Help shape the policy agenda for the Portland business community



Help shape the policy agenda for the Portland business community

Announcing new policy committees and member-driven policy agenda process.

We consistently hear that our advocacy work on behalf of the Portland business community is highly valued and is what attracts people to join the Portland Business Alliance.

At the direction of our board of directors, we are revamping our policy committee structure and agenda setting process with the goal of maximizing member involvement. Our policy committees will be responsible for developing and recommending policy priorities for inclusion in the annual agenda. This will ensure that our policy agenda is transparent and driven by broad member input. In addition, we will also conduct semi-annual surveys of all members to gather member input on policy priorities.

With this change, our new policy committee chairs better reflect the growing community. We are excited to welcome all members to participate, beginning August 2019.
SETTING OUR ADVOCACY AGENDA
All policy committees will make their first set of recommendations to the Portland Business Alliance Government Relations Committee at the end of 2019.

Beginning in 2020, Portland Business Alliance will adopt a policy agenda that is member driven. It will be designed to build bridges between our members, elected officials and community leaders. This agenda will represent businesses large and small from across the region, and will be unquestionably bi-partisan. 

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED

Ever had an idea for a change to a law or regulation that will improve our city, region or state? Interested in increasing your knowledge and expertise in important policy areas like transportation or education? Do you want to have the opportunity to meet directly with local and state elected officials to build a more equitable and sustainable economy for current and future generations?

Committee participants will have the opportunity to review possible policy proposals for feedback and approval, hear presentations from key community partners on their policy priorities, meet with Portland Business Alliance community allies and stakeholders, and present their own policy ideas for consideration.

We encourage all members of the Portland Business Alliance to get involved by signing-up to participate in one or more of our policy committees beginning in August.

Central City Standing Committee

Central City Standing Committee

Consider public policy proposals related to downtown vibrancy, economic development and livability. Meets the third Tuesday of each month. This committee informs our member-driven policy agenda. 

Chair: Dan McMillan, The Standard 
Staff: Kiley Wilson, Coordinator, Government Affairs
Education Committee

Education Committee

Examines public policy proposals related to all levels of education continuum, with a focus on K-12, CTE/STEM, post-secondary and workforce development. Meets the fourth Friday of each month. This committee informs our member-driven policy agenda.

Chair: Craig Wilcox, Wells Fargo Advisors
Staff: Kiley Wilson, Coordinator, Government Affairs
Land Use and Housing Committee

Land Use and Housing Committee

Reviews public policy proposals related to a broad range of local and regional land use and development issues. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. This committee informs our member-driven policy agenda.

Chair: Tim Leavitt, OTAK
Staff: Kiley Wilson, Coordinator, Government Affairs
Small Business Council

Small Business Council

Serves as a forum for small business members to hear from and engage with government agencies regarding new programs and policies. Meets the last Monday of each month. This committee informs our member-driven policy agenda. 

Chair: Diane Economaki, Fuze7 Marketing 
Staff: Becca McCulloch, Coordinator, Events & Small Business
Technology and Innovation Committee

Technology and Innovation Committee

Provide feedback on public policy proposals impacting the region’s thriving technology sector. Meets the first Friday of each month. This committee informs our member-driven policy agenda. 

Chair: Jennifer Stoll, OCHIN 
Staff: Kiley Wilson, Coordinator, Government Affairs
Transportation Committee

Transportation Committee

Evaluate public policy proposals related to transportation topics including freight mobility, transit, infrastructure projects, policies and funding. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month. This committee informs our member-driven policy agenda. 

Chair: Page Phillips Strickler, Strategies 360 
Staff: Kiley Wilson, Coordinator, Government Affairs


Stay tuned for information on regular meetings for the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA)*, chaired by Kristen Leonard of the Port of Portland. 

MEMBERS SIGN-UP FOR A COMMITTEE:

  1. Login to your member account at business.portlandalliance.com/login/

  2. On the left side, select “Personal Information” to manage your “Groups/Interests”

*Participation in Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA) requires a special membership. If you are interested in joining PNITA and getting involved with Portland Business Alliance’s international trade and federal advocacy work, contact PNITA Executive Director, Maria Ellis at mellis@portlandalliance.com.