advocacy

The Portland Business Alliance serves as the leading voice for business in the region, advocating at all levels of government on policy issues that impact employers and support the region’s economic vitality. Members actively participate in shaping our advocacy agenda.

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Prosperity Champions

Prosperity Champions promotes collaboration, cooperation, and a focus on shared community values. Your organization can join Prosperity Champions by making a contribution to the Portland Business Alliance PAC. As members, you have access to monthly events with candidates in key races, as well as quarterly receptions with elected officials.
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help shape our policy agenda

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: Amy Rathfelder, Director, Government Affairs
Education and Career Readiness Committee

Education and Career Readiness 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: Amy Rathfelder, Director, 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: Amy Rathfelder, Director, 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 third Monday of each month. This committee informs our member-driven policy agenda. 

Chair: Diane Economaki, Fuze7 Marketing 
Staff: Ashleen McGirk, Coordinator, Membership Relations Management
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: Amy Rathfelder, Director, 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: Amy Rathfelder, Director, Government Affairs

Pacific Northwest International Trade Association

Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA) is an affiliate organization of the Portland Business Alliance. PNITA is dedicated to supporting the global competitiveness of our region through education and advocacy on issues affecting Pacific Northwest industries reliant on international commerce.
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economic reports

As part of the Value of Jobs Coalition, the Alliance has a vision for the Portland region: To create a prosperous, healthy community with a good quality of life for everyone. This starts with more private-sector jobs. A series of reports by the coalition shows why family-wage, private-sector job creation must be a regional priority.
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