The Government Affairs Council holds monthly forums on topics pertinent to the business community and government relations.
Click here for a full calendar of Government Affairs forums.
Business & Leaders Luncheon on February 21, 2017
Topic: Port of Portland in Gresham? Yes
Speaker: Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland
Business & Leaders Luncheon on December 13, 2016
Speakers: Mayor Elect Casey Ryan; Multnomah County Commissioner Elect Lori Stegmann; new Gresham Police Chief Robin Sells and Gresham City Councilman Jerry Hinton
Business & Leaders Luncheon on October 11, 2016
Topic: Politicians on Parade
Speakers: Gresham City Council: Jerry Hinton, Position 1 and David Widmark, Position 5. Troutdale Mayor & City Council: Casey Ryan, Mayor; Randy Lauer, Position 2 and Rob Canfield, Position 4. State or Oregon: Lori Chavez, District 51; Mark Johnson, District 52; Stella Armstrong, Michael Calcagno & Carla Piluso, District 50. Multnomah County: Lori Stegmann, District 4
Business & Leaders Luncheon on September 13, 2016
Topic: (We've Got Your) Back To School
Speakers: Sheriff Mike Reese, Multnomah County; Tim Nesbitt, Columnist and Advisor for Measure 98; Randy Carmony, International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 23 and Jim Schlachter, Superintendent for Gresham-Barlow School District
Business & Leaders Luncheon on August 9, 2016
Topic: The Art Movement in Gresham...Why and what's in it for you?
Speakers: Judy Han, GOPA; Sue O'Halloran, Center for the Arts Foundation; Betsy Hatton, Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra and Darren Charles, Odysseo by Cavalia
Business & Leaders Luncheon on July 12, 2016
Topic: Secretary of State
Speakers: Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson
Business & Leaders Luncheon on June 14, 2016
Topic: Human Trafficking: Not in my back yard. Think again.
Speakers: Sgt. Mike Gallagher, Portland Police Bureau; Glen "J.R." Ujifusa, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney; Tanell Morton, Advocate, Case Manager for the RYSE Program (SARC) and Mel Jett, Program Director, Harry's Mother
Business & Leaders Luncheon on May 10, 2016
Topic: Homelessness in our back yard. What can and is being done?
Speakers: Chief Robin Sells and Joe Walsh, City of Gresham; Marc Jolin, Multnomah County and Terry Shumway, Homeowner Advocate
Business & Leaders Luncheon on April 12, 2016
Topic: IP28...Will this Change Oregon Forever?
Speakers: Ben Unger and Emma Kallaway with Our Oregon Campaign and Jeremy Rogers with Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales Campaign
Business & Leaders Luncheon on March 8, 2016
Topic: Why Should Gresham Care Who is Mayor of Portland?
Speakers: Ted Wheeler and Jules Bailey
State of the City Address on February 17, 2016
Business & Leaders Luncheon on January 12, 2016
Topic and Speaker: Jack Roberts, Oregon Lottery
Government Affairs Forum on November 3, 2015
Topic: An Update on Rockwood. Now and the Future.
Speakers: Craig Junginger, Chief of Police, City of Gresham; Josh Fuhrer, Executive Director, Gresham Redevelopment Commission and Brad Ketch, President and CEO, Rockwood Community Development Corp.
Government Affairs Forum on October 1, 2015
Topic: Marijuana Is Legal: As A Business Owner, Now What?
Speakers: Krista Holland, SVP Human Resources, Riverview Community Bank; Robin Sell, Deputy Chief of Police, City of Gresham; Mark Pettinger, OLCC and Amy Margolis, Attorney and Advocate for Measure 91, Emerge Law Group
Government Affairs Forum on August 4, 2015
Topic: How is the Fight Against Poverty Going in East County?
Speakers: Jean DeMaster, Executive Director of Human Solutions and Betty Dominguez of Home Forward
Government Affairs Forum on July 7, 2015
Topic: An Update on Activities in Washington D.C.
Speaker: U.S. Senator Bob Packwood
Government Affairs Forum on June 2, 2015
Topic: School District Update
Speakers: Superintendents Sam Breyer of Centennial, Linda Florence of Reynolds and Jim Schlachter of Gresham-Barlow School District
Government Affairs Forum on May 7, 2015
Topic/Speaker: Face to Face with Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Government Affairs Forum on April 7, 2015
Topic: Mayors Forum
Speaker: Mayor Shane Bemis, City of Gresham
Government Affairs Forum on March 3, 2015
Topic: Mayors Forum
Speakers: Mayors Doug Daoust, City of Troutdale; Patricia Smith, City of Wood Village and Ted Tosterud, City of Fairview
Government Affairs Forum on February 3, 2015
Topic: Affordable Healthcare Act
Speakers: Scott Loftin, Vice President, Sales & Account Services, Moda; Tim Rasch, President, Portland Association of Health Underwriters; Jeff Akers, Director, Strategic Accounts, Labor & Trust Occupational Health, Kaiser Permanente and Tom Holt, Director of Government Relations, Cambia Health
Government Affairs Forum on January 6, 2015
Topic: East County Matters
Speaker: Deborah Kafoury, Chair, Multnomah County
Government Affairs Forum on October 28, 2014
Topic: City of Gresham Candidate Forum
Speakers: Kirk French, Mario Palmero and Lori Stegmann
Government Affairs Forum on September 23, 2014
Topic: Oregon Opportunity Initiative, Measure 86
Speaker: Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
Government Affairs Forum on August 26, 2014
Topic: Legislative Candidate Forum
Speakers: Dan Chriestenson, Carla Piluso, Jodi Bailey, Representative Shemia Fagan and Representative Mark Johnson
Government Affairs Forum on July 22, 2014
Topic: The Future of Transit in East County
Speakers: Neil McFarlane, TriMet General Manager and Shirley Craddick, Metro Councilor and Co-Chair of the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project
Government Affairs Forum on June 24, 2014
Topic: What the State of Oregon is Doing to Bolster Small Business
Speaker: Ruth Miles, Small Business Advocate, Office of Secretary of State
Government Affairs Forum on May 27, 2014
Topic: Affordable Care Act - The Impact on Business
Speakers: Tim Rasch, Government Affairs Director, Portland Association of Health Underwriters; Jerry Hinton, General Manager of Brasher's Portland Auto Auction and Gresham City Councilor; Mark Garber, President and Publisher at The Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers and Tina Kennedy, Jackson Benefit Services, Inc.
Government Affairs Forum on April 22, 2014
Topic: Gresham's Five-Year Local Option Levy for Police, Fire, and Parks
Speaker: Mayor Shane Bemis, City of Gresham, talking about the Police, Fire and Park Levy - Measure 26-157
Government Affairs Forum on March 25, 2014
Topic: Multnomah County Chair Candidate Forum
Speakers: Jim Francesconi, Gretchen Kafoury and Steven Reynolds