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

Call for Survival – Live Events Business Grant Program Ask

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May 19, 2021

Joint Committee on Ways & Means

 Oregon State Capitol

900 Court Street NE Salem, OR 97301

Senator Johnson, Senator Steiner Hayward, Representative Rayfield and Committee  members,

On behalf of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce and our members through the south metro region, thank you for the opportunity to submit a letter of support for the Shuttered Events Business grant proposal.

Following the leadership of the Live Events Industry of Oregon (LEIO), we are fully supportive of their proposal to appropriate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to create a grant program to aid struggling event businesses. While we are appreciative of the federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, a large segment of the industry was unable to take advantage of the program due to the requirement for a physical venue space.   We only found 1 member in our almost 300 member businesses that met the qualifications of that targeted program even though we have many members with venues or that are businesses that generate a significant portion of their business from live events.

We learned first-hand the far reaching impact of the pandemic on the Live Events Industry when LEIO participated as a sector panelist during our State of Business Forum in March 2021.  The economic devastation to this sector is unparalleled. They have been and continue to be the slowest sector to recover due to our restrictive limitations on gatherings and events.  The metro area has been particularly hard hit given our population density and risk classifications. As just one example, we have caterers that have seen a 90% reduction in business during the pandemic! 

The south metro region of which Tigard is a part, hosts numerous events and attractions for both community and visitors alike.  Examples include the Tigard Festival of Balloons, the Downtown Tigard Street Fair, local city Community Awards Galas or Galas/Events held by our non-profits or attractions like iFly.  Not only are the events this industry produces a vital part of what makes our community unique, but they provide significant downstream economic benefits from sub-contractors and vendors as well as the associated spending.

Thus we support the proposal offered by Representatives Nosse and Lively to create a one- time grant program that can benefit the entire event industry.

The proposal laid out by LEIO is well thought out and prepared to maximize the investment for all sectors of the event industry. In a snapshot it includes:

  • Well-defined eligible businesses, including General Events Industry Business Sectors such as Event Planning and Production, Audio-Visual, Lighting, and Staging Providers, Special Event Operators, and Amateur Sporting Event Operators among others. The list of eligible business would also include vertical market events such as concerts, sporting events, theatre, art and music events etc.
  • Focus on small business with a cap of 150 employees or less
  • Rolling application periods to support the hardest hit businesses, including priority access for entities with a 75% or larger drop in revenue from prior year; followed by 50% drop in revenue and so on.
  • Specific allowable uses for grant funding, such as payroll costs, rent or other commercial building expenses, utilities, ordinary operating costs, existing business asset loan payments, and PPE.

The proposal is for an allocation of one-time ARPA funds of $108M in order to provide the broad reaching support to these struggling small business and sole proprietors across our state. While this is a significant amount of funding, the one-time nature of a grant program is exactly what these federal funds are intended to accomplish.

We appreciate your consideration of this important request for our community, and understand that this request is just one among many you will receive.  Thank you for the opportunity to highlight this key need in our community and for this sector.

Best Regards,

Debi Mollahan CEO

Tigard Chamber of Commerce

Vote YES for a Thriving Downtown Tigard Community

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The Tigard Chamber endorses Measure 34-305 and supports a YES vote.

Measure #34-305 City Center Urban Renewal Plan Amendment

The Question:
Shall the City amend the City Center Urban Renewal Plan, including increasing the amount of maximum indebtedness?

  • If the measure passes, it would increase the total amount of money that could be collected (maximum indebtedness) by $20.8 million and the length of time (duration) of the Urban Renewal Plan by nine years. 
  • If the measure does not pass, the total amount of money that can be collected would not be increased, and the duration of the Urban Renewal Plan would not be extended. 

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce endorses/supports Measure 34-305 as we see the benefit to both our business community as well as the community at large.  More investment into our city center in the form of trails, affordable housing, parking, public space, mixed use and streets all combine to increase our downtown vibrancy, attract business investment and make it a place where community gathers and businesses thrive.  Business and community are interdependent and this measure benefits both sides of the equation. 

We recommend a yes vote on this measure as it does not increase taxes, merely extends for period of time for the Urban Renewal Area and funds much needed infrastructure and will benefit both business and community alike!

You can learn more about this measure in this informative recorded presentation/panel we did with the City of Tigard that explains what urban renewal is, how it is funded, and what types of projects this amendment to the plan would fund. 

Thank you for reading and please vote!

2021 Tigard Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Recipients

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The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from Pride Disposal and roughly 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/ or work activities, scholastic achievement, and letters of recommendation.

Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:

  • Alexander Hernandez-Botello, Tigard High School
  • Devon Padilla, Tualatin High School
  • Isabelle Ford, Tigard High School
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Alexander Hernandez-Botello

Alexander Hernandez-Botello is a heavily involved student at Tigard High School. Through his high school career, he has been a member of the varsity track and cross-country team, Sparrow Club, National Honor Society, STUDD and is an officer for the Tigard Service Club. He has done over 350 hours of volunteer work at different organizations. While maintaining schoolwork and a 3.88 GPA, he has worked at Sky High Sports and now works for Cold Stone.

One of Alexander’s teachers said “Alex…has shown his dedication to academic excellence, his great heart, his maturity. He is the kind of person who will be a leader in his field.”

Alexander plans to go to Portland State University and study political science and economics and then continue onto law school.

Devon Padilla
Devon Padilla

Devon Padilla is a Senior at Tualatin High School. He has played soccer competitively and recreationally. He currently works at Panda Express as a Cook. His employer says “He is a hard worker, reliable, interpersonal savvy, and he has the commitment and dedication to school and work.” Devon has also worked and volunteered at the Tigard Festival of Balloons.

Devon is passionate about business, finance, and money. His ultimate goal is to be a legendary entrepreneur. He has started working on that goal by reading business-related topics, talking with business owners and starting two businesses. One business is an eCommerce store on eBay and the other is auto detailing.

Devon plans to complete college to continue to grow personally and as an entrepreneurial businessman.

Isabelle Ford
Isabelle Ford

Isabelle Ford is part of the track and cross-country teams at Tigard High School. She is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America. While maintaining school and extracurricular activities, she also works at Fred Meyer and.

Going into high school, she wanted to become a forensic scientist. During her Junior year, she took an accounting class and that opened a whole new area of interest. She now hopes to attend University of Washington and work towards pursuing the career path in accounting. Her goal is to find a career in forensic accounting.

One of Isabelle’s teachers said “Izzy is an outstanding person and an all-around good person who will excel as she pursues her undergraduate in Accounting next year.”

Our congratulation again to all three recipients. The scholarships will formally be given out at the virtual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m… Visit www.TigardChamber.org for more information.  

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org

Jason Rogers Named 2021 Tigard’s First Citizen

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Jason Rogers has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Tigard’s First Citizen award.   This award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years. The winner is active, involved, interested and enthusiastic about making Tigard a nice place to live and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education, social services, youth work, and community improvement of public services. This award is given in the spirit of all volunteers who remain unknown. The recipient joins the ranks of those previously honored in continually striving to improve the Tigard Area. 

Jason Rogers has been making an impact in the Tigard community for more than 19 years! His volunteer resume begins back in 2002 when he was the EMS representative for the Behavioral Health subcommittee for the Vision Action Network – Washington County.

He later served as the President of the Summerlake Homeowners Association where he worked to improve the by connecting neighbors through annual picnics and events, neighborhood hanging flower baskets and wreaths and by revamping the neighborhood newsletter.

Jason began volunteering for the City of Tigard 1999 by adopting a local trail near his home in Tigard.  Soon after, Jason went on to join the Parks and Recreation Board and was appointed Chair. The Park and Recreation Board advises Public Works and City Council about park and recreation policies, the parks budget, facilities and other needs related to parks and recreation in Tigard. Some of the things Jason assisted with during his time on the board was revisioning of Tigard’s Parks System Master Plan and led two bond measures resulting in Tigard voters approving a $17 million parks bond. He also assisted with the acquisition of the Summer Creek Park, Potso Dog Park, and the Sunrise property.

In January of 2011, he was appointed Tigard Planning Commissioner by City Council and the Mayor and was President of the commission. As a Planning Commissioner, Jason advised the City Council on general land use and transportation planning issues, reviewed development projects and development code provisions delegated to the commission and acted as a hearings body for certain land use applications and land use appeals. He also assisted City Council to develop, maintain, update, and implement the city Comprehensive Plan and Tigard’s Capital Improvements Program, and Urban Forestry Plan.

Jason then transitioned his volunteer efforts to a county level. He was an EMS representative on the Suicide Prevention Council and later joined the Park and Recreation Board for Washington County.

Jason has also been an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America since 2007. He is currently Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 874. From May of 2018 to July of 2020, he served as the District Chairman for the Tuality District of the Boy Scouts of America. In this role, he led the districts executive board, secured support from top community leaders, appointed a district nominating committee, planned and presided at district committee meetings, recruited the operating committee chairs, communicated between the council and district and coordinate the work of the district to ensure the success of the units in the district to improve in Journey to Excellence.

And if that is not enough, Jason is also a current member of The American Legion.

As you can see, Jason has a high level of commitment to the betterment of Tigard for the community. His engagements with Tigard range from his local neighborhood to Washington County. You can also see his commitment to youth with his roles with the Boy Scouts on a local and district level.  

Please join us in congratulating Jason on his award and thanking him for his service to our Tigard community.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org, or go to our website at www.Tigardchamber.org.