Happy New Year to all of our friends in the Columbia River Gorge!  The 2017 legislative sessions bring a fresh opportunity for us to reach out to our lawmakers and remind them who we are, where we are and why we matter in our unique bi-state region.

Our first state capitol event this year will be in Olympia on Wednesday February 15th @ 6:30pm and the volunteers at the One Gorge advocacy group are working with our District 14 hosts Rep Gina McCabe, Rep Norm Johnson and Senator Curtis King to put together a memorable social evening.  Our second event will be on Thursday March 9th at 5:00pmat the Mission Mill in The Dye House located at 1313 Mill Street SE in Salem.

For both events, we encourage your participation and say thank you for considering to be a part of this year’s events!  This is a time for our businesses, organizations and Gorge residents to meet one-on-one with lawmakers and their staff.  We believe these annual events are an important way to make new connections, solidify existing relationships, encourage legislators to visit our region and for us to make a lasting impression. 

To make these events a success we would like all of our businesses to actively participate.  Please let me know who at your office would be the primary point of contact for us to communicate with as we continue our planning efforts.  Specifically here are the items that can use your assistance:

Encourage attendance, and join us to represent your business at both events

 Please download and share the event flyers: 

Provide marketing pieces from your business & community

We want to create a visual impact in our limited space and a short set up time
– pop up/ easel displays are the best (easy up/easy down)

– businesses are encouraged to send displays whether or not they can attend

Request for RAFFLE ITEMS from your local business to share

We request businesses provide 2 of the same item so that one can be shared in Olympia and one in Salem as part of our bi-state promotion
Raffle items can be turned in to me or to Genevieve Scholl at the Port of Hood River. Please note the retail value of each donation for reporting purposes. One Gorge is an informal organization and does not carry 503(c) status – your donation is not tax deductible. 
Request for SMALL SAMPLE ITEMS for event night from you local business to share
We expect 100-200 guests at the events.

Everyone will received a gift bag from Insitu and guests will be welcome to fill them with any items provided…Last year we had food bars, chocolate covered cherries, pears, logo stickers and more…

Thank you all so much – we are excited to improve this year’s events and we value your participation!  Please call Tammy at (509 ) 637-3340 for details on the Olympia event or Genevieve at (541) 386-1645 for Salem. 

Thank you!