July’s speakers at the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association General Meeting will cover some very important topics.

Join us Wednesday, July 11, at 11:45AM, at the 40 et 8 Lounge, 7607 NE 26th Avenue. Lunch this month is catered by Smokey’s. Please RSVP to: Ila Stanek

First, Scott Bailey, regional economist for the Employment Security Department’s Labor Market & Economic Analysis Branch covering Southwest Washington, will speak about how the economy is doing in SW Washington.

For the past 20 years,  Bailey has served as the regional economist for the Employment Security Department’s Labor Market & Economic Analysis Branch covering Southwest Washington. He publishes a monthly newsletter on local economic trends, and works closely with economic development and workforce development organizations in the region. Bailey has done extensive research on wages in the state and is the author of the annual “Washington Wage Report.” He is also a national trainer with the Census Bureau for the Local Employment Dynamics database.

Bailey received his master’s degree in economics from Portland State University. He is a board member of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economics Conference. He lives in Portland with his wife and two kids. In his spare time, Bailey is a public school activist working to improve education for all children in the Portland area.

Next, John Peterson General Manager of Clark Regional Wastewater District and Jason Robertson President of Public Involvement And Economic Development Company based in Olympia, will talk about the Discovery Clean Water Alliance and what it is doing to promote growth and jobs in the Discovery Corridor.

John worked as a wastewater process engineer, project manager and construction manager for much of his career with CH2M HILL.  He has worked for the Clark Regional Wastewater District since 2002.  Until 2008, he served as the District’s Capital Program Director and Clark County’s Wastewater Program Manager for the Phase 4 $80 million expansion of the Salmon Creek Wastewater Management System.  Currently John is the General Manager of the District and has been instrumental in developing a proposed regional sewer partnership with the Cities of Battle Ground and Ridgefield and Clark County.   John holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Oregon State University.  He is licensed as a professional engineer in Oregon and Washington and has over 20 years of experience in the wastewater industry.

John will be joined by Jason Robertson, President of J Robertson and Company, a public involvement, community and economic development practice based in Olympia.  Jason has a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning.  Jason has worked on over 100 projects for dozens of Pacific Northwest cities and counties over the past fifteen years.  A few nearby examples include the Downtown Camas Plan and award-winning community visions for Beaverton and Hillsboro, Oregon.  In addition to serving as facilitator during the regional sewer planning effort, Jason designed a customer survey to help identify core customer values and produced a variety of project information materials.

Following the presentations, there will be time for questions.

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