Lake Oswego is a wonderful community. It has a charming village feel, excellent schools, friendly people and is a great place to live, work and play. These are all qualities which led to my wife and I in choosing this community for our relocation to the Portland area and placed Lake Oswego at the top of our list of where to make our home.
I want to contribute to the future of our city that provides for a strong quality of life, ensures our community needs are met and is prosperous for our businesses.
I would like to share my thoughts on these areas and provide you with a perspective on my candidacy for Lake Oswego City Council.
In addition to the high quality of life that is provided to our citizens, I want Lake Oswego to continually provide an environment that supports our Lake Oswego businesses. We need to be proactive in attracting high quality and diverse businesses to Lake Oswego. I am seeing an increased number of for lease signs and we need to promote an environment where our businesses can thrive. I would like to support a new Economic Development Commission that advises the city council and staff on matters relating to business and economic development for Lake Oswego.
Additionally, I would like to implement a Business Incubation Center for aspiring Lake Oswego entrepreneurs. The general purpose of an incubator is to provide new businesses with shared resources and financial assistance that will ultimately lead to new jobs in the community. We can supply low-cost office space that is not being used today; provide assistance from sources such as SCORE; and university assistance to help drive success.
According to the National Business Incubation Association, more than 80 percent of the nation's businesses participating in this type of environment survive beyond their first five years of existence, while only 35 percent of non-incubator businesses survive their first five years. These programs have worked successfully with the support of city councils in cities like Colorado Springs, Colo., Ypsilanti, Mich., and Crossville, Tenn. Keep in mind that these are businesses which then go on to provide jobs, property tax revenue, and other support to their local communities.
Our community has expensive infrastructure projects that need to be completed. I will bring my proven business experience to help ensure these are done on time and within budget. Hopefully, we will not have another major expenditure in the coming years such as with the interceptor, but we can try to help those that are impacted the most. I am interested in modeling the town of Hollister, Calif., in its 'Lifeline Rate Program' providing for a 25 percent rate deduction to rate payers 60 years of age and older who meet the criteria of the program.
I want to share with you further my stance on other importance issues that face us - I support both the local school measure 3-305 and the library district measure. There is no greater issue that a community can invest in than its children, through the local schools. Our Lake Oswego schools are among the best in the state, with exceptional ratings again this year, and we need to ensure that this quality is continued into the future through support of the bond measure.
As a community service for all age groups, we are faced with the library district measure to provide the support needed for local libraries to continue. Our Lake Oswego Library is the best in the state and is a vital resource to all of our citizens.
Please visit my Web site at www.luber2008.com to learn more about my thoughts on these issues. I look forward to meeting you out in the community and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
I am thrilled and proud to be part of this community and I am asking for your vote for Lake Oswego City Council.
Justin Luber is a resident of Lake Oswego and a candidate for Lake Oswego City Council.