Business Advocacy and Political Action help maintain a strong local economy where business can flourish

Recent public policy actions:

Seeking Business Friendly Candidates

Our Candidate Endorsement Committee met with the candidates and recommended a statement on the County Commissioner candidates was approved by the Board of Directors – click to view the full statement.  Your Chamber also scheduled interviews with candidates for several State Representative seats and the Board approved the comments on those races – click to view the full statement.We hope you were able to join us for Eggs & Issues and Business in the County and that you find our official statements on the candidates useful as you make your choices during this important election season.

Chamber Members meet candidates that affect business

On August 8, 2012 Your Chamber hosted an Eggs N’ Issues providing an opportunity to meet the candidates running for Clackamas County Commission Chair and Position 4.  The community heard their vision for the county and had an opportunity to ask questions.

Chamber backs baseball as economic driver

The May 15 Milwaukie City Council meeting was another touch-point in the consideration of whether or not to build a baseball stadium in the area, and at the end of the evening all Council members were agreed phase three is needed.

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Chamber protects jobs in joint effort with city

Considerations of cuts in TriMet routes in the Happy Valley area led the chamber to join forces with the City of Happy Valley, New Seasons Market and the Happy Valley Business Alliance to retain Route 155.

TriMet, in their reduction plans, had proposed eliminating 155 from their service area.  Over the past few years others routes in the area have been reduced or eliminated, causing hardships for the businesses and citizens alike.

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Chamber represented at Metro advisory group

Wilda Parks, Your Chamber’s Vice President of External Affairs, was thanked for prior service and reappointed to a new term as the Clackamas County Citizen Representative to Metro’s Policy Advisory Council (MPAC).

MPAC advises the Metro Council on the amendment or adoption of the Regional Framework Plan including regional transportation, management of the urban growth boundary, protection of lands outside the urban growth boundary for natural resource, future urban or other uses, planning responsibilities required by state law, other growth management and land use planning matters determined by the Metro Council to be of metropolitan concern which will benefit from regional planning.

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Chamber’s work with candidates provides voice for business

One of the most important factors for success of any community, county, region, state of nation is who serves as elected leaders. Your Chamber believes our mission includes helping to select, train and elect people who can lead our communities.

Your Chamber has an adopted policy of endorsing candidates. You can download the policy process at any time. The Chamber has recently heard from key May primary election candidates, and we have posted their questionnaires here.

Members assist in public policy efforts

The Public Policy programs of the Chamber are financially supported by Vision Sponsors. Thank you to the 2012-2013 sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors: General Distributors, MP Plumbing, Oregon Iron Works, Oregonian’s Credit Union, and Providence Health Systems.

Sustaining Sponsors: Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Columbia State Bank, Cranston Machinery and Oak Lodge Water District.