Learn at Lunch
The Government Affairs Council holds monthly forums on topics pertinent to the business community and government relations. Luncheons are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. View our Events Calendar for upcoming luncheon details.
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2023 Learn at Lunch Events in the Gresham Area
November 14th, 2023
Renovation of the Pony Soldier
In this months forum, we learn about the renovation of the former Pony Soldier Inn, which is being converted into affordable housing for college students. Giving us the update are Ryan Sturley, Director of Real Estate & Development, College Housing Northwest; Pam Blumenthal, Director of Affordable Rents for College Students (ARCS), College Housing Northwest; and Bhaktirose Dawdy, Director of Student Basic Needs Initiatives, Mt. Hood Community College.
October 17th, 2023
Life in Rockwood
How does Rockwood's economic status as an area of persistent poverty, impact the economy of East County?
Join Brad and Lynn Ketch from the Rockwood Community Development Center as they discuss how investing in Rockwood can change our regional economy.
The income disparities are stark. Median household income in Rockwood is less than half of what it is in Portland. In just the past eight years, this gap has more than doubled. Home to over 40,000 people, Rockwood is part of East Multnomah County which is known for a considerable gap between the rich and poor.
In fact, if Multnomah County were divided into two states, the west side of the county would be one of the wealthiest states in the United States, and the east side would be one of the poorest. - source: Rockwood CDC
September 19th, 2023
Gresham Economic Trends and Indicators
August 15th, 2023
What Impacts Did the Legislative Session Have on Your Business and Employees?
May 18th, 2023
Your Community's College is Making an Impact!
July 18th, 2023
Artificial Intelligence. Will Small Business Benefit from AI? What it Does and How to Get Started
April 20th, 2023
Gresham Safety Levy Ballot Measure: 26-239
Without the levy, Gresham faces a $8 million budget shortfall and citywide layoffs. Fire and police emergency response times are already longer, delays more frequent, and first responders max out if simultaneous emergencies happen. Mental health calls take twice as long to respond to and twice as many officers.
February 21st, 2023
Gresham-Barlow and Centennial School District Updates with the Superintendents
James Owens, Superintendent, Centennial School District
James Hiu, Superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District
Hear about the challenges and successes of our local schools from the Super intendents that lead them.
January 17th, 2023
Tolling & Congestion Pricing. When? Where? How Much?
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Urban Mobility Office, Oregon Department of Transportation
In this months forum, we get an update on where the state is at regarding transportation tolling. When is it going to start? Where are the tolls going to be collected? How much is it going to cost commuters? Here to answer these and many other questions is Mandy Putney, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Urban Mobility Office, Oregon Department of Transportation.
If you have a topic or speaker you would like to see included in the monthly Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Leaders Forum, please share. We are always looking for new and insightful speakers and topics to share with the Gresham Area. Contact us today!