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Tigard Chamber Announces New Chief Executive Officer, Barbara J. Burkart, MBA

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PRESS RELEASE

March 8th, 2022 – For Immediate Release

Debi Mollahan Michelle Cheney
CEO Board Chair
503-639-1656  
debi@tigardchamber.org michellecheney@comcast.net

Barbara J Burkart

(Tigard, Oregon) – After an exhaustive search, the Tigard Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce they have selected Barbara Burkart, MBA, as their next CEO.  Barbara will replace current CEO, Debi Mollahan, beginning on March 21st, 2022.  A one month transition between the outgoing and incoming CEO’s is planned.

Michelle Cheney, Tigard Chamber Board Chair, stated “The hiring committee is very excited about the skills Barbara brings to the table and we look forward to how she will lead the Tigard Chamber to its next level of benefit and impact for the Tigard business community and members.  Her 25 years of business experience and over 10 years of leadership experience position her well to not only lead the organization, but also understand the needs and challenges of our businesses.  She has a proven track record of building vision, identifying strategic initiatives and leading teams to increase profitability. We are looking forward to continued transformation and growth of the Tigard Chamber under her leadership.”

Barbara is an accomplished business executive.  Her previous employment in management and senior leadership positions include companies such as Johnson & Johnson, VWR, Henry Schein, OHSU and most recently her own consulting firm, DrOOrG LLC.  Barbara holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University-Fresno, an MBA in International Business & Finance from Marylhurst University and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Barbara as incoming CEO stated “ l am incredibly honored to represent and go to work for the Tigard business community.  Thriving businesses are not only the backbone of our community but are the rising tide that lifts all boats.”

You can learn more about the Tigard Chambers’ new leader on her LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbarajburkart/

About the Tigard Chamber of Commerce

Mission – Building & Connecting Businesses, Growing Leaders and Shaping Our Community

Vision – Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity

Endorsement Requests for May 2022 Washington County Commissioner at Large/Chair Race Now Being Accepted Through 2/7/22

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PRESS RELEASE

January 31, 2022

For Immediate Release: Tigard, Oregon

Requests for Endorsement Consideration for May 2022 Primary for Washington County Commissioner at Large/Chair Now Being Accepted Through 2/7/22

The Tigard Chamber’s Candidate Endorsement Committee will conduct a non-partisan, fair and equitable process focused on reviewing the qualifications and platforms of candidates requesting endorsement for subject race in order to endorse those most likely to support business and Tigard Chamber goals, thus increasing the likelihood of pro-business candidates being elected to local offices.

The Candidate Endorsement Committee promotes a vibrant business environment by endorsing candidates who support sound public policy that strengthens the business community and the free enterprise system.

Declared candidates and those undeclared but considering running for Washington County Commissioner at Large/Chair are encouraged to ask for endorsement consideration. All those asking for consideration will be sent a confidential questionnaire.

Completion of the questionnaire is a necessary step in seeking endorsement. Those not completing a questionnaire will not be considered.

The deadline to request endorsement consideration is Monday 2/7/22 midnight. Please email your request for endorsement consideration to CEC@tigardchamber.org

About the Tigard Chamber

Mission – Building & Connecting Businesses, Growing Leaders and Shaping Our Community

Vision – Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity

Contact Debi Mollahan, CEO, Tigard Chamber for more information on this press release. Debi@tigardchamber.org or 503-639-1656

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.

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 ORAlert.gov. 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.

Tigard Families Get Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

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12345 SW Main Street    ◊   Tigard, OR 97223    ◊    www.tigardchamber.org    ◊    503.639.1656                          

Contact: Debi Mollahan                                                                                                                                                     

CEO, Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC)

503-639-1683, debi@tigardchamber.org

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Tigard, OR (5/16/21)– Tigard families in need just got a large delivery of supplies to help meet their needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to Leadership Tigard, a program of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.

Class participants in the 2021 graduating class of Leadership Tigard collected items for the Good Neighbor Center, which provides emergency housing and supportive, empowering services to parents and their children.

Class members recently donated:

-890 individual diapers                               -108 washcloths                   -45 bath towels                    -30 hand towels

-11 sheet sets, 1 fitted sheet                     -5 twin comforters              -5 pillows                               -1 complete twin bed set  

-feminine hygiene products                      -toothbrushes/paste           -shampoo/soap                    -hand lotion         

-coffee/tea                                                    -Kool-Aid                               -soup/chili                             -mouthwash

-protein drinks                                             -granola bars                        -Rice-A-Roni                          -toilet paper

-children’s toothbrushes                            -sunflower seeds                 -razors                                    -dental proxa brushes

“This is really incredible. To get a mass donation like this, this is months’ worth of supplies,” said Andrew Mahalik, the Outreach Coordinator at Good Neighbor Center.  “With COVID we haven’t been able to accept used cloth materials, so we’ve been going through these rapidly as families move in and out. To be able to provide a touch of home, that really enhances the program we’re able to provide here. It’s been challenging to make it through this last year, but because of generous donations like this, we’ve been able to make it happen.”

While this donation represents a significant boost to the Good Neighbor Center, the need doesn’t stop here. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to contribute to health struggles, job loss and financial hardship for so many, service providers like the Good Neighbor Center still need your help. Please consider sharing this need with your own networks to continue donating goods and supplies. You can find a current ‘wish list’ at https://goodneighborcenter.org/current-needs-list/.

The 2020-2021 Leadership Tigard class also volunteered for Packed with Pride, to assemble 800 food boxes for families in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. To learn more about Packed with Pride and to schedule your own volunteer time, visit https://packed-with-pride-tigard-tualatin.square.site/. To learn more about Leadership Tigard, visit https://leadership.tigardchamber.org/.

About Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC)

Our Mission: Building & Connecting Businesses, Growing Leaders and Shaping Our Community

Our Vision: Business + Community = Prosperity, Vibrancy & Diversity