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  • September 23, 2016 12:47 PM | Jarvez Hall (Administrator)

    The East Metro Economic Alliance Board of Directors has voted to support the $291.17 million school bond proposed by Gresham/Barlow School District on the November, 2016 ballot. We feel this is an important strategic investment and has the full support of our organization from both those in education and in industry.

    The cost to taxpayers of this bond is estimated at $1.89 per thousand of assessed property value. According to Multnomah County, the average assessed value of a home in the school district is approximately $200,000. An individual with a home with an assessed value of $200,000 would pay an additional $31.50 a month.

    The East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) is a non-profit organization comprised of businesses, chambers of commerce, nonprofits and public agencies working together to shape the future of East Metro through economic advocacy. EMEA brings together leaders from East Portland, Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, and Wood Village to build consensus and promote action on issues vital to the economic development and livability of the region. One of the areas we identify as essential to economic vitality in our region is Education & Workforce Development. In fact, we advocate for “programs which develop a more efficient, integrated method of preparing skilled workers to the employers who need them.” After review, we have concluded this bond to be a prudent investment in our region.

    We considered:

    • Gresham-Barlow School District will receive $8 million matching grant from state for school construction to help stretch local dollars and address urgent school building needs
    • Since 2009, all three high schools in the Gresham-Barlow school district have increased their graduation rates by double-digits with two of the three increasing their graduation rate double the increase of the overall state graduation rate during the same time period.
    • Renovating & Replacing Aging Schools to include limiting access points to school buildings and adding more modern equipment for emergency communications.
    • Renovate building systems at 17 schools including heating and cooling system upgrades, repairing/replacing roofs and providing energy efficiency upgrades thus making each building less costly to operate.
    • Major Renovations of Sam Barlow and Gresham High Schools, 16 New Classrooms at Hall, Hollydale Elementary and Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 and the replacement of North Gresham and East Gresham Elementary Schools.
    • Increased opportunities for local contractors, suppliers and other businesses to bid and win contracts in support of these projects thus keeping money within the East Metro region and also adding local jobs.
    • Estimated Bond Cost: $1.89 per every $1,000 of assessed value. Based on average assessed home value of $200K, homeowners would pay an estimated $31.50 a month. Total estimated value: $291.17 million.

    This bond will result in even greater educational performance of our students and make our region more attractive for investments. It will also lower the cost per student of operating 17 schools in the Gresham/Barlow School District. With Gresham/Barlow School District’s record of improving graduation rates at a hiring rate of improvement than the state average, the East Metro Economic Alliance views this bond as a sound investment and it receives our full endorsement.

    Visit http://www.gresham.k12.or.us/ for more information on the Gresham/Barlow School Bond.


  • July 28, 2016 3:57 PM | Jarvez Hall (Administrator)

     

    We need your help! Your voice matters now more than ever.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to finalize a plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site before the end of the year, and in just 40 days, your chance to speak up for the economy and the environment will close. 

    The Portland Harbor is home to the living-wage jobs of 30,000 people, as well as small local businesses. An overly expensive cleanup could hurt small businesses and jobs, and also cost taxpayers and ratepayers who will help foot the bill. We all want a cleaner Willamette River. The cleanup plan should protect public health and wildlife while protecting local jobs, small businesses and our economy. 

    Please submit your comment and let the EPA know we need a cleanup plan that protects the environment AND local jobs. 

     

    Submit your comment

     

    Thank you for standing up to protect our economy.

    Healthy River Healthy Economy  |  www.rivercleanupnow.com



  • May 05, 2016 6:17 PM | Jarvez Hall (Administrator)

    The East Metro Economic Alliance has officially joined the Coalition to Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales. A coalition committed to defeat IP 28, an initiative proposed on the November 2016 statewide ballot. We implore or members, stakeholders and communities to join us and vote no on IP 28 come November. 

    IP 28 would impose more than $5 Billion in new taxes on Oregon sales of large employers and many companies doing business in our state --- the largest increase in state history.

    Because the new tax would be on sales --- not profits --- companies would be required to pay the tax if they are making small profits, or even if they are losing money.

    Oregon consumers, as well as small businesses, should be very concerned about this costly and damaging proposal. IP 28 would create huge new taxes on many products sold in Oregon, as well as on services provided by Oregon employers, even if those services are sold around the world.

    The non-partisan Legislative Revenue Office has estimated that IP 28 would increase taxes by more than $5 Billion per two-year budget cycle – by far the largest tax increase in our state’s history.

