Cushing ready to break new ground as chamber president

by: CLIFF NEWELL - Doug Cushing will be seeking to welcome a lot of new businesses to Lake Oswego in the coming year.Doug Cushing is used to being busy at Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce business, but this year he is taking a step up.

Cushing has begun his one-year tenure as president of the LO chamber. Some people have a full plate. Cushing has a full platter.

“We have new business developments, a new city manager (Scott Lazenby), a new budget, people changes,” Cushing said. “The chamber’s relationship with the city will be a priority.”

Cushing noted that the chamber has stood on the other side of some issues with the city council, such as the reduction of city staff members who deal with business development. Now that Cushing is in the driver’s seat he will try to make some positive changes.

“Obviously, we are interested in working with the city on different fronts,” Cushing said. “We want to keep the lines of communication open.”

Some big business changes are coming to Lake Oswego, including Kruse Way Village, developments in the Marylhurst and Foothills area and the Wizer block, which will be the subject of a LO chamber government affairs meeting today.

Cushing also wants to revive the Young Professionals of Lake Oswego, which started out with a bang but faded after the transfer of several key organizers to positions in other cities.

As always, a big key will be increasing memberships and providing the services that make people want to sign up.

Cushing is encouraged that more progress can be achieved in 2013-14 because of progress made over the past year.

“The membership numbers are back up after the economy hit us so hard,” Cushing said. “I am encouraged by the efforts of the Downtown Business Association’s efforts on marketing. We’ve also been able to solidify the role of the chamber in this community.”

Another reason for optimism is that Chuck O’Leary will be assuming full-time duties as executive director of the chamber.

A resident of Lake Oswego for 24 years, Cushing is an attorney with the firm Jordan Ramis PC. He has been widely recognized for his community commitment.

“We have some new people on the board, and new voices are always good to have,” Cushing said. “We will also have old voices to give counseling and advice.”

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