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GPI welcomes Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

April 25,2017 | By Adam Newman

Despite the endless partisan bickering in the press, there’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes in Washington said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici when she visited the Greater Portland Inc office Monday. Bonamici (D-Ore.) said there is plenty of bipartisan support for continued federal funding of economic development as she fielded questions from a roundtable of business leaders and economic development professionals as part of the GPI Ambassadors program.

“It’s not as bad as it appears,” she said. In fact she said she worked across the aisle to craft the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act. The legislation package will update tsunami detection and warning systems as well as support community outreach and hazard resilience planning.

In fact the bright side of all the changes in Washington, she emphasized, is the increased engagement of her constituents.

“People are paying attention to what is happening and asking a lot of questions,” she said. She encourages everyone to reach out to their elected officials about issues they think are important.

Bonamici was enthusiastic about the opportunities for career technical training, citing the new Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Scappoose as an example. The facility brings together higher education, government and private industry to develop cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and offer advanced training.

Bonamici represents Oregon’s 1st Congressional district, which covers the westernmost portion of the city of Portland and includes, all or parts of Yamhill, Washington, Columbia and Clatsop Counties, stretching all the way to Astoria and Cannon Beach. She was first elected in 2012.

GPI plans to host more of these roundtable events for GPI Ambassadors so keep an eye on your inbox for invitations.

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