Home & Office Safety Tip

March 28th, 2012

             What Does Carbon Monoxide Mean to Renters, Landlords, Home Owners…and You?

It is known as the “silent killer” and the most toxic substance you’ll come into contact with in your daily life – in your home, at work, garage, car and boat. It’s a colorless, odorless, tasteless, toxic gas – there are hundreds of fatalities every year from carbon monoxide and just a small amount of carbon monoxide in your living area can cause major problems over time. (more…)

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Beaverton School District Cutting $40 Million!

March 22nd, 2012

Massive community outreach has been underway….

The Beaverton School District announced months ago that they would be having to make $40 million dollars in cuts next month. They have conducted almost 100 community meetings and outreach sessions. It is real. It will happen. They sincerely want the community to be aware, understand and give input in the short time that is left. TAKE ACTION and get up to speed! View a the Budget Teaching Video and PowerPoint here.

 

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City Council Purchases Office Building at The Round

March 21st, 2012

BEAVERTON CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO PURCHASE
$8.65 MILLION OFFICE BUILDING AT THE ROUND      

– Building purchase ends costly lease for city-operated Central Plant –

The Beaverton City Council voted unanimously to purchase the 108,000 square-foot Class A office building located at The Round for $8.65 million. The following Chamber board members attended and/or testified: Wendi Eiland – chair of the board, American Family, Matt Krill – IBM, Mark Fryburg – PGE, Ada Boje – Health Touch Massage, Lorraine Clarno – President/CEO spoke on behalf of the board, Ken Madden – Madden Industrial Craftsmen and Ron Reichen- Precision Body&Paint.

The city purchased the Coldwell Banker building to eliminate a $400,000 per year lease payment for the space that houses the city-operated Central Plant. The state-of-the-art heating and cooling plant serves the buildings and condominiums at The Round. The financial impact to the city’s general fund over the remaining life of the lease would have totaled $13.3 million.

“The City Council really made a sound financial decision tonight,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “This eliminates a very expensive lease and provides the public with a substantial asset at the same time.”

City Attorney Bill Kirby and Community and Economic Development Director Don Mazziotti provided details of the purchase and also highlighted Portland-based ScanlanKemperBard (SKB) plans for reinvesting in The Round.  As part of the recent agreement with SKB, the city will receive nearly $1 million in cash (and real estate) that was still owed the city for public improvements at The Round. The agreement will also help the city move forward with its Creekside District, a key portion of the Civic Plan.

Last week, the Beaverton Committee for Citizens Involvement hosted a forum that updated citizens on the recent activity surrounding The Round. Nearly 70 Beaverton residents attended the forum, which was aired on TVCTV.

For additional information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TheRound.

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"Home Runs for Homeless Youth" Leadership Beaverton 2012

March 15th, 2012

Class of 2012 sets its sights on bringing homeless youth assistance through Homeplate

Mark your calendars and save the date for May 12th from 10am – 2pm at PCC Rock Creek Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation fields for the “Home Runs for Homeless Youth” kick ball tourney. The class is hoping to field 12 – teams of – 12 to compete in a fun and entertaining day of sport and camaraderie. Service clubs, Youth Groups, Corporate teams are all welcomed and encouraged. $500 fields a team and that is only $42 pp (and it is 100% tax deductible!).

HomePlate is a non-profit that has been working in Hillsboro for a number of years providing an evening of support and resources each week to unaccompanied youth – food, showers, counseling and all kinds of assistance.

This year’s class is working to help them establish a base in Beaverton. More information will be available shortly!

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Why Planning Is So Important by Dave Chin

March 14th, 2012

by Dave Chin, ActionCOACH of Portland 

In his book, “What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School,” Mark McCormack made an interesting discovery about the 1979 graduating MBA class. Within the group, 3% had written goals, 13% had thought of some goals and the balance were just thrilled to be out of school (I am sure you remember those feelings).

The interesting part was what happened ten years later. Here are the results of their success after a decade:

  • The group that had non-written goals were making TWICE the compensation compared to the 84% of those who had no goals leaving Harvard.
  • The group with written goals were making TEN TIMES what the other 97% were making on average.  (more…)

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Washington Trust Banks Sponsors HomePlate's Membership!

March 14th, 2012

Do you have a favorite non-profit that would benefit from Chamber membership & visibility?

We now have two wonderful non-profits that our members because of the generousity of business sponsors. The non-profits couldn’t afford membership & business is stepping up to help them grow their connections to the community and share their amazing work. Here is what Washington Trust Bank shared – (more…)

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Now this is the reward!

March 12th, 2012

Lovely email testimonial received March 8th from Office Manager Rosalea Peters of Dr. Michelle Stafford’s World of Smiles Dentistry.

Good morning Lorraine,

I wanted to email you personally and let you know that as of next week I will be transitioning from World of Smiles. I am unsure whether I will land in a Beaverton business at this point, but you can be sure that if I do, I will be as active as I can within the Chamber and events. I have been so impressed and personally inspired by the events I have been able to attend; most notably the #DRIVEN Breakfast with the Boss series and have met some fabulous people through the Coffee Connections. I was inspired by sitting next to Dick Schouten at the last luncheon and am already getting involved with the Washington Commission on Children and Families, and I have developed a great business relationship with Dave Chin of ActionCoach and he’s been an invaluable coaching asset to me over the past few months.

Thank you again for the service and leadership you provide to the business community – I hope to connect with you again soon!

Warm regards,
Rosalea Peters
Office Manager
World of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry
503-626-9700 x202

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2012 May Primary Candidate Endorsements

March 7th, 2012

Pro-Business Candidate Endorsements Released

A formal press release with more details will be issued shortly, but here are the results.
City Council Seat 1 – Lacey Beaty
City Council Seat 4 – Catherine Arnold
House Representative District 27 – Tobias Read
House Representative District 28 – Manuel Castaneda
House Representative District 34 – Dan Mason
Commissioner of Labor & Industries – Bruce Starr

Congratulations to all of you and thanks to all of the candidates that valued our endorsement & participated in the process. You commitment, passion and dedication to serve in public office is admirable.

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2012 May Primary Candidate Endorsements

March 7th, 2012

Pro-Business Candidate Endorsements Released

A formal press release with more details will be issued shortly, but here are the results.
City Council Seat 1 – Lacey Beaty
City Council Seat 4 – Catherine Arnold
House Representative District 27 – Tobias Read
House Representative District 28 – Manuel Castaneda
House Representative District 34 – Dan Mason
Commissioner of Labor & Industries – Bruce Starr

Congratulations to all of you and thanks to all of the candidates that valued our endorsement & participated in the process. You commitment, passion and dedication to serve in public office is admirable.

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Chamber Testifies in Support of DDA for the Round

March 6th, 2012

Let’s get the Round moving!

Last evening I testified on behalf of the board & membership. Mistakes were made in the past and we applaud the Mayor & current Council and staff for taking advantage of current market conditions to really make a significant positive change! Here’s my testimony.

Good evening Mayor Doyle and City Councilors.

For the record, my name is Lorraine Clarno, President and CEO of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce. I am here tonight on behalf of the Chamber’s board of directors and membership.

For nearly 10 years the development known as the Round has fallen short of its potential in terms of tenancy, value, new investment, and redevelopment stimulus. Westgate and the properties around it have not developed as expected and the Central District has not materially-improved over the past decade.  Property values have declined and business have defaulted along with potential tax revenues. (more…)

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