The Tigard Chamber 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 advocate with government on behalf of business, leveraging the voice of our members.
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 informed business decisions regarding local, state, and national legislative and political affairs.
- Prevent policies which are detrimental to business and create 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.
- Make efforts to educate and inform public officials and media about the impact potential decisions could have on the area economy.
GAPP Team Members
- Tom Markgraf, TriMet, Committee Chair
- Debi Mollahan, Tigard Chamber CEO
- Ethan Frelly, Beltran Properties, Board Chair Elect
- John Trinh, Luke-Dorf, Board Member
- Greg Weisgerber, TVF&R, Board Member Non-Voting
- Troy Gagliano, PGE
- Tom Engel, Vantage Point Business Solutions
- Jessica Love, Tigard Farmers Market
- Tom Anderson, Tigard Real Estate & Tigard City Council Member, Non Voting
GAPP Committee members are reviewed and approved by the Tigard Chamber Board of Directors. Interested in joining GAPP, email email@example.com
Committee meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 2:30 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: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1
We want to hear from you the business community about city, county and state legislative issues. Please be sure to call or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you see anything you believe the Tigard Chamber GAPP should be aware of.