    Despite proponents’ claims, this unprecedented new tax would increase costs for working families and consumers and would hurt businesses in our state without any guarantee the money would make it into our classrooms or help our schools. That’s because all of the money from this measure goes to the General Fund with no plan and no accountability for how IP 28’s billions in new taxes would be spent.

    We feel this measure is contrary to economic development and contrary to the EMEA mission of promoting economic vitality in our region. 

    To learn more about IP 28, click on the Recent Articles link.


     


  • February 19, 2016 12:53 PM | Jarvez Hall (Administrator)

    The East Metro Economic Alliance Board of Directors has voted to support  the $125 million general obligation bond measure for Mt. Hood Community College on the May, 2016 ballot. We feel this is an important strategic investment and has the full support of our organization from both those in education and in industry.

    The East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) is a non-profit organization comprised of businesses, chambers of commerce, nonprofits and public agencies working together to shape the future of East Metro through economic advocacy. EMEA brings together leaders from East Portland, Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, and Wood Village to build consensus and promote action on issues vital to the economic development and livability of the region. One of the areas we identify as essential to economic vitality in our region is Education & Workforce Development. In fact, we advocate for “programs which develop a more efficient, integrated method of preparing skilled workers to the employers who need them.” After review, we have concluded this bond to be a prudent investment in our region.

    We considered:

    • Mt. Hood Community College, its students, staff and alumni added $752 million in income to our economy which supported nearly 12,000 local jobs in 2015.
    • This bond will leverage an additional $8-million in Oregon state funds for the building of a new Advanced Workforce and Applied Technology Center.
    • This effort will provide for increased efforts in the safety and security of the students, staff, faculty and community members on the college campus.
    • A new Maywood Park campus will be constructed, using this bond, to better serve residents within the district by providing a full-service campus that will offer career pathways leading to employment possibilities.
    • The college currently has no bond debt.

    This bond will result in even greater educational opportunities that will lead to jobs for our residents and increase our ability to attract and retain businesses. Mt. Hood Community College has played a vital role in our community for nearly 50-years. The college provides great educational opportunities, serves as a major employer of local residents and adds greatly to the economic vitality of our region and has the full support of the East Metro Economic Alliance.

    Visit http://www.mhcc.edu/bond/ for more information on the MHCC General Obligation Bond.


  • November 23, 2015 11:21 AM | Jarvez Hall (Administrator)

    Earlier this month, on November 12th, the Metro Council voted unanimously to maintain the current Urban Growth Boundary for the region.  The Urban Growth Boundary will not be reviewed again my Metro and another 3 years. EMEA will be a part of the discussion of Urban Grown Boundary and will be keeping you informed every step of the way. 

    Below is a letter EMEA sent to Metro Council President Tom Hughes and the Metro Council in response to the initial recommendation of Metro COO Martha Bennett to not expand the urban Growth Boundary.  EMEA will always advocate for economic development and the ablity for the East Metro region to grow and prosper. 

    See articled related to the Urban Growth Boundary decision

    Oregon Live
    Clackamas Review

    Metro 


    November 2, 2015

    Metro Council

    600 NE Grand Ave

    Portland, OR 97232

    RE: Urban Growth Boundary


    Dear President Hughes and Metro Council:

    On September 10, 2015, Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick spoke to the East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) Board Members regarding the “Recommendations of the Metro Chief Operating Officer” to not expand the Urban Growth Boundary. We appreciate all the hard work that went into this recommendation and Councilor Shirley Craddick’s efforts to share this information and seek input from our Board. As an organization, we have notable concerns that we strongly recommend be addressed as a part of the Urban Growth Boundary decision to be made later this year.

    1. We agree a revised approach to planning needs to occur. Our concern is the outcomes of past plans have not materialized and time, people, business preferences, and the region’s ability to create sound policy and deliver on intentional goals have all changed. As a region we must be intentional in our outcome and maintain flexibility in order to meet the changing needs of our fast-growing region.

    2. As you move the planning effort to the next level, we support the creation of a committee that would include the cities, business owners, experts, and stakeholders to work with Metro. As an east-county stakeholder for economic advocacy, EMEA would like to be an active member on this committee. As EMEA works at the intersection of business, government, education and nonprofits, we are more than happy to make recommendations about others who may be good participants for this committee, especially as it relates to East Metro representation.

    3. Regional goals are important, but understanding the abilities and needs of the sub-regions (cities/counties) to meet the regional goals is critical to the region’s success. The next update should plan/assume growth on the sub-regional level so those areas can create the appropriate policies, infrastructure requirements, funding priorities, safety and other needs to match the region’s plan.

