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2013 Annual Breakfast features business leaders; Alliance unveils its new look April 2013
By Dennis Rawlinson

Annual Breakfast 2011

The Portland Business Alliance is busy preparing for its biggest event of the year, the 2013 Annual Breakfast on May 14. Annual Breakfast is one of the largest gatherings of business and civic leaders in the region, attracting roughly 1,000 business and civic leaders. It’s a celebration of not only where the Alliance has been, but
also where we’re headed.

This past year we’ve done a significant amount of work around our Value of Jobs initiative. We’ve released a number of economic studies, including one on the region’s traded-sector, another on market-ready industrial land availability, its annual economic report and most recently, a report on higher education and income levels. The Value of Jobs Coalition’s work continues to shape how policy-makers, civic leaders, others in the business community and the general public talk about the economic health of our region. 

Another big achievement over the past year is our updated brand and new website, which will be fully unveiled at Annual Breakfast. With a ten-year-old logo, tagline and website, the Alliance’s brand identity was in need of an update to better reflect what we represent. Our hope is that the refreshed brand will showcase the Alliance as a trusted organization, resource and partner that is working to strengthen the Portland region. We’ve been releasing pieces of the new logo and tagline in teaser emails and social media posts over the past month. From these small previews, I hope you can see that we’ve taken our brand in a fresh and contemporary new direction.
All of this wouldn’t be possible without support from members of the business community. At Annual Breakfast, we recognize some of these contributors for all the work they’ve done to make the Portland region a great place to do business. This year, we are honoring Preston Pulliams, the soon-to-be retired President of Portland Community College with the Community Champion Award.  We will thank him for his dedication to improving the region’s educational attainment and for being an innovative community leader and great partner of the Alliance.

We will also recognize the contributions of Charles Wilhoite of Willamette Management Associates with the President’s Award who has served in a number of roles on the Alliance board as well as many other business and civic organizations in the state and region.

The main draw of our Annual Breakfast, however, is always the keynote speaker.  Over the years, we have heard from more than a dozen dynamic and thoughtful business leaders who have shared insights into their business and industry.  This year is no exception as Kevin Stein, a leader at one of the Portland region’s Fortune 500 companies, Precision Castparts Corp, will address the audience.  We look forward to hearing all that Kevin has to say. 

We hope you’ll be able to join us for all of this and more at the Annual Breakfast. We still have a limited quantity of tickets available; contact Jose Rivas if you’re interested in attending. And, our new website will be live May 14, so be sure to have a visit!
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