OBA Policy Committees
Business and Finance Committee
Chair: Robert Manicke, Stoel Rives
OBA believes a healthy business environment is essential for fostering economic growth. This committee was formed to analyze business climate and economic development issues including those that impact business profitability such as regulatory requirements, wage-related issues, immigration issues, cost changing mandates, tax credits and incentives. The committee also focuses on tax and finance issues.
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Chair: Kathy Swift, Pacific Continental Bank
OBA works to develop a world-class education system from pre-kindergarten through higher education. The committee was formed to analyze educational issues such as funding and policy issues related to curriculum requirements, workforce training and life-long learning, cost-savings mechanisms and skill assessment.
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Environment & Economic Development Committee
Co-Chairs: Bill Edmonds, NW Natural and Rick Glick, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
OBA believes that healthy, sustainable environmental practices can go hand-in-hand with a strong, healthy economy. This committee addresses traditional environmental issues as well as land use, water and air quality, forestry, and economic development in the clean energy sector.
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Health Policy Committee
Chair: Gayle Evans, Unitus Community Credit Union
OBA believes that health care affordability and access are critical business issues. This committee was formed to analyze business health care insurance and related issues such as traditional employer health care insurance cost containment as well as societal and public sector health, health care and health policy issues including delivery, parity and quality.
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Chair: Joan Snyder, Stoel Rives
OBA works to restore and maintain a reliable, efficient infrastructure and transportation system that accommodates growth and moves people and goods efficiently. This committee examines issues of multi-modal planning and the associated funding issues.
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