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The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a technology-focused Build Your Business Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

Resource One President Jim Kinnier will speak on how technology can make your company more efficient, productive and responsive to customers. Business owners outside of Hillsboro are welcome.

To reserve a space, go to hillchamber.org or contact Chamber President Deanna Palm at 503-726-2146 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members or guests.

Bob Grover nabs leadership award

Bob Grover, president of Hillsboro-based landscape company Pacific Landscape Management, has received the 2013 Lawn & Landscape Leadership Award from the Professional Landcare Network, the national landscape industry trade association, and Lawn & Landscape Magazine.

The award is presented annually to individuals who make a national impact on the landscape industry through their work within their companies as well as through the industry trade association.

“My business philosophy is to do the right thing, and the money will follow,” said Grover. “We set out to build a great organization. Profit funds the great things that we do, not the other way around.”

Pacific Landscape Management has been named one of Oregon’s 100 Best Employers and one of Oregon’s 100 Greenest Companies by Oregon Business Magazine for 2013.

Hospital gets

seismic upgrade

Hillsboro’s Tuality Community Hospital is now much safer should an earthquake strike thanks to an upgrade made possible through the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program administered by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Tuality Hospital received a $1.3 million seismic grant to upgrade its building.

Built in the 1950s, Tuality was structured in a way that all four buildings were not connected together.

The design put the hospital at risk during an earthquake.

“In the event of a seismic situation we would see those buildings crashing together causing significant damage,” said Steve Krautscheid, director of facilities and properties.

Using funding from the seismic rehabilitation grant, engineers added concrete walls and connected the buildings together. The upgrade was completed in 2012.

Since 2009, state-funded seismic retrofit grants have been awarded to 18 public safety facilities, 21 K-12 Oregon schools, and three Oregon community college and university campuses deemed in danger during a large earthquake.

“The hospitals are vital in a disaster, and we need to make sure the buildings are functional and continue to operate so they can serve the people in the community,” said Kiri Carini, Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program Coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Oregon State University scientists estimate there is a 37 percent chance that a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will strike Oregon within the next 50 years, and smaller earthquakes are even more likely to occur.

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