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Government Affairs Council

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce has an active Government Affairs Council that takes stands on issues and endorses measures and candidates. The Chamber is the voice to business in the East Metro region.

The Purpose of the Council is to:

  • Provide education and awareness to, and advocate for, members on a local, regional, state and federal level.
  • Provide education on, and create awareness of, issues, including, but not limited to:- Ballot measures
    • Proposed and passed legislation
    • Government regulation
    • Education
    • Economic vitality
    • Transportation
    • Environmental
    • Jobs creation
    • Land Use

The Mission of the Council is to:

  • Create a strong, prosperous, and vital local economy
  • Develop business advocacy and political action
  • Provide direction to Chamber leadership to effectively represent the interests of business before government

The Goals of the Council are:

  • Viable public policy benefiting member interests
  • Awareness among membership and public at large regarding issues and legislation
  • Identify needs of small and large business members and ability to advocate proactively for those needs
  • Viable transportation systems that ensure mobility of passengers, goods and service in a safe,  expedient manner
  • Land use regulations and education system that support economic development and regional vitality