Four state officials will gather from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Beaverton Civic Library Auditorium, 12375 S.W. Fifth St., for a town hall meeting to discuss legislation related to Oregon job creation and economic development.

The public is invited to attend the forum, where Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, state Reps. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton, and Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, and Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler will discuss the Oregon Investment Act.

Developed by Wheeler's office on behalf of Gov. John Kitzhaber, the proposed legislation would combine lottery and private resources to increase the flow of capital into Oregon, provide more financing for state ventures, increase the availability of loans for established businesses ready to expand and otherwise enhance the business climate.

Kitzhaber asked Wheeler to help generate business development ideas for the 2011 legislative session.

The treasurer worked with others, including Read, to propose a 'one-stop' concierge desk for businesses interested in the state.

Lawmakers endorsed the concept.

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