April Program

April 10th 2014
Time: 11:45 am
Location: Multnomah Athletic Club

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Multi-City Mayoral Discussion on Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities
CREW will host a panel discussion by three local mayors on the topic of Economic Development.  Mayor Shane Bemis from Gresham, Mayor Doug Neeley from Oregon City, and Mayor Lou Ogden from Tualatin will discuss what makes each of their cities unique, what challenges and opportunities they face, the changes they've seen over the last 10 years, and their visions for the future.

Mayor Shane Bemis, originally from Montana, moved to Gresham when he was 15 and enrolled in Gresham High School. Elected to City Council in 2002, Mayor Bemis was sworn in as Gresham's Mayor in 2007. Currently a restaurant owner in Gresham's historic downtown, Mayor Bemis started his first business venture at the age of 27. In 2008, he was honored with a Certificate of Recognition by the Oregon Mayors Association for his leadership as Mayor of Gresham.

Mayor Doug Neeley is a long time Portland area resident having graduated from Grant High School. He has a BA in Biology from PSU and a Ph. D in Statistics from North Carolina State University. Neeley has played an active role in the Oregon City community for more than 20 years including serving on the Oregon Trail Foundation and the Oregon City Chambers Board of Directors.  Mayor Neely has served as Mayor of Oregon City since 2011.

Mayor Lou Ogden moved to Oregon in 1975 after receiving his BS in Engineering from the University of IL. He has been a Tualatin resident for nearly 33 years and was elected to the City Council in 1992 and Mayor in 1994. He is a self-employed life and health insurance broker serving small businesses and individuals. He is married with two daughters and five step children.  Mayor Ogden has served on numerous boards and committees at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Lisa LaManna with Pate LaManna Commercial, LLC will serve as moderator for the program.  Lisa is a founding member of Pate LaManna Commercial, LLC, with offices in Oregon & Bellevue, WA.  Lisa is a former President Elect for CREW, East Bay Area of California.  She has over 18 years of commercial real estate experience. Ms. LaManna has closed over $850 million in investment sales. Prior to investment sales, she appraised over three billion square feet of commercial real estate. Pate LaManna Commercial is a boutique commercial real estate firm founded in 2011.

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