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 19, 2018
Topic: The Low Carbon Future
Speakers: Kimberly Heiting, NW Natural
Business & Leaders Luncheon on December 18, 2018
Topic: Interview a Portland Icon
Speakers: Craig Wessel, Publisher of the Portland Business Journal
Business & Leaders Luncheon on October 16, 2018
Topic: Candidate Forum
Speakers: Local and State Candidates
Business & Leaders Luncheon on September 18, 2018
Topic: Metro Housing Bond
Speakers: Metro Councilor, Shirley Craddick and Andy Duyck of Affordable Oregon
Business & Leaders Luncheon on August 21, 2018
Topic: If You Need the Drug, Can Your Afford It?
Speaker: Dave Hunt, Sr. VP for Government Affairs, Strategies 360 Oregon
Business & Leaders Luncheon on July 17, 2018
Topic: Major League Baseball to PDX?
Speaker: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook
Business & Leaders Luncheon on May 15, 2018
Speaker: Maria Pope, CEO of PGE
Business & Leaders Luncheon on April 17, 2018
Topic: What's Up With Metro
Speakers: Lynn Peterson, Metro Chair Candidate and Shirley Craddick, Metro Councilor
Business & Leaders Luncheon on January 16, 2018
Topic: Cap & Trade? Carbon Limiting? Carbon Pollution? Cap & Invest
Speakers: JL Wilson of Public Affairs Counsel and Rebecca Carey-Smith of Portland General Electric
Business & Leaders Luncheon on October 17, 2017
Topic: Transportation Package: What will it do? How much will it cost? Will East County benefit?
Speakers: Craig Campbell, Victory Group and Representative Mark Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Business & Industry
Business & Leaders Luncheon on September 19, 2017
Topic: Meet the New Superintendent
Speaker: Dr. Katrise Perera
Business & Leaders Luncheon on July 18, 2017
Topic: Legislative Wrap Up
Speakers: Senators Laurie Monnes Anderson and Chuck Thomsen
Business & Leaders Luncheon on June 20, 2017
Topic: Marijuana Update
Speakers: Trista Okel, Founder/CEO of Empower Oil; Capt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police Department and Amanda Borup, Policy Analyst, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
Business & Leaders Luncheon on May 16, 2017
Topic: Oregon's Economy: A Race to the Top
Speaker: Ruth Miles, Small Business Advocate for Secretary of State
Business & Leaders Luncheon on April 18, 2017
Topic: Rockwood is TAKING OFF!
Speakers: Brad Ketch, President and CEO, Rockwood CDC and Josh Fuhrer, Executive Director, Gresham Redevelopment Commission
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