Oregon leaders visit Washington D.C.



Oregon leaders visit Washington D.C.

The trip, organized by Portland Business Alliance with the support of Oregon Business Council and Oregon Business & Industry, included elected officials and leaders from key agencies across the greater Portland region.

2019 Washington D.C.

Our annual trip to Washington, D.C. with Oregon Business Plan partners just wrapped up. This trip, organized by Portland Business Alliance with the support of Oregon Business Council and Oregon Business & Industry, included elected officials and leaders from key agencies across the greater Portland region to talk face-to-face with our region’s congressional delegation and other D.C. experts. Special thanks to all those who were able join us, especially our elected officials from the region, including Multnomah County Commission Chair Deborah Kafoury and Metro Council President Lynn Peterson.
 
More than 40 people joined us, representing members from across our organizations. From small business leaders and natural resources managers, to manufacturing, social services, transportation and more, trip participants represented a diverse group of industries.
 
Our coalition had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative Peter Defazio, U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici, and the staff of U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader and U.S. Representative Greg Walden.
 
Key themes that emerged from discussions with the delegation included the importance of trade for Oregon – particularly the re-visioning of NAFTA and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – as well as transportation infrastructure and resources for affordable housing services.
 
We will share more from our conversations in the weeks ahead, and appreciate all who helped make this trip possible.
 
For more information about next year’s trip to Washington, D.C., please contact Maria Ellis, Federal Affairs Director and Executive Director of Pacific Northwest International Trade Association (PNITA).