Government & Public Policy (GAPP)

The TACC Government & Public Policy (GAPP) Subcommittee supports the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce Mission of providing opportunities for consistent and sustainable long-term business growth by promoting public policy, rules and laws that support a healthy business and employment climate.

We are guided by the following objectives:

  • Preserve  the competitive enterprise system of business by creating a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of a strong economy, promoting intelligent business and public opinion regarding local, state, and national legislative and political affairs. 
  • Prevent  policies which are detrimental to business, creating a greater appreciation of the value of competitive business. 
  • Promote  healthy communities by: promoting economic programs designed to strengthen and expand the income potential of all classes of business, and opportunities for employment.

Other Guidelines Include:

  • The use of taxes should be fair and equitable in providing services and programs that benefit the economic growth and the health and welfare of citizens.
  • Reasonable regulations are necessary to a growing economy, unreasonable ones stifle growth and opportunity.
  • Governmental policy needs to promote economic opportunity.
  • As a general rule, overall government expenditures should not grow at rates greater than populations and inflation, or rates exceeding growth in income.
  • Government must look for more efficient ways to provide services to maintain quality government within cost restraints.
  • Making efforts to educate and inform public officials and media about the impact potential decisions could have on the area economy.

GAPP Team Members

  • Ralph Hughes, Financial WealthCare, Committee Chair
  • Bob Oleson
  • Mark Fryburg, PGE
  • Paul Drechsler, Bank of the West
  • Debi Mollahan, Tigard Chamber CEO
  • John Cook, Mayor of Tigard, Ex-Officio

 Interested in joining GAPP, email

Committee meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3:30pm - 4:30 pm at the Tigard Chamber.  Check our calendar of events for more details on these and other chamber events.

IDEAS? CONCERNS? Here is a great site to do some of your own research, as a Chamber member, on bills and other information from Salem:

We want to hear from you the business community about city, county and state legislative issues.  Please be sure to call or email if you see anything you believe the TACC GAPP should be aware of.



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