ADVOCACY

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 debi@tigardchamber.org

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 debi@tigardchamber.org if you see anything you believe the Tigard Chamber GAPP should be aware of.