WEA's advocacy on the state transportation package

 

Scholls Ferry Traffic    Pam Treece, executive director of Westside Economic Alliance, shared with the WEA Transportation and Government Relations committees the advocacy work the organization has done on the transportation bill.  
   Treece said the Alliance began its work on this transportation package back when the Governor had a visioning panel with PGE's Dave Robertson and former State Senator Bruce Starr.  
   They both presented their findings to the Transportation Committee in January of 2016.
  • She also served on the TriMet low income fare task force;
  • The Alliance has also provided testimony and/or participated in discussion with the Joint Committee On Transportation Preservation and Modernization both on the road last summer and in Salem during the session;
  • A call to action for members to reach out to the Governor's office in support of the transportation package was initiated in late June;
  • WEA also provided information to the legislative committee on the Washington County Freight Study, which the Alliance coordinated last winter;
  • The organization's column in the Business Tribune has focused on transportation a number of times in the past year;
  • WEA's staff also participated in an effort to have a press conference with many of the partners around the region.
   The Alliance would like to thank the chairs and co-chairs of the committee for all their efforts in getting HB 2017 passed - senators Lee Beyer and Brian Boquist and representatives Caddy McKeown and Cliff Bentz.
   Thank you also to our local delegation that served on the committee - Senator Betsy Johnson and Representative Susan McLain.  
   We also appreciate Representative Richard Vial for sharing his insight with WEA's committees this week.