BY: Jennifer Stephens // Bend Chamber Government Affairs
#1) – #2) We loaded up the bus before sunrise and headed to Salem. Over coffee we talked about our action plan and priorities for Bend Chamber Day at the Capitol and reviewed the packet we would handout to state leaders. To download a copy of the packet, click here.
#3 ) We huddled to review the schedule of 22 appointments then broke off into small groups and went out for meetings with State Representatives, Senators, and department directors.
#5.) The four main areas we advocated for throughout the day were:
- Housing bills, especially those addressing our desperate need for increased inventory
- Workforce development bills, specifically training and internship programs
- OSU-Cascades projects, funding innovation districts, the student success center, and expansion Redmond’s campus
- Childcare bills, emphasizing dire need for additional quality childcare openings
Representative Cheri Helt and Representative Jack Zika recognized and thanked the Bend Chamber for traveling over and meeting with their colleagues on issues important to small businesses and our region.
#6.) It was a long, packed and productive day in Salem! Over the next couple months, until this legislative session ends in June, the Bend Chamber will continue to meet with Central Oregon delegation weekly, monitor and take action on issues impacting our membership. If you’d like to see the official letters that have been submitted this year, click here.
If you’d like to see video clips from the day check out videos from Bend Chamber’s President and CEO, Katy Brooks and Central Oregon Daily’s coverage, Stating their Case.