Housing Summit - BAC: Business Advocacy Council Meeting

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Name: Housing Summit - BAC: Business Advocacy Council Meeting
Date: July 16, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Event Description:
With the formal adoption of the Basalt Creek Concept Plan by City Council, our July 16th BAC meeting will be devoted to the housing. We’ve invited Michael Andersen, Senior Fellow with Sightline, to share his expertise on how communities can address housing of all types from Affordable to High End Executive.

With 2500 jobs projected to come out of Basalt Creek, addressing the housing shortage has become even more important and the lack of housing is definitely impacting business. Potential employees are turning down better paying jobs if their commute takes more than 45 minutes. One GM shared that he’s not able to recruit talent past Wilsonville, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Sherwood. The result is that it’s limited the quality of employees he’s able to attract. He went on to say, if it doesn’t start to improve it could cause them to have to move not only out of Tualatin but out of the state. This is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately.

Michael Andersen, senior fellow, has been writing about ways better municipal policy can help break poverty cycles, with a focus on housing and transportation, for over a decade. His work before joining Sightline in 2018 included reporting and editing for print and web in Longview and Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, where he worked as news editor of; writer for the pro-housing coalition Portland for Everyone; and infrastructure staff writer for PeopleForBikes, the largest national biking advocacy organization. He has an English degree from Grinnell College and a journalism degree from Northwestern. He told his wife on their first date that he was "not really a bike guy" and he's sticking with his story. They live in Portland with their kid and cat, and park their car in the street. Email him at, and follow him on Twitter at @andersem.

The Business Advocacy Council's mission is to promote business growth and job development that fosters a healthy and stable economic foundation within our community. We focus our work on creating a strong local economy, workforce development, and public policy. Our driving principle is to create a business friendly environment so that businesses can create jobs. 
Tualatin Heritage Center
8700 SW Sweek Dr
Tualatin, OR 97062
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Monday, July 16, 2018
11:30 am  - 1:00 pm
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