    4. Current litigation has impacted the region’s ability to enact effective growth strategies. We need to get the litigation behind us so we can move forward to create a growth plan all of us can believe in.

    5. With so many new changes as noted in the report by the Chief Operating Officer, we agree a new review should be completed within the next three years. This also will help the region maintain flexibility with the hope that current litigation is resolved in the next two years. This will give the region more time to collect and interpret new data.

    I want to thank you and the council for your time and attention. We look forward for a resolution of our concerns, and being engaged as this process moves forward. If there is an opportunity for input from East Metro or any of our member or area partners, please let me know.

    Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

    Best regards,


    Jarvez Hall, MBA

    East Metro Economic Alliance Executive Director

    PO Box 422 Gresham, OR 97030

    Email: ExecutiveDirector@EastMetro.org

    Phone: (503)912-8898


  • September 29, 2015 9:43 AM | Jarvez Hall (Administrator)

    The Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRDC) launched its formal process to identify a private developer for the Rockwood Rising Redevelopment Project on the GRDC-owned Catalyst Site. Qualified developers are encouraged to respond to the GRDC's Request for Expressions of Interest by theOct. 19 deadline. The GRDC acquired the former Rockwood Fred Meyer site at 18535 S.E. Stark St. in 2005.  Redevelopment of this "Catalyst Site," including the existing Rockwood Community Office building now called the Rockwood Exchange, is a major focus of GRDC efforts. 

    Over the past two years, the GRDC has worked hard to build the Rockwood Rising Redevelopment Project in partnership with the community; to recruit and secure letters of intent from prospective tenants fitting the overall vision of the project; and to put financing options and incentives in place to reduce risk for the developer.

    The vision is to create an economic engine in the heart of Rockwood that supports local entrepreneurs and creates living-wage jobs. Anticipated uses include a food marketplace for local vendors, offices for community medical care and professional services, spaces to access computers and other technology, classrooms for job training and health care courses, a high-tech workshop for members of the community to develop their own products, incubator spaces for area "food-entrepreneurs" and space for local retail stores and restaurants. DCJ Ad and Additional Information

    Find more information on the City's urban renewal efforts at GreshamOregon.gov/UrbanRenewal.

    Seeking Developers

    A complete Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) packet may be obtained from Cecille Turley, Program Administrator, City of Gresham, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, Oregon 97030; 503-618-2545Cecille.Turley@greshamoregon.gov.

    Expressions of Interest, in writing, will be received by Cecille Turley, Program Administrator, City of Gresham, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR 97030 until Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. local time. A non-mandatory pre-submittal meeting will be held at Gresham City Hall onThursday, September 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

    The Request for Expressions of Interest can be downloaded from the “DemandStar” link on the City of Gresham website at:GreshamOregon.gov/Purchasing.

     

  • July 01, 2015 8:00 AM | Jarvez Hall (Administrator)


    JARVEZ HALL NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR EAST METRO ECONOMIC ALLIANCE

    The East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) is pleased to announce Jarvez Hall has been named as their new executive director.

    Jarvez Hall joins EMEA with a wide array of experience and education. He is a proud alum of Gresham High School and went on to complete his undergraduate degree in Business from Oregon State University (OSU) where he also played football and was a member of the 2001 Pac-10 Co-Championship team which defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. He completed his formal education with an MBA from Willamette University focusing on Business, Government, and Not-for-Profit Management.

    Jarvez has worked in education and government initially up to and beyond graduation which included positions at OSU, Chemeketa, Clackamas and Portland Community Colleges, and the City of Portland in multiple capacities. Jarvez has owned and operated three small businesses in Portland and Corvallis, and continues to be active in the entrepreneurship community.

    For the past 18 months, Jarvez has been increasingly active in the business advocacy community while working for Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy, education and research organization based in Washington, DC. Jarvez manages Small Business Majority's national workforce initiatives and outreach for the Pacific Northwest from their Oregon office. Jarvez develops and maintains strategic partnerships with national organizations working on Opportunity Youth, Men and Boys of Color and other associated initiatives. Jarvez is excited to be out in East County and his only message is "Go Gophers.......and Bruins, Raiders and Eagles."

    EMEA looks forward to Jarvez’s leadership to continue to build a stronger economic advocacy force for the East Metro communities. EMEA combines business leaders from industry, government and education to impact investment, business, and employment opportunities.

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