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NEWSLETTER, JANUARY 2016

A Message from our Executive Director

Greetings. I hope the new year has treated you and your organization well. 2016 marks a bright new time for EMEA and the East Metro region. New growth, new opportunity and we are excited to be a part of it. EMEA will be very active in 2016. We will still have our great speaker series during our monthly membership meetings including Drew Mahalic of the Oregon Sports Authority, Linda Narvarro of the Oregon Banking Association and Duncan Wyse of the Oregon Business Council all in the first quarter of this year. We will also be hosting our First Annual Legislative Breakfast where attendees can give input to legislators before the legislative session. We will also host our First Candidate's Forum in April of this year where those who are running for office will have a chance to address and be heard by the business leaders of East Metro. Our external committees (Legislative, Education & Workforce and Transportation & Land use) are in full swing and we are developing partnerships with other advocacy and business groups to magnify our voice. "Be Heard, Join EMEA" is the theme for 2016 as well as the theme of our membership campaign that will begin this month. I am excited to be your Executive Director and I am excited to be a part of EMEA.

  -Jarvez D. Hall, MBA

Thank You For Your Continued Membership

Thank you to the following organizations for
renewing their mem
bership in EMEA.

Axis Design Group
Microchip Technology, Inc.
Metro
Reynolds School District
PDG Construction Services, Inc.
East Metro Association of Realtors
Port of Portland
JP Morgan/Chase
MBank
Gresham-Barlow School District
Tokola Properties, Inc.

First Annual Legislative Breakfast

Sponsored By:

East Metro Legislative Breakfast will be held on January 20th at Heidi's of Gresham (1230 NE Cleveland Ave, Gresham, OR 97030) prior to the start of the 2016 legislative session. We will have lawmakers to speak about their priorities for the session and provide an additional opportunity for them to hear from leaders in business and education. We have invited Chambers, business groups and nonprofits from all of the east metro region to attend and be heard.  Currently we have scheduled to attend:
Representative Mark Johnson
Representative Chris Gorsek
Representative Lew Frederick
Senator Michael Dembrow
Senator Diane Rosenbaum
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson

Registration is open so register today.

January 14
Membership Meeting

Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority will be our featured speaker for our first meeting in 2016. He will be speaking on Sports and Economics and how we can use sports to help in our economic development efforts. Drew Mahalic is in his 20th year as CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. The organization has helped to bring more than 200 events to Oregon with an economic impact exceeding $250 million.

February 11
Membership Meeting

Sponsored by

Linda Navarro, The President and CEO of the Oregon Bankers Association will be our featured speaker for our February meeting which is sponsored by MBank. She will be speaking on the Role of Oregon Banks in Economic Development among some other select topics. Linda has worked for the OBA for 17 years and has served as president and CEO of the organization since 2006. In conjunction with her role as CEO of OBA, Navarro also serves as president and CEO of the Independent Community Banks of Oregon and as CEO of Synergy by Association, Inc., OBA's wholly-owned subsidiary company.

Call or Fax Us
Office: (503) 292-8881
Fax: (503)-292-8237

Address:
PO Box 422
Gresham, OR 97030

East Metro Economic Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 422, Gresham, OR 97030

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