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Business summit set for Canby

Business professionals will put their heads together during Thursday event


Members of similar businesses will put their heads and ideas together Thursday morning at the Canby Business and Professional Services Summit sponsored by the city economic development department.

The group, including architects, attorneys, bankers, bookkeepers and medical and real estate professionals, will meet 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Canby Police Facility at 1175 NW Third Ave.

Businesses doing well in Canby are identified in six clusters under the city of Canby economic development plan: business and professional services, agriculture and food production, wholesale trade and trucking, high tech, advanced technologies — metals and machinery and the clean sector, including transportation, construction, energy and telecommunications.

“We identified specific industry clusters that have strength here in Canby in terms of numbers of jobs, number of companies and gross domestic products,” said Renate Mengelberg, city economic development director.

The business and professional services cluster includes nearly 100 Canby businesses, employing more than 250 employees and contributing about $12.2 million annual to Canby’s gross domestic product, she said.

The summits help provide more data.

“We wanted to dig deeper, understand why these industries are strong here and what about Canby fosters their success,” Mengelberg said. “Are there challenges they are facing, are there growth opportunities and how can we make it a stronger business climate for them?”

The summits provide an opportunity for cluster members to connect with similar businesses, share their expertise, discuss common issues and opportunities to grow their industry, she said.

Mayor Brian Hodson will make introductory comments at Thursday’s gathering and the industry conversation will be led by Tyler Smith, an attorney and chairman of the Canby Planning Commission.

This will be the Economic Development Department’s fourth summit. Earlier summits included agriculture and food production, advanced technologies and clean tech — construction energy and telecommunications.




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