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  • December 16, 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    Mae Lin Plummer Takes the Helm

    at Leach Botanical Garden: Former Executive Director

    David Porter retires

    as head of the iconic Portland Parks & Recreation attraction

    Leach Garden Friends, the non-profit organization caring for Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Leach Botanical Garden, is pleased to announce Mae Lin Plummer as the popular garden’s new Executive Director. Plummer spent nearly 20 years in the corporate financial industry until discovering her passion for horticulture and public gardens. She served as Garden Director at the Duke Mansion and filled several roles at the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, both in North Carolina.

    She recently completed the esteemed Longwood Fellows Program at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Plummer will step into the position in mid-January and succeed outgoing Executive Director David Porter, who is retiring after more than 10 years of unwavering commitment to the beloved public attraction.

    “Mae Lin will take over a world-class destination,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “And the future is bright. I wish David Porter the very best in his retirement. The City thanks him for his enthusiastic stewardship as he led Leach Botanical Garden’s efforts in caretaking the magnificent site. East Portland, Leach Botanical Garden, and the parks system are better off thanks to David’s efforts. We wish him the best and are delighted to welcome such a worthy replacement. Mae Lin Plummer joins Leach with impressive credentials, experience, and commitment to stewardship of botanical gardens.”

    “This is an extraordinary time of transformation and growth for Leach Botanical Garden,” says the incoming Executive Director, Plummer. “I could not be more excited to join such a passionate and dedicated team as we strive to expand access to the inspiring beauty of this unique and special place and continue to educate and steward our essential relationship with the natural world so that its benefits are available to everyone.” “I’m excited to work with Mae Lin Plummer as she takes the helm of the beloved sanctuary that is Leach,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “Nature is a place of healing and reflection, and Leach is a place for nature at its best. Great things lie ahead for Leach Botanical Garden, and we’ll get there together.”

  • October 14, 2020 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    As we come into the Fall season, the Board is looking to what programs to offer in the coming year. The series of educational programs with Fran Tarkington is no longer available so we appreciate your input on what you would like to hear in an educational program. Please advise Gary Russell at, Mary Ann Gray at or Kim Kelly at with your thoughts and ideas.

    Thank you for your input!  Your EPCC Board

  • June 18, 2020 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    The Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind business taxpayers and tax preparers that it has on-line resources to help businesses that still need to register for Oregon's new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT).

    The CAT applies to all business entity types, such as C and S corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, and other entities. Businesses are required to register for the CAT within 30 days of reaching $750,000 in Oregon commercial activity in the calendar year. More than 13,000 business entities have registered for the CAT since registration opened in December 2019.

    Registration for the CAT is through Revenue Online. A short CAT registration training document is available on the CAT page of the Revenue website.

    To register, individuals doing business in Oregon will need their name and their Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Businesses will need their entity's legal name and federal employer identification number.

    Businesses and individuals will need:

    • Their mailing address;
    • The date they exceeded or expect to exceed $750,000 in Oregon commercial activity;
    • A valid email address or current Revenue Online login, and;
    • Their Business Activity Code (Refer to the current list of North American Industry Classification System codes found with their federal income tax return instructions.)

    Taxpayers don't need a Revenue Online account to register for the CAT. Those who have Revenue Online accounts can't be logged in to register for the CAT. Instead, they should go directly to the CAT webpage and click on the "Register for the CAT" link on the right-hand side of the page.

    Rules hearing Tuesday

    In accordance with social distancing measures necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, the public hearing for the second set of permanent rules for the Corporate Activity Tax will take place via conference call 9 to 11 a.m.Tuesday, June 23.

    To participate in the hearing, interested parties should call 541-465-2805 and enter the conference PIN 234470 when prompted. Those wishing to testify at the hearing will need to register beginning at 8:45 a.m. on the conference call line. Those needing to make alternate arrangements for registration should contact the Department of Revenue (DOR) rules coordinator before 8:45 a.m. June 23.

    The CAT rules being considered are:

    • 150-317-1050 Sourcing of Commercial Activity for Financial Institutions.
    • 150-317-1060 Farmer's Sales to Agricultural Cooperatives.
    • 150-317-1140 Wholesale Sale of Groceries Exclusion.
    • 150-317-1400 Determining Property Resold Out of State and Methods of Determining.

    Additional information about the hearing can be found on the administrative rules page of the Revenue website.


  • August 02, 2019 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    On July 24th, the East Portland Chamber of Commerce performed a Ribbon Cutting for new chamber members, the GEICO Local Office at11606 NE 6th. The food was tasty and plentiful. Former Governer, Barbara Roberts attended and congratulated Steve on the Grand Opening. Iheartmedia welcomed everyone as they arrived and the D.J. kept the music flowing. Best of all, the Gecko was everywhere!

    President. Gary Russell, presents the Chamber certificate to Geico agent, Steve Ching.   

  • June 11, 2019 10:38 AM | Deleted user

    On June 23rd Adventist Health will again host SunnyCity. 

    Fun day for the whole family! 

    Local businesses and community organizations come together to present SunnyCity, an afternoon festival featuring free activities, games, giveaways and educational entertainment for families on Sunday, June 23, at Portland Adventist Academy.


    1-4 pm: Family Fair
    3:45 pm: Fire juggling presentation
    4 pm: Ben Roy: The Science Guy from Go Science Zone


    Portland Adventist Academy

    1500 SE 96th

    Portland OR  97216

    Follow link for the flyer: SunnyCity Fair Flyer2019

  • April 11, 2019 9:26 AM | Deleted user

    Last month we welcomed these new businesses to East Portland...

    The East Portland Chamber of Commerce helped Smart Foodservice on SE 82 and Stark celebrate their Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting.

