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State treasurer is keynote speaker at chambers economic summit

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler will give the keynote address at the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce's Economic Summit, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road.

The theme of the summit is 'Key ingredients to economic development success.' Wheeler's speech will provide a big-picture look at what it takes to thrive economically on the state level.

'From the small business owner to the corporate CEO, we all have a role to play in promoting economic development. Attendees will leave the event with a list of concrete ways to improve our region's economy,' said Alison Hart, chief executive officer of the chamber. 'The summit will also highlight the region's strengths and showcase what the east metro region has to offer businesses looking to expand or relocate.'

Other speakers will share what the east metro region can do to encourage business growth and job creation.

• Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis will report on how the city of Gresham is working to attract new businesses to the area and how that impacts East County.

• Michele Reeves of Civilis Consultants will give a presentation on how the region can better leverage its identity to create lasting economic improvement.

• National Recruitment Officer Jill Miles of Business Oregon will provide an overview of the region's strengths and how the process of coordinated site selection works.

• Kim Capeloto, executive vice president of Riverview Community Bank, will moderate a panel discussion on the experiences of successful East County businesses.

The cost to attend this year's event is $60 for chamber members and $70 for non-members. Breakfast is included. Corporate tables are still available; call the chamber office at 503-665-1131 for information. To purchase tickets for the event, visit greshamchamber.org.