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City to honor Stanton with reception


San Soucie moderates National League of Cities workshop

The city of Beaverton invites the public to a reception honoring City Councilor Cathy Stanton, a 19-year council veteran, who will step down from her position at the end of the month. The event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of Beaverton City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive.

Since 1994, Councilor Stanton has worked with numerous city boards of directors, commissions and committees, including the Westside Economic Alliance Transportation Committeec Community Action of Washington County as well as served as a Beaverton delegate to the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission.

Considered by her peers to be passionate and knowledgeable about transportation issues, Stanton’s involvement with city government inadvertently started when she successfully went to bat to save a bridge from demolition in her Greenway neighborhood. Working with city officials, she managed to save the bridge and keep what many considered to be a vital community link intact.

“Cathy has been a tremendous champion for our community,” said Mayor Dennis Doyle. “The city has greatly benefited by her strong leadership. She will be sorely missed.”

Voters chose Mark Fagin in May to fill Stanton’s Position 3 council seat in January. The chief executive officer of Gaston Sales, which caters to high-tech businesses, Fagin serves on the city’s Planning Commission and Civic Plan Steering Committee.

Marc San Soucie joined the City Council in 2008, but said he’s been working with Stanton since the early 1990s, when they served on the Washington County Transportation Committee.

“She’s been the dean of the council for an awfully long time,” he noted.

San Soucie just returned from Boston, where he moderated a workshop on “Supporting Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs” at the 2012 National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition. The annual conference brings together thousands of city officials from across the country to share resources, learn innovations and explore the challenges and opportunities cities are facing.

A former software start-up company executive, San Soucie serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Technology Business Center, a Beaverton-based business incubator. With conference participants from Boston and Asheville, N.C., he shared perspectives on programs to aid entrepreneurs in starting new businesses.

Topics included enabling communication and a positive policy environment, strategically supporting accelerators and incubators, and engaging partners who can provide expertise, resources and growth opportunities to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

“It was a really great conference,” he said. “It provided a good opportunity to hear about ways other cities have addressed problems, their best practices and ideas. It was very pertinent to what we’re trying to do (with the incubator) in Beaverton. It was a nice treat to go share what we’ve done in terms of supporting entrepreneurs and startups.”

Workshop participants from the other cities seemed particularly impressed with the Beaverton incubator’s educational curriculum and coaching component, for which San Soucie credits OTBC Executive Director Steve Morris.

“Our executive director has developed a very strong curriculum for coaching entrepreneurs,” he said. “That’s not too common. Every (startup) program has something unique and powerful about it, and that’s the most interesting and powerful part of ours.”