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Tigard Chamber Redistricting Comments about Congressional District 1

September 13th, 2021
House & Senate Redistricting Committee
Oregon.Redistricting@Oregonlegislature.gov

Re: Tigard Chamber Redistricting Comments about Congressional District 1

Dear Honorable Members of the House & Senate Redistricting Committee,

The Tigard Chamber of Commerce and its business members appreciate the efforts of the House & Senate Redistricting Committee. As a business community, we have advocated for and built a collaborative business culture that positively impacts the economic vitality of both for profit and non-profit Tigard businesses large and small as well as the community of Tigard in which those businesses reside. This ripples through our advocacy focus and is seen in areas of community and social need and support for things such as affordable and workforce housing, mental health programs, transportation initiatives, education, workforce development and more.

Further you can see our belief in community as a whole, as we run the Tigard Farmers Market and provide support for other community events such as the Downtown Tigard Street Fair and Trick or Treat Main Street. Our partnerships include the City of Tigard, homeless outreach organizations, mental health agencies, local non-profits, the Tigard Tualatin School District, the Tigard Police Department and more. We are a collective.

We are deeply concerned about current proposals before the Committee that, if approved, will fracture not only our business community’s shared economic, social welfare and common business interest but our community at large. Business and residential community are interdependent with one another for jobs, customers, suppliers and more.

For more than a decade, we have worked diligently with the City of Tigard, our business
community, our school district and other leaders to advocate for and support goals around transportation, housing, mental health resources, education, workforce and economic development. These all lay the groundwork for a desirable and prosperous future in the community that our businesses call home. Dividing our community into 3, 4 or 5 different districts will fracture what we have all worked so hard to achieve.

There are several major projects underway (Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal, the Southwest
Corridor Transit, transfer of orphan roads, infrastructure creation in River Terrace and more) that will need an advocate in Salem and Washington, DC who prioritizes our community’s unique interests on these complex issues. 

Transportation infrastructure and purposeful planned growth are vital to the growth and vitality of business, commerce and our community.

We do not want the collective voice of both business and residents diluted or erased by illogical, arbitrary legislative boundaries. With a population of over 55,000, we are close to being the size of a single district; however, a Tigard-centered district could be made larger with the addition of smaller neighboring communities with similar interests, including Metzger, Bull Mountain, King City, Durham, or Multnomah County neighborhoods that border Tigard.

Dividing Tigard into three, four or five districts is unacceptable. Doing so would unfairly dilute the representation and collective voice of the Tigard business community and the community at large.

The treatment of Tigard in the House’s current map (Map C) is particularly concerning. It ignores Tigard as a community of interest by dividing us into five different house districts and disregarding our common interests, political and geographic boundaries, including Tigard’s municipal boundaries, the Tigard-Tualatin School District boundaries, and the Tualatin River.

Further it creates districts that contain more than one county. Redistricting any portion of
Tigard to representation outside Washington County will create difficulties. It puts Tigard in direct conflict with the needs and interests of another County’s priorities for transportation funding, Metro affordable housing dollars, Homeless Services funding and MSTIP funding. All these priorities and projects are all vital to the economic vitality of our business community, the jobs they create for our community and the cohesion of our community at large. It would effectively reduce our ability to compete for valuable assistance to meet the needs and desires of both Tigard businesses and community members.

Thank you for your consideration of these important issues that will deeply affect our city. We appreciate the Committee’s work to ensure all of Tigard remains in one district.

Best regards,
Debi Mollahan, CEO, Tigard Chamber of Commerce

City of Tigard Drive-Thru Hiring Event

Drivethru Hiring

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.

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)TigardChamber.org

Legislative Update: April 7, 2021

The legislative session is in full swing. April 13th is the deadline for bills to advance out of policy committees in their chamber of origin. Committee schedules are packed full with work sessions as bills are either moving forward, dying or being amended. 

Lawmakers are expected to begin deliberations over traditional state budget bills as well as how to allocate $780 million worth of federal aid associated with the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) over the coming week. 

Over the last 10 days, legislators have been collecting and submitting capital funding requests that would be eligible for $780 million in one-time federal funding. Budget writers will begin their review of the project proposals this week. These projects would be in addition to the normal funding projects eligible for capital funding from the state. 

It is believed many of the tax bills have lost steam right now due to the large infusion of cash the state will receive from the Federal government as part of the $2.6 billion ARPA allocation to Oregon. The bills to disconnect businesses from Federal CARES Act tax benefits (SB 137, HB 2839) as well as bills to tax PPP loans (HB2253) have lost steam. 

Here are a few bills that we recommend you watch: 

100% Clean Electricity Mandate (HB 2021) – 

There continues to be a significant amount of discussions around the development of this policy. Since the last update that we have received, no updated language has been released publicly. The bill is scheduled for public hearings nd possible work sessions where we will most likely get a look at the language that has been developed.  

Indirect Source Regulatory Program (HB 2814) –

Representative Maxine Dexter shared with stakeholders last week that her bill to establish one of the most expansive indirect source regulatory programs in the country will be amended into a study bill. The DEQ-led study will specifically focus on diesel emissions, with the goal of preparing legislation for the 2023 legislative sessions. 

Presumption of Retaliation (SB 483) –

This policy as amended creates a rebuttable presumption that an employer has engaged in retaliation or discrimination if – within 60 days of an employee or prospective employee reporting a labor or workplace safety violation – the employer takes an adverse employment action against that person. The presumption of retaliation is rebuttable upon by demonstration of a preponderance of the evidence. The bill is set for a Senate floor vote as soon as this week. 

Expansion of Oregon Family Leave Act (HB 2474) –

This bill would expand Oregon’s family leave law down to the smallest of employees (1 employee) and add new provisions. This bill is a work in progress. 

Repeal Oregon taxes on federal stimulus payments (SB 842) –

This bill would ensure all Oregon residents get the full amount of their Federal Economic Impact Payments without state taxation. 

Tax Credit for Forgiven Rents (SB 330) –

This bill would give commercial landlords a tax credit, to be taken over 5 years, for forgiven rents. 

Unemployment Insurance Rate Reduction (HB 3389) –

This bill would enact a number of policies that would help struggling small businesses to lower their unemployment insurance liability. Among other things, the bill would revert an employer’s experience rating back to 2019 levels and update Unemployment Trust Fund solvency requirements to lower tax rates into the future. 

Nominations for Inner City Capitol Connections are open now!

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a tuition-free executive leadership training program designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth in revenue, profitability, and employment. ICCC is uniquely designed to provide three critical elements for sustainable growth:
·        Capacity-building education
·        One-on-one coaching
·        Connections to capital and capital providers
Last year the Tigard Chamber nominated 50 businesses and saw 22 of them enter this program.
For more information and program criteria, please check their website here: https://icic.org/urban-business-initiatives/inner-city-capital-connections/If you’d like to be considered for this program, please connect with us about a nomination at: katherine@tigardchamber.org