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Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis to deliver annual State of the City address - 03/17/17

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Gresham Mayor Shane T. Bemis will deliver his annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 22.

The speech, considered one of Gresham's signature civic events, begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Gresham Armory, 544 NE Division Street. The speech is delivered to an audience of City Councilors, community and neighborhood leaders, and residents. Attendees have the option of purchasing a plated lunch through the event co-host, the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, or enjoying complimentary refreshments in the additional free seats.

"The Chamber is honored to co-host this important event, and we welcome all citizens of Gresham to the Armory. It's a chance to hear personally from our Mayor about the plans for this community that we all love," said Sue Piazza, Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Board President.

In this year's speech, Bemis will report back to the community continued progress on opportunities for children and family, including an exciting new partnership to connect adult volunteer mentors with local kids in need of extra support. Other key themes include economic development, the City's innovations in 21st Century Policing, the most significant residential street maintenance project in the City's history, and the opening of Hogan Butte Nature Park.

"This event is such a great opportunity to take a moment and celebrate, as a community, how far we've come in a year. I'm even more excited to share my thoughts on where we go from here, and how we can--and will--continue to build upon our successes and overcome our challenges," Bemis said.

The general public is encouraged to attend. To make a reservation, or for more information, visit For those that cannot attend, the event will be streamed live, courtesy of MetroEast Community Media, on the City's Facebook page at as well as the Facebook page of Mayor Bemis. In addition, the video and a speech transcript will be posted at after the event.

Portland area mayors partner to advocate for legislative priorities - 03/07/17

Portland Metropolitan Area, OR. -- The Metropolitan Mayors' Consortium (MMC), a new coalition of Portland metropolitan area mayors, will convene for its inaugural advocacy day at the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday, March 9, and will hold a press conference to discuss their collective legislative agenda at 10:30 a.m. in the press room. MMC 2017 President, Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, will be among a large group of regional mayors appearing at the press conference.

The Consortium, consisting of 22 mayors from throughout the Portland metropolitan area, formed to advocate for collective local government priorities at the state and regional level. In the coming year, the group will focus their energies on issues of rights of way, property tax reform, transportation funding, protecting the use of recreational facilities and mental health investments. Prior to the press conference, the mayors will visit with nearly all the state's top elected leadership to advocate for these legislative priorities.

Members of the MMC will be available for a brief question and answer session at this press event.

Metropolitan Mayors' Consortium members
Mayor Denny Doyle, City of Beaverton
Mayor Jeffrey Dalin, City of Cornelius
Mayor Gery Schirado, City of Durham
Mayor Ted Tosterud, City of Fairview
Mayor Peter Truax, City of Forest Grove
Mayor Tammy Stempel, City of Gladstone
Mayor Shane Bemis, City of Gresham
Mayor Lori DeRemer, City of Happy Valley
Mayor Steve Callaway, City of Hillsboro
Mayor Ken Gibson, City of King City
Mayor Kent Studebaker, City of Lake Oswego
Mayor Mark Gamba, City of Milwaukie
Mayor Dan Holladay, City of Oregon City
Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland
Mayor Heather Kibbey, City of Rivergrove
Mayor Krisanna Clark, City of Sherwood
Mayor John Cook, City of Tigard
Mayor Casey Ryan, City of Troutdale
Mayor Lou Ogden, City of Tualatin
Mayor Russ Axelrod, City of West Linn
Mayor Tim Knapp, City of Wilsonville
Mayor Patricia Smith, City of Wood Village