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Ethan Frelly, Lead Buyers Agent, Beltran Properties Named 2019 Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Ethan Frelly, Lead Buyers Agent for Beltran Properties, has been named the 2019 Tigard Shining Stars Chamber Volunteer of the Year.  This award honors a Chamber member who has volunteered many hours of time, talent and energy to the success and growth of the Tigard Chamber.  Bert Tousey and his example of Chamber volunteerism is commitment at its best.  This person is an example of an active member who has sustained their efforts on behalf of the Chamber over a long period of time.  By their efforts, they have made this organization more effective in serving the Tigard community.

Ethan Frelly has been a Tigard Chamber member for almost 7 years and rapidly engaged with the Tigard Chamber, starting first with our Tigard Farmers Market. With a vision for connecting with younger business people, he advocated for and launched a Tigard Young Professionals program which ran for several years. In conjunction with this, Ethan stepped into an Ambassador role as part of the Ambassador team, serving on this critical committee for almost 7 years, eventually becoming Co-Chair and then Chair of the Ambassador Committee. In his chair positions with Ambassadors, Ethan also became a Tigard Chamber Board member and subsequent to stepping down as Ambassador Chair, has remained on the Board and is currently Chair elect.

Beyond these roles, Ethan has made himself available in other volunteer capacities such as our Building Task Force, Candidate Endorsement Committee and GAPP Committee. In addition to these current taskforce and committee roles plus his board role, Ethan has agreed to represent the Tigard Chamber and its business community over the next two years as a member of the SW Corridor Advisory Committee providing business feedback on a proposed light rail line connecting Southwest Portland to Tigard and through Tigard to Tualatin.

Another example of his commitment to the Tigard Chamber and the broader community, Ethan self-selected, paid for and participated in the inaugural year of our Leadership Tigard program, a community leadership program designed to help inspire and enable community members to gain a broad understanding of Tigard and create more informed invested leaders who can step in and advocate for our community on a variety of levels.

As you can see, Ethan’s volunteerism has been broad and deep within the Tigard Chamber. Additionally, he has been the Emcee for the Downtown Tigard Tree Lighting and has joined the Tigard Downtown Alliance board extending his volunteerism to chamber member organizations/businesses. He is available, willing to help and has great insights and is a tremendous supporter of the Tigard Chamber and its business community.   He says his Jesuit college education at Loyola University Chicago really had the biggest effect on his love to give back. 

Other awards

2015 Tigard Chamber Shooting Star Award

Please join us in congratulating Ethan on this well-deserved award.  This award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2019 Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration held on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites – Washington Square, event location host. With a theme of “Travel”, this elegant themed dinner event includes dinner, silent auction, dessert dash, awards, and more. Tickets are $60/person.  So dress your best and come join us to celebrate Tigard! For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at jessica@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org

Revenue is a Focus in State Capitol for the 2019 Session

Our OSCC lobbyists are at work analyzing the 1,500 bills that have been introduced to date in the state legislature.

Here’s a list of major revenue-related proposals that are drawing attention in Salem.

Gross receipts tax (GRT): Despite voters’ overwhelming rejection of Measure 97 in 2016, this concept remains a favorite of some influential legislators. Portland voters approved a citywide gross receipts tax on large businesses in November. The existence of a GRT in Portland will give proponents a toehold to push for a similar approach statewide. However, a GRT remains a particularly difficult tax for low-margin businesses, regardless of size.

Business activities tax: The Oregon Business Plan has floated a business activities tax (BAT) as an alternative to a GRT. The BAT, used in Washington, does not create the same concerns about pyramiding (being applied multiple times in the supply chain) as the GRT. However, it still would raise business costs and, depending on details of a specific proposal, could affect some businesses more than others.

Corporate tax rates: If neither of those ideas gathers support of 60 percent of both chambers, the Legislature could default to keeping the current tax structure and increasing the corporate tax rate. Meanwhile, the Governor’s budget proposes an increase in the corporate minimum tax.

Small-business taxes: Small businesses have been in the crosshairs of revenue hunters in the Legislature for the past two sessions. In 2017, the House voted to roll back portions of the small-business tax deal that were part of the 2013 “grand bargain,” but the bill failed in the Senate. In the 2018 short session, the Legislature disconnected from a portion of the new federal tax law that benefited small business. Senators Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) and Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) have sued, contending that legislation violates the state Constitution. Meanwhile, Governor Brown, who is named in the lawsuit, has proposed more rollbacks of small-business tax benefits – trimming a tax break that passed in the 2018 session with her support.

Other business taxes and fees: The long list of legislative concept drafts presented in the House Revenue Committee last week during Legislative Days includes an assortment of technical tax adjustments that would increase taxes paid by businesses. Also, some tax credits could be eliminated through the tax credit review process.

Kicker reform: The idea of ending or diverting the “kicker,” which returns money to individual taxpayers when revenues exceed state economists’ projections by more than 2 percent, has been kicked around for years. In 2012, Oregonians voted to designate the corporate kicker for education funding. Now, similar proposals to use the personal kicker for targeted uses such as PERS or education, have support. Kicker reform is one revenue option included in the latest version of the Oregon Business Plan, which was unveiled earlier this month.

Property taxes: The discussion about reforming Oregon’s property tax system has amplified in recent months. The goal would be to eliminate inequities that lead to landowners with similar properties paying differing rates. Even by revenue reform standards, this would be a complicated process, and, therefore, is less likely than some of the other revenue proposals. However, targeted bills aimed at businesses’ property taxes could gain traction. For example, one bill would limit the property tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals to the amount spent on charitable care, reduced by the sum of all amounts of compensation reported in excess of $1 million for any individual directors or employees.

Alcohol and tobacco taxes: Increasing tobacco taxes is a common revenue proposal, one that is included in the Governor’s budget. Although the Governor has backed off of talk of a higher beer and wine taxes, her budget does propose increasing alcohol costs another way – by increasing the markup on liquor at state stores by 5 percent.

Medicaid taxes: The Governor’s budget proposes a mix of taxes and fees to make up for a projected shortfall in Medicaid funding. The money would come from: increased hospital taxes, expanded taxation of health insurance plans, higher cigarette taxes and an assessment on businesses with a large share of employees who qualify for Medicaid.

Transportation taxes: The 2017 Legislature passed a transportation package, and taxes to pay for improvements are beginning to kick in. These include increases in gas taxes, higher registration and title fees, a 0.1 percent payroll tax, a bicycle excise tax, and in 2020 a new way of treating vehicle fees based on miles per gallon.

Carbon taxes: Representatives of the Governor’s office presented a carbon-price proposal to the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction during Legislative Days last week. The model being discussed is a cap-and-trade system. Dozens of decisions remain that will determine the cost of this program to businesses, but under any scenario there will be significant costs. The question, is which businesses and consumers will pay, and how much. If a cap-and-trade bill passes, higher fuel and energy costs are all but certain.

As you can see, raising revenue will be one of the dominant themes of the 2019 Session.

We will keep members apprised as the discussions roll out.

2019 Business Advocacy Agenda

The Tigard Chamber Board of Directors has approved the Tigard Chamber 2019 Business Advocacy Agenda. 

Focus areas for the 2019 Business Advocacy Agenda include:

  • Transportation
  • Workforce Housing
  • Behavioral Health Programs and Homelessness Prevention
  • Environment/Sustainability including Energy
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Employer Issues
  • Tax Issues/Reforms

You can access the 2019 Business Advocacy Agenda here

Now Accepting 2019 Tigard Chamber Scholarship Applications

Tigard, OR – The Tigard Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the application process for the 2019 high school senior scholarships is now open! The Chamber will provide three scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to graduating seniors that will be continuing their education at either a trade school, professional training, two year college or 4 year college. These scholarships are made possible through the generous donations of Pride Disposal, over 80 Tigard Chamber Members and other sponsors.

To be eligible to apply, students must live in or attend school in the 97223 or 97224 zip codes. They must also be planning to pursue a career in the fields of business, the trades, or non-profit work. The committee will be looking for students that have demonstrated participation in extra curricular activities and/or after school employment and has a GPA of 2.5 or above.

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship must fill out the scholarship application and provide an unofficial transcript that goes through Junior Year. They will also need to submit a one page essay that is 250 words or less on a goal they are passionate about.

In addition, two letters of recommendation from teachers, club advisors, or employers will need to be provided. For a complete copy of the scholarship application, check with your high school career center/ guidance counselor or visit the Tigard Chamber of Commerce website at www.TigardChamber.org. For questions, please contact the chamber office at (503)-639-1656.

Completed applications are due in the Tigard Chamber office (12345 SW Main Street Tigard, OR 97223) by 4:00 pm on March 1, 2019 or postmarked or emailed by that date.

The scholarship award winners will receive a phone call informing them of their award. They will also formally receive their scholarship award at the 45th Annual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala. This event will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 5 to 9 PM at Embassy Suites Hotel – Washington Square, our event location host. With a theme of travel, this elegant themed event includes a silent auction, dinner, dessert dash, awards and more.

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.


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