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Business and Leaders Luncheons

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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2021 Gresham Area Chamber Business & Leaders Forum Recordings

Topic: In a Traffic Jam?  How will Toll Roads Help?
Guest Speakers from Oregon Department of Transportation Include:  Brendan Finn, Director, Urban Mobility Office; Lucinda Broussard, Toll Program Director; and Megan Channell, Project Director, I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project

Topic: Play Ball! Bringing Major League Baseball to Gresham, Oregon
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, President and Founder of Sports Management Worldwide

Topic: Tap into the Power of Women in Business
Guest Speaker:  Bobbie Stewart, Women's Business Center & Education Manager, Mercy Corps Northwest

Topic: The Future...or not...of Natural Gas in Oregon

Speakers: Nina Carlson, Government/Public Affairs Manager, NW Natural Gas, and Kevin Duel, Sale Engineer, NW Natural Gas

Topic: Start 2021 with a Diamond Speaker

Speakers:  Adam O'Grady, General Manager of Element Six

Topic: The Current State of Affairs in Gresham Oregon
Guest Speakers:  Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall

Topic: Oregon Legislative Session Wrap Up
Guest Speaker:  Senator Chris Gorsek (D), District 25, Troutdale; Representative Anna Williams (D), District 52, Hood River; and Representative Zach Hudson (D), District 49, which includes Troutdale, Fairview, Wood Village, Gresham and Portland.

Topic: Gresham Station: Has the Future or Vision Changed?
Guest Speaker:  Jay Fetherston, SVP, Retail North of Harsch Investment Properties

Topic: Metro's Regional Priorities Update
Guest Speaker:  Lynn Peterson, Council President, Metro

Topic: ABC's at the Local Level
Guest Speaker:  Dr. A. Katrise Perera, Superintendent, Gresham Barlow School District and Jordan Ely, CFO, Gresham-Barlow School District

2020 Gresham Area Chamber Business & Leaders Forum Recordings

Topic: Economics: Black Leadership

Speakers:  Economics and Schools: Mt Hood Community College President of Instruction Dr. Al McQuarters.  Economics and Running for Office: Mingus Mapps, Candidate for Portland Commissioner Economics and Small Business: Travis Stovall, owner of eRep


Metro Transportation Tax: Pros and Cons


Gresham City Councilor, Shirley Craddick

Scott Bruun of Cascade Policy Institute

Topic: Bridges and Toddlers: Two fantastic learning opportunities
Speakers:  Mike Pullen, Communications Director, Multnomah County
Cassie Davis, Public Relations and Communications Lead, HDR
Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson

May 21, 2020 Business & Leaders Event

Topic: How and When to Re-Open: Setting Expectations
Speakers:  Representative Christine Drazan, Chair Deborah Kafoury, Dr. Jennifer Vines, and Mayor Shane Bemis

November 24th, 2020 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Local Leaders
Guest Speaker:  Karylinn Echols, Mayor, City of Gresham

September 15, 2020 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Candidate Forum
Speakers:  Senator Kim Thatcher (R) (Candidate, Secretary of State), Representative Anna Williams (D) (Candidate, State Representative, District 52, Hood River), Jeff Helfrich (R) (Candidate, State Representative, District 52, Hood River), Justin Hwang (Candidate, Senate District 25, Gresham), Randy Lauer (Candidate, Mayor, City of Gresham), Jerry Hinton (Candidate, Gresham City Council, Position 1), Raymond Love (Candidate, Gresham City Council, Position 3), Sue Piazza (Candidate, Gresham City Council, Position 5), Dave Dyk (Candidate, Gresham City Council, Position 5), Travis Stovall (Candidate, Mayor, City of Gresham).

February 18, 2020 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Robots Take Over the Boyd's Coffee Building
Speakers:  David Thompson, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Sential Wellness

January 21, 2020 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Business Scams
Speakers:  Ruth Miles, Director, Corporation Division, and Tribal Liaison, Oregon Secretary of State

2019 Gresham Area Chamber Business & Leaders Forum Recordings

September 17, 2019 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Metro's Regional Investment Strategy
Speakers:  Lynn Peterson, President of Metro Council

July 16, 2019 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Willamette Falls Makes a SPLASH in Gresham!
Speaker:  Andrew Mason

Business & Leaders Luncheon on May 21, 2019

Topic: The State of Education
Speakers:  Dr. Katrise Perera and Dr. Danna Diaz

Business & Leaders Luncheon on March 19, 2019

Topic: Interview with Mayor Bemis
Speakers:  Mayor Bemis and Lynn Snodgrass

August 20, 2019 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Legislative Wrap Up... What's behind us? What's Ahead?
Speakers:  Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson & Representative Christine Drazen

June 18, 2019 Business & Leaders Luncheon

Topic: Growth Expectations on Land, Air, and Sea
Speakers:  Jayson Shanafelt

Business & Leaders Luncheon on April 16, 2019

Topic: Roads and Bridges... Where do we go from here?
Speaker:  John Charles, President and CEO of Cascade Policy Institute

Business & Leaders Luncheon on February 19, 2019

Topic: The Low Carbon Future
Speakers:  Kimberly Heiting, NW Natural

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!