Event?

Think of it as a pop-up career fair on the street with social distancing in place to talk to job seekers. You will have space to set up your table, chairs and a canopy (if you would like shade). We’re providing the drive through location with elbow-room and a chance for you to talk with job seekers looking for work. Job seeker are invited to drive-thru and stop for a chat at your location or park and walk up for a visit if they choose. Employers must bring their own tables, chairs and canopy (optional).

This hiring event will be advertised on the WorkSource Oregon homepage, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Eventbrite. WorkSource Oregon will also use a Fast Pass notification emailed to job seekers in the Portland Metro area and Yamhill County, covering over a thousand job seekers of job classifications that represent the positions being offered at the event.

This is a great way to do a quick screening. You’re also welcome to collect resumes. In previous events like this, we’ve seen good use of handouts with instructions on contacting you for the next step if you are interested in the candidate.

Employer Requirements

The main requirement for employers is that you post your open positions with WorkSource. Call 503-257-HIRE (4473) for assistance with posting your jobs. We will also ask you for the names of job seekers you hire to help justify the expenditure of time and resources to produce this program.

This event is open to employers free of charge. Space is limited. To reserve a spot for your business at this event, contact Barbee Williams, Barbee.A.Williams@oregon.go(External link)(External link)v(External link). Registration ends September 1.

Outdoor Mask Requirements begin August 27th – Be Safe


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With COVID-19 rapidly spreading, masks help stop spread of the Delta variant
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced new statewide outdoor mask requirements to help stop the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Effective Friday, August 27, masks will be required in most public outdoor settings, including large outdoor events, where physical distancing is not possible, and regardless of vaccination status. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) also strongly recommends masking for outdoor gatherings at private residences when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.

“The Delta variant is spreading fast and wide, throwing our state into a level of crisis we have not yet seen in the pandemic. Cases and hospitalizations are at a record high,” said Governor Brown. “Masks are a quick and simple tool we can immediately deploy to protect ourselves and our families, and quickly help stop further spread of COVID-19.

“The Delta variant is much more contagious than previous variants we’ve seen, and it has dramatically increased the amount of virus in our communities. Masks have proven to be effective at bringing case counts down, and are a necessary measure right now, even in some outdoor settings, to help fight COVID and protect one another.”

Under the Governor’s direction, the OHA rule will require masks for all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — in outdoor settings in which individuals from different households are unable to consistently maintain physical distance. The rule does not apply to fleeting encounters, such as two individuals walking by one another on a trail or in a park. While the rule does not apply to outdoor gatherings at private residences, masks are strongly recommended in those settings when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.

“It is much easier for people with the Delta variant, compared to people who were sick last year, to infect others around them,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “This is because they have one thousand times more virus in their nose – which means that those around them are much more likely to get sick because this variant behaves so differently. We are starting to see instances where cases are clustering around events, like outdoor music festivals, that happen outdoors. Wearing masks in crowded settings – even outdoors – will help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The rule aligns with the exceptions outlined in the recent statewide indoor mask requirements, and does not apply to:
• Children under 5 years old;
• Individuals who are actively eating, drinking, or sleeping — as well as individuals living outdoors, such as persons experiencing houselessness;
• Persons playing or practicing competitive sports, or engaged in an activity in which it is not feasible to wear a mask — such as swimming;
• Individuals delivering a speech or performing — such as with outdoor music or theater;
• Mask requirements for day-to-day operations at K-12 schools are not governed by this rule, and will instead continue to fall under the school mask rule. Outside public events, spectator events, and gatherings of the general public on K-12 school grounds will be subject to the rule. Child care and youth programs will continue to follow existing OHA mask guidance; and
• In addition, entities subject to the ADA must continue to comply with that law.

The OHA rule will go into effect this Friday, August 27, however Oregonians are strongly encouraged to immediately start wearing masks outdoors, as outlined above.

Governor Brown continued, “The combination of vaccines and masks is the most powerful way we can fight this latest surge of COVID-19 and save lives. Vaccination continues to be the best way you can protect yourself and your family from the Delta variant, and the most effective way we can help our exhausted nurses and doctors, who are working around the clock to treat Oregonians sick with COVID in our ICUs — the majority of which are unvaccinated individuals. With the full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine this week, we have additional reassurance that the vaccines are safe and effective.”

Additional Materials:

A video message from Governor Brown is available here.

Boost Your Brand by Hosting a Good Morning Tigard

Are you looking for a way to gain some exposure for your business? As a member of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, you have the opportunity to host Good Morning Tigard. 

What is Good Morning Tigard? 

Good Morning Tigard (GMT) is our A.M. networking event to help members and visitors build long lasting business connections with other professionals in the area. GMT is hosted every Thursday at 7:30 A.M. by a member of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Members can host virtually or in-person. 

Why should your business host Good Morning Tigard? 

Here are 6 reasons why your business should host. 

  1. You get to showcase your business and hand out information to 20 to 50 attendees.
  2. You get 10 minutes to educate attendees about your business to gain informed referral partners.
  3. You can show off your location, and give tours if you would like.  
  4. You get visibility on the Tigard Chamber social media channels, email newsletter, and the Chamber website. 
  5. You get attendee business cards for use in your marketing efforts and follow up after the meeting.
  6. You gain visibility with the community and grow your network. 
What is required to host? 

Currently, the host is required to provide: 

  • 3 – Raffle prizes that value $25 or more each
  • 10 Minute presentation 
Ready to schedule a hosting? 

Contact Jessica Love at 503-639-1656 or by email at Jessica(at)

Governor Kate Brown Announces Statewide Indoor Mask Requirements

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8/11/21 – Salem, OR

Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today to provide an update on the status of COVID-19 in Oregon and to announce new statewide indoor mask requirements. To help stop the highly contagious Delta variant from spreading further, masks will be required in all indoor public settings, effective Friday, August 13. The Governor was joined by Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Epidemiologist.

“Because of the Delta variant, yesterday we had over 2,300 COVID-19 cases reported––the highest number since the virus first landed in Oregon—and hospitalizations are also at a record high,” said Governor Brown. “New modeling from OHA and Oregon Health & Science University project that, without new safety interventions, COVID-19 hospitalizations will completely overwhelm our doctors and nurses in the coming weeks. When hospitals run out of beds, we are all at risk.

“We continue to work to reach Oregonians with information and a vaccine, but it’s clear the current situation requires immediate action to stop the Delta variant from spreading further. That’s why, moving forward for the immediate future, masks will be required in all indoor public settings.

“The latest science is clear that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are able to spread the Delta variant. Masks are simple, and they are effective. Wearing a mask should give you confidence that you are not infecting others, and they are also our best bet at keeping our schools and our businesses open.”

The Governor also reminded Oregonians to treat forecast high temperatures seriously. She urged Oregonians without air conditioning to make a plan now to find a cooling center in their area by connecting with 211. She is also encouraging Oregonians to sign up to receive emergency notifications by visiting And with high temperatures intensifying wildfire conditions, she is urging everyone to do their part to prevent fires at a time when most of the state is under extreme fire danger.

Heat-Related Resources

• Cooling Centers (211)
• Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
• Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness…

Additional Materials from Today’s Press Conference

• Oregon Indoor Mask Requirement Fact Sheet
• A recording of today’s press conference — with an American Sign Language simulcast — is available on YouTube. Please note the video starts at the 11:55 mark.
• An HD recording of today’s press conference for members of the media is available on Vimeo.
• A copy of the Governor’s prepared remarks is available here.