Pam Treece brings years of regional economic development work

The influential Westside Economic Alliance has hired a new executive directive. She is Pam Treece, an economic development consultant with experience in both the private and public sectors.

"I'm excited. WEA is a well established and strong regional economic development organization that represents the economic engine of our state. I am looking forward to working with the alliance members to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of the region," says Treece.Treece

Treece has been active in regional economic development activities for many years. Most recently, she served as a consultant to Greater Portland Inc., a public-private economic development organization. Before that, she was the director of the Association of Regional Partners, an association of public officials working on economic development issues in the metropolitan area. And before that, Treece served as vice president of Oregon External Affairs for PacifiCorp.

"Pam is well versed in the region's economic needs, and she is respected by business and government leaders across the region," said Norm Eder, WEA's president. "Pam's deep experience and commitment to a healthy regional economy will make the WEA an even stronger and more effective voice for the Westside."

Metro Council President Tom Hughes also praised the choice, saying, "I have worked with Pam at Regional Partners and Greater Portland Inc. She will bring knowledge, energy and a strong collaborative spirit to the organization. I look forward to working with her on issues that face our region."

Treece is a native Oregonian. She received her undergraduate degree from Portland State University and her master's degree from Lewis & Clark College.

The Westside Economic Alliance is a business advocacy group with both public and private sector members in Washington and Western Clackamas counties. It works to improve the local business climate, enhance livability and promote economic development opportunities on the Westside of the region.

Among other things, the organization holds monthly breakfast forums with speakers on important policy issues. The WEA was created in 1998 through the merger of two economic development-related organizations, the Sunset Corridor Association and the Tualatin Valley Development Corporation.

Treece replaces Johnathan Schlueter, who was hired several months ago as Washington County’s government relations manager. He had worked at the WEA since 2004.

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