    Vice President, David Gattman presented a certificate and welcomed store manager, Ryan Schneider, to the community.  Be sure to stop in, save some money, fill your pantry and buy some great foods!


    More than a family affair, the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting was a community event for DB Dessert Company.  Vice President, David Gattman presented a certificate to business owner and chief creative, Damala Bandon.

    With heartfelt thanks, Damala expressed her gratitude to family, friends, and the community for helping her fulfill a dream.  You can order your desserts online at

  • April 11, 2019 9:14 AM | Deleted user

    Recognized in the top 25 percent for quality, safety and expereince

    By demonstrating excellence in quality patient care, Adventist Health Portland has earned the 2018 HealthInsight Hospital Quality Award. This recognition is given to the highest performing health care provider organizations in Oregon, and other states for which HealthInsight serves as the Medicare program’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contractor.

    Adventist Health Portland was measured against other Oregon hospitals on publicly reported patient experience scores, healthcare associated infection rates and readmission rates. The HealthInsight Hospital Quality award is only given to hospitals that rank in the top 25th percentile for their composite score in these measures.

    “This recognition validates the commitment our associates make to every patient,” says David Russell, president. “Fulfilling our mission in every interaction transforms the lives, experiences and outcomes of those we serve.” 

    The HealthInsight Quality Award program promotes transparency in health care. Through the HealthInsight Quality Award Program, HealthInsight aims to assist providers, improve care and help consumers be more active and informed participants in that care.

    Hospital eligibility is based on a composite ranking for performance on publicly reported data (Hospital Compare) with weighted contributions:

    • Patient Experience of Care (HCAHPS) - 35%
    • Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) - 45%
    • Readmissions - 20%

    Hospitals that rank in the top 25th percentile for the composite score are eligible for a 2018 Quality Award.

  • June 11, 2018 8:44 AM | Deleted user

    Survey: Employees Credit Well-Being Programs with Improved Health Authored by UnitedHealthcare
    Like it or not, you probably spend more hours at work than just about anywhere else. So it makes sense that a healthier workplace could lead to increased well-being. Employers are taking note, with an increasing number of organizations offering health and well-being initiatives.

    More than half (53 percent) of employees with access to an employer-sponsored well-being program say the initiative has had a positive effect on their health, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 2018 “Wellness Check Up Survey.” Of those, 88 percent said the programs motivated them to pay more attention to their health, 67 percent reported the initiatives helped them lose weight, and 30 percent said they helped detect a disease or medical condition.
    Among employees without access to well-being programs, 73 percent of respondents said they would be interested in such initiatives if offered, including 42 percent who are “very interested.”

    In today’s competitive business environment, offering these programs might help companies establish themselves as “employers of choice,” said Rebecca Madsen, UnitedHealthcare chief consumer officer. “By investing in wellness programs, employers are in a unique position to drive engagement and create healthier, happier and more productive workforces.”

    Other survey findings show more employees than ever are using activity trackers, with 27 percent owning one of the devices, double the 13 percent of them who owned a device the previous year.
    Despite that increase in active tracker usage, the survey found that many employees overestimate their levels of physical activity. Seventy-four percent claimed they met government recommendations for physical activity (defined as at least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two days or more per week of moderate- or high-intensity muscle-strengthening activities). However, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that just 20 percent of people meet those recommended guidelines.

    Whether you have a wellness program at your job or not, it’s important to take responsibility for your own health and wellness. Seek out resources through your community, health plan or employer to help support your own wellness journey.
    See the full Wellness Check Up Survey results.

  • April 25, 2018 3:47 PM | Scott Hendison (Administrator)

    EPCC has a reciprocal agreement with East Metro Economic Alliance (EMEA) who has many of the same goals as the chamber. This is a prosperity forum they have put together for May 4th.  

    Their focus is to look at our region (for East Metro area) and bring in business leaders to help focus on what our community needs and/or wants. 

    This is an exciting event and one that the chamber encourages you all to consider attending. 

    It's a major time commitment (8 am to 2:00 pm) but it is truly a great opportunity for businesses to have input on what direction our community should head. 

    Here's a link to find out more - event-2855681

  • February 20, 2017 12:01 PM | Deleted user

    Got a problem?

    Speeding cars? No sidewalks? Dangerous biking conditions? Pot holes? 

    Join the Traffic Safety Action-shop learn about what you can do to address issues in your neighborhood. This is a solution-oriented workshop for people who want to take action! 

    Traffic Safety Action-shop
    Thursday, February 23, 2017  
    6:30-8:30 pm

    Doors open & Light refreshments at 6 pm
    Lents Village, 10305 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland
    RSVP here

    At the event:

    Connect with transportation experts:

    • Francesca Patricolo, Transportation Planner & Public Involvement Specialist, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
    • Hannah Day-Kapell, Senior Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design
    • Sharon White, Pedestrian Safety Outreach and Education, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
    • Local experts on community-based interim solutions to traffic safety.

    Hear from neighbors about successful examples:

    • Meesa Long and Lesley McKinley will share the success of a grassroots effort that resulted a Safe Routes to School grant.
    • Terry Dublinski-Milton will share the successful advocacy efforts from volunteers that led to installation of traffic diverters on SE Clinton.
    • Mingus Mapps from the Parkrose Alliance and Historic Parkrose will share about the advocacy during the development of the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan resulted in long-lasting improvement for the neighborhood’s livability.

    Walk away with a plan for action:

    • Bring your friends or come with your idea. There will be time to think through your problem and hatch a plan. 

    Everyone is welcome. This is the first in a series of Traffic Safety Action-shops.
    For more information about the event, accessibility and future action-shops, check out this website.

    RSVP here to let us know that you can make it!

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