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Greater Portland Inc Announces 2017 Board Officers and Board of Directors

April 19,2017 | By Greater Portland Inc
Van ValkenburgPORTLAND, Ore. – Greater Portland Inc (GPI) is excited to announce that Wally Van Valkenburg, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, has been elected chairman of the board. Vice chairs are Mike Hurley of JPMorgan Chase and The Hon. Lou Ogden, Mayor of Tualatin, Oregon.

Van Valkenburg has served as a member of the GPI board since its inception in 2011. Stoel Rives is also a founding member of the public and private partnership that advances regional economic development. Van Valkenburg succeeds Jim Piro, President and CEO of PGE as chairman.

“Wally’s leadership and longstanding appetite for economic development will ensure the upward trajectory of GPI’s performance continues,” said Janet LaBar, GPI president and CEO. “He has been an integral part of what has made Greater Portland a destination for global investment, and with Wally and GPI’s board, we’ll continue to show the world that this is a great place to do business.”

Van Valkenburg, who served as managing partner of Stoel Rives’ Portland office from 2006 to 2016, represents and counsels businesses across a wide range of industries. He is a member of the firm’s technology and intellectual property, antitrust compliance, and economic development practice groups.  From 2003 to2013, he also chaired the Oregon Business Development Commission. 

“I am very honored to have the opportunity to help lead GPI,” Van Valkenburg said. “The Portland metro region is a great place to do business, but we compete in a global economy for companies and the jobs they create. GPI is an important part of how we tell our region’s story to the world. And by uniting leaders from both the public and private sectors, GPI helps improve the overall business climate for Greater Portland.”

Through the support of public and private partners, GPI is generating economic wealth across the region. In 2016, GPI assisted 11 companies in expanding or relocating to Greater Portland, creating a total of 692 jobs and generating $37 million in income in region.
Greater Portland Inc Board Officers
  • Chairman of the Board: Wally Van Valkenburg, Partner, Stoel Rives              
  • Vice Chair (Private): Mike Hurley, Market Executive, Executive Director, Oregon & SW Washington, JP Morgan Chase  
  • Vice Chair (Public): The Hon. Lou Ogden, Mayor, City of Tualatin
  • Immediate Past Chairman: Jim Piro, President and CEO, PGE     
  • Treasurer: Mike Bomar, President and CEO, Columbia River Economic Development Council
  • Secretary: Erin Flynn, Associate Vice President, Research and Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University
Click here to see a complete list of the 2017 Greater Portland Inc board of directors.
About Greater Portland Inc: GPI provides support and services to companies seeking to relocate or expand in Greater Portland, a region that spans two states and seven counties. A true public-private partnership model, GPI is supported by more than 70 public-sector partners and private investors who are committed to advancing regional economic development through job growth and investment. GPI and our partners are shaping the region’s economic future and marketing Greater Portland to the world